OPEN HOUSE SEED TRIALS: FINDINGS FOR FARMERS

What: Students are actively researching crops in school greenhouse trials providing data on production and flavor profiles for use by professional growers

Where: the Middlebury Union High School Greenhouse

When: Friday May 15th 9-10:30

Why: Students have the opportunity to influence crop selection that can be used by farmers in farm to school work

The Alternative Education students who manage the Middlebury Union High School greenhouse have been busy this spring running seed trials for early spring greens production. The students seeded greens in early March and have been recording data on time to germination, time to harvest, soil and air temperatures, as well as qualitative data on taste. Students have seeded many varieties of kale, spinach, and lettuce, as well as some unusual varieties such as Italian dandelion greens, garden sorrel, purple orach, as well as many others. There are several varieties of spinach being raise too: Space, Regiment, Shelby, Corvair, and Pigeon
The purpose of this trial was to record all the growth and harvest data and have it available to local growers that do early spring production as well as winter greens production. The data as well as actually getting to see the varieties growing, and the opportunity to taste the varieties should be valuable to anyone growing commercially.

Please contact Steve Colangeli for more information on the open house. His email is scolangeli@addisoncentralsu.organd phone is 802-382-1185

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Strawberry Festival – Vendor Opportunity

Check out this invite from Jill at Little Lake Orchard in Wells to join their Strawberry Festival and/or farmstand as a vendor!
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Hi Folks,
We would like to extend an invitation for you to vend at this year’s Strawberry Festival on June 27th, 2015 from noon to 4PM.  It is going to be a big day for our farm–we are hosting the festival and celebrating the grand opening of our farm stand as well. In preparation for all this celebrating, we are planning to have more music, a bigger or additional tent for more shade, a few more vendors (not too many), and more activities for children.  We intend to promote the event more widely than we have before and to plan for additional parking.  We estimate that 300 adults and children came through the Festival last year, and we expect moderate growth for 2015.
We are considering charging a small vending fee–for folks who are selling goods–in the neighborhood of $20.  This will help us defray the cost of the bigger or extra tent to give customers more shady space (or dry space in case of poor weather).
Please let us know if you’re interested in attending and if a $20 vending fee would be reasonable given the exposure and anticipated income for your business.
Lastly, if you have any products you are interested in selling through our farm stand, please let me know.  For 2015, we can accommodate shelf-stable products, some produce and crafts.
Thanks for your time; I hope to hear from you.  802-783-8097 or  littlelakeorchard@gmail.com.
Jill
PS:  It would be helpful to know if you’re interested as soon as possible.  Thank you!

Agritourism Conference – Apply for Scholarships by 3/15!

Join farmers, educators, and service providers in Rutland, Vermont for a two-day exploration of open farms!
More information at www.uvm.edu/vtagritourism

Register on-line at https://www.regonline.com/vtagritourism-apr2015-rutland by Monday, March 23.

Scholarships are available. Please contact Barbara Noyes Pulling at Barbara@rutlandrpc.org or 802-775-0871 x207 before you register if you would like to apply for a scholarship. Deadline is Sunday, March 15.

Agritourism Conference – Call for Workshop Proposals

Join farmers, educators, and service providers in Rutland, Vermont for a two-day exploration of open farms. This conference uses a peer-to-peer educational model with a variety of workshops offered on April 8th. Do you have something to say? Share your story, your strategy, your ideas!

The CALL FOR WORKSHOPS is at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/AgtourRC4W
Proposals are DUE JANUARY 31.

More information about this event at: www.uvm.edu/vtagritourism

Kilpatrick Family Farm – Farm Tour Tuesday, Sept. 9th!

Kilpatrick Family Farm is a family-run operation producing vegetables, small fruit and livestock in Middle Granville, N.Y. They cultivate 13 acres of vegetables and have 1/3 acre of high tunnels. Come tour the farm and discuss greenhouse production, organic certification, scaling-up strategies, and the farm’s CSA program. Vern Grubinger of UVM Extension will join this workshop. We’ll be covering a lot of ground, so please wear sturdy shoes or boots.

The workshop is on Tuesday, September 9th and runs from 4:30-6:30pm.  The evening will conclude with a potluck; please bring a dish to share!

See http://nofavt.org/events/behind-scenes-kilpatrick-family-farm for more information and to register for the event.

Farmer Social with the Vermont Young Farmers Coalition

August 27, 2014

5:00-7:00pm

Intervale Center Community Barn

FREE!

Join NOFA-VT, the Intervale Center, and the Vermont Young Farmers Coalition as we toast Vermont’s farmers on another season of growth. Citizen Cider will be on hand to serve delicious local cider, and NOFA will be wheeling in its wood-fired pizza oven for an evening of delicious local food and drink, music, and merriment. Come learn about the work of Vermont Young Farmers Coalition, meet other Vermont farmers, and find out how you can get more involved in our state’s community of young farmers.

All farmers, farm supporters, friends and family are welcome, so take a break from the harvest, put on that one clean pair of Carhartts, and help us celebrate Vermont’s rich community of farmers and food system advocates.

 
Come early for a NOFA-VT Summer Workshop on mechanical tractor cultivation with Digger’s Mirth Collective Farm and UVM Extension’s Vern Grubinger from 2:00-5:00pm.