Announcing the RAFFL New Farmer Summer Workshop Series

Want to find out how to prevent plant diseases from destroying your harvest? How to amp up your sales at the farmers market with a stellar booth that grabs the public’s attention? What to do when you’re tired and sore at the end of a long day? or how to figure out where to put that next hoop house or design an efficient farm landscape?

Then don’t miss out on RAFFL’s 2013 New Farmer Workshop Series!

Packed with expert speakers on dynamic topics, learn from the best and network with other new farmers from Rutland County and beyond!


Integrated Pest & Disease Management for Fruits & Vegetables

Presented by Ann Hazelrigg, Plant Pathologist with UVM Extension

July 17, 5-7 pm, Merck Forest and Farmland Center, 3270 Route 315, Rupert, VT, followed by a farmer potluck!

$10 per participant

Hone your plant disease and insect ID skills and learn how to promote beneficial bugs and address pest and disease issues for fruits and vegetables.

We’ll begin with a presentation of pests and diseases for vegetable crops and talk about pertinent issues for organic growers.

Outside we’ll do a scouting walk with a focus on berries along with some discussion of other fruit crops and vegetables.

There will be ample opportunity to ask questions or ask for feedback about your own production concerns.

Bring a dish to pass and stay for the farmer potluck beginning at 7 pm! 


Increase Your Sales with nationally-recognized marketing expert Bruce Baker


August 31, 10 am- 12:15 pm RAFFL office & Depot Park, Rutland

Learn how to maximize your farmers market and farmstand sales. Learn what works and what doesn’t from one of the best! Bruce will discuss the importance of strategic booth design and how to attract more customers into your booth or farmstand through your display and merchandising. After the classroom session we’ll take a tour of the Rutland Farmers Market to evaluate what we’ve just learned.

Producers will have an opportunity to have Bruce give an analysis of their booth with suggestions for improvement in a 15 minute session. These slots are limited and fill up fast so sign up today to ensure you’re spot. Booths can set up at the market in Depot Park, farmstand and winter market growers can bring photos or create a mock-display indoors in the RAFFL conference room.

$15 registration for the classroom and farmers market session, there is an additional $15 charge for the one-on-one display evaluation. Sign-up today!

Click here to register for this workshop.


Movement for a Healthy Farming Body

Presented by farmers/yoga instructors Stephanie Jones, Galen Miller and farmer/massage therapist Lindsay Arbuckle,

September 23, 6-8 pm, Rutland Public Library Fox Room

Suggested donation: $10

Learn techniques and simple movements that can help increase your comfort and flexibility in everyday tasks. Learn how to relax your body after a long day of hard work and to let go of tension and stress. Practice self-massage and stretches to address acute issues common to farmers.  This workshop is for any farmer or aspiring farmer who wants to keep their body healthy and moving!


Land Use Planning, details to be announced!



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