AgSquared: Farm Management Software for Small Farmers

If your looking for ways to get more organized check out AgSquared, an online farm management program designed with small diversified farms in mind.

One of the case studies listed on the site is Eric Rozendaal’s Rockville Market Farm in Starksboro, VT.

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Online Tool Provides Interactive Farm Budgeting Resource

A new online tool for beginning farmers!

The Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (FAPRI) at the University of Missouri has developed an online tool to help farmers build projected budgets for their operations.  The Farm Cost and Return Tool, or Farm CART, is at www.fapri.missouri.edu/projects.

“The tool allows beginning farmers and ranchers, not only in Missouri but all over the country, to play a what-if game on the Web,” said FAPRI economist Peter Zimmel. “They can develop a farm with how many acres they want, how many animals they want, and they can see what it will look like financially over the next five years.”\

Farms with a Future is Here! : Chelsea Green

Farms with a Future is Here! : Chelsea Green.

Check out this newly released farm business guide!

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A message from the author, Rebecca Thistlethwaite:

New book by farmer and sustainability consultant Rebecca Thistlethwaite is out! “Farms With a Future: Creating and Growing a Sustainable Farm Business” by Chelsea Green Publishing was just released. Chock full of practical information for new and experienced farmers alike, Farms With a Future will help you create the triple-bottom-line farm that you wish for. Each chapter features a case study of an innovative farming model chosen from around the country that will inspire you, caution you, and give you food for thought.

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Last day to register for Growing Places online!

Tomorrow, Friday, December 28th is the deadline to register for the upcoming Growing Places course. This UVM-Extension course will be taught online during the months of January & February, 2013.

Registration deadline: December 28, 2012, Cost: $135

Registration: Please use UVM’s online registration form.
For more information contact: Jessie Schmidt.

A bit about the course from UVM-Extension:

Get your enterprise off to the right start. Participants define goals, explore and evaluate opportunities and resources, and become familiar with state and federal agriculture programs.

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New Guides on Farmland Leasing Published

Land for Good recently published two new full-service guides and two shorter pamphlets for private, municipal, and institutional landowners interested in leasing their land. They focus on helping “non-farming” owners and managers of agricultural properties bring their land into productive agricultural uses.

These guides cover subjects such as landowner’s and institutional goals, tax and legal considerations, insurance, easements, land stewardship, farmer-landowner relations, and elements of a good lease agreement. They include sample leases and a list of resources and service providers that can help with these land tenure issues. The flyer introduces private landowners to the concept of leasing land for farming. It can be distributed by organizations at workshops and to members, for example.

View the publications.

“Acquiring Your Farm” FREE online course about land access

Land for Good has a new, FREE online course for beginning farmers. “Acquiring Your Farm” takes farm seekers through a comprehensive, step-by-step investigation of options and strategies focused on access to land and farms. There are 7 topic modules. Each topic is loaded with content, plus stories and resources. Every topic includes tools, worksheets and checklists. The course is designed so that each learner can come away with a customized farm acquisition action plan.

Learn more here: http://newsite.landforgood.org/index.php/home.html

Interested in learning about land access on the local level? RAFFL is hosting a Land Access Panel on March 28th with a creative fundraising workshop to follow. Details below.

RAFFL and Green Mountain College are collaborating to host a panel of service providers, farmers and land owners discussing Farmland Access. The panel includes Ben Waterman, coordinator of UVM’s Center for Sustainable Agriculture Land Access Program, and will cover topics ranging from the challenges of leasing to tips for finding land to purchase.

After the panel, Ben Waterman will share key findings from the recently completed Guide to Financing the Community Supported Farm, a SARE funded project. This talk will explore unconventional financing arrangements and legal considerations involved.

This event is open to everyone but will be particularly useful for farmers who are looking for land or creative financing opportunities and land owners who are interested in leasing or selling to farmers.

When: Wed. March 28th, 4-6 pm
Where: East Room of Withey Hall, Green Mountain College, Poultney

Details: Light refreshments offered

Feb. 10-12: NOFA-VT’s Winter Conference

The Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFA-VT) Winter Conference has long been a key educational and inspirational gathering for Vermont’s farmers. The 30th annual conference, taking place February 10-12, 2012 at the University of Vermont in Burlington will be no exception – with extra emphasis on the inspiration.

After a particularly challenging year, Vermont’s growers are looking forward to the opportunity to exchange ideas, learn new techniques, and create connections. The NOFA-VT Winter Conference brings together farmers, educators, researchers, and more to build knowledge and tackle hard questions – like how to create a vibrant and resilient food system in the face of climate change and a struggling economy.

On Saturday, keynote speaker and local extension expert Vern Grubinger will share his vision of the future of Vermont’s food system. “The resilience of Vermont’s food system is challenged by many factors, including climate change and weather extremes, reliance on fossil fuel, loss of good farmland, and consolidation of food processing, distribution and retailing,” says Grubinger. “Strategies for addressing these challenges are emerging as part of an ongoing transformation in how people think about food. This presentation will highlight some of these strategies and the farms involved with them, celebrating the progress being made and suggesting new actions for the future.”

Over 30 of the weekend’s workshops are intended for commercial farmers and will cover topics such as Produce Safety, Farm Finance, Flood Recovery, Alternative Energy, Pasture Management and much more. In addition, day-long seminars on Friday will address Advanced Orchard Health for Sustainable Fruit Production, Nose-to-Tail Butchery, Organic Beekeeping, Renewable Energy Options, and Weed Management in a Wetter, Warmer Climate.

For more information, to browse workshops, and to register, visit www.nofavt.org or call 802-434-4122.

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About NOFA Vermont: NOFA Vermont is member-based organization working to grow local farms, healthy food, and strong communities in Vermont. Our members are farmers, gardeners, educators and food lovers of all sorts – anyone who wants to help us create a future full of local food and local farms. Our programs include farmer and gardener technical assistance, farm to school support, organic certification, advocacy, an online apprentice and farm worker directory, an annual Winter Conference, and programs that work to ensure access to fresh, local food to all Vermonters, regardless of income.