Vermont Wool Handling Clinic and Shearing School

April 25 and 26, 2015

Merck Forest and Farmland Center. Rupert, VT

The wool handling clinic will be on Saturday, April 25, at Merck Forest and Farmland Center. The clinic will include: preparing your flock for shearing; shearing day facilities, layout, equipment, supplies and responsibilities; animal welfare; wool handing, wool quality, skirting and fleece presentation. We will also have demonstrations of shearing and crutching and the basics of electric handpiece set up and care. Participants are encouraged to bring a fleece to skirt. We will have some fleeces available to work with as well.

The Shearing School course fee is $250.00. We do have equipment available to borrow. The wool handling clinic will be $75.00 ($60.00 for VSGA members). Schedule starts at 8:30 AM and concludes at 4:00 PM both days. Bring a lunch. We will supply coffee, tea and juice.

For more information or to register you can email Jim McRae at vtshearer@yahoo.com or call 802-483-2463.

http://vtsheepandgoat.org/vermont-wool-handling-clinic-and-shearing-school/

UVM Extension Ag Finance Class comes to Rutland!

This ag finance class, taught this year by Mark Cannella (UVM Extension Farm Business Management Specialist) is coming to Rutland in February.

Agricultural Financial Planning
February 4, 11, & 18 – 1:00-4:00 @ RAFFL Office, Rutland
Presenter: Mark Cannella, UVM Extension

Learn the basics of budgeting and financial management and how to anticipate the financial needs of your farm operation.  Group and one-on-one instruction.  Follow this link for more information and to register: http://www.uvm.edu/newfarmer/?Page=classes/classes.html&SM=classes/sub-menu.html

Whole Farm Planning Class – Application Deadline Extended to 12/5

There are a couple of spaces left in the upcoming Whole Farm Planning for Beginning Women Farmers class for 2015.  The registration deadline has been extended to December 5th.

More about the class:

This class can be a good option for beginning farmers with 2-3 years experience who may not be eligible for farm viability services but are considering the next steps in their farm’s growth. Past participants say the class helped them build a solid foundation for developing farm businesses that match their values and quality of life goals.

Our lead instructor for the 10-session class will be Calley Hastings, certified holistic management educator and co-owner of Fat Toad Farm in Brookfield, VT.  The class will be held in Berlin, VT and on nearby farms in Central Vermont.

Session topics include: Creating a Values-based Farm Mission; Whole Farm Decision Analysis Process; Increasing Farm Profitability (Gross Profit Analysis; Enterprise Analysis), Business Planning, Marketing, Soil Fertility, Time Management, Land and Infrastructure Planning, Leadership and Communication Skills, and Integrating Livestock on the Farm.

Full and partial scholarships are available to cover the registration fee, which is on a sliding scale of $150 to $500.

Questions? Contact Heidi Krantz at 802-223-2389 or heidi.krantz.1@uvm.edu

(Also, just a heads up that this is the last year of this grant-funded program- it is not clear whether this class will be offered again.)

Whole Farm Planning for Beginning Women Farmers – Class Registration Now Open!

For women farmers with two to 10 years in business.

Where: Washington County, VT
Dates: Tuesdays, Jan. 13, 27, Feb. 3, 10, March 3, 24, April 7, 21, May 5, 19, 2015 in Washington, County, VT. (Snow date: March 10.)
Time: 9:30 am-4 pm
Application Deadline: Nov. 13, 2014
Fees: $150-$500

Online Application

For more information: Heidi Krantz.

Join other farming women for support and camaraderie learning about whole farm planning. Beginning women farmers (those with 2-10 years running a farming business) in Vermont can learn more about whole farm planning in a program developed specifically for women.

Topics for this ten session course include: Creating a Values-based Farm Mission; Whole Farm Decision Analysis Process; Increasing Farm Profitability (Gross Profit Analysis; Enterprise Analysis), Business Planning, Marketing, Soil Fertility, Time Management, Land and Infrastructure Planning, Leadership and Communication Skills, and Integrating Livestock on the Farm. Participants also work with a mentor throughout the course period. Limited to 15 participants chosen through an application process.

Additional Notice: We are recruiting one experienced farmer (with 10 or more years of farm management experience) to serve as a mentor for Whole Farm Planning course participants. If you or someone you know is interested in serving as a mentor, please fill out amentor application or contact Heidi Krantz for more information.

Fall Session of “Growing Places” – Registration Open

Growing Places is designed for individuals who are considering starting an agricultural or natural resources-based business, but aren’t sure where to start. Develop a comprehensive goal statement, explore opportunities and resources and become familiar with state and federal agriculture programs.

For more information visit  http://www.uvm.edu/newfarmer/?Page=classes/classes.html&SM=classes/sub-menu.html

Whole Farm Planning for Women Farmers – Recruiting for 2015 Class

For people with 2 to 10 years in business.

Where: Washington County, VT
Dates: Tuesdays, Jan. 6, 20; Feb. 3, 17; March 10, 24, April 7, 21, May 5, 19, 2015. (Snow date, if needed, Feb. 24.)
Time: 9:30 am-4 pm
Application Deadline: Nov. 13, 2014
Fees: $150-$500

Online Application

For more information: Heidi Krantz.

Join other farming women for support and camaraderie learning about whole farm planning. Beginning women farmers (those with 2-10 years running a farming business) in Vermont can learn more about whole farm planning in a program developed specifically for women.

Topics for this ten session course include: Creating a Values-based Farm Mission; Whole Farm Decision Analysis Process; Increasing Farm Profitability (Gross Profit Analysis; Enterprise Analysis), Business Planning, Marketing, Soil Fertility, Time Management, Land and Infrastructure Planning, Leadership and Communication Skills, and Integrating Livestock on the Farm. Participants also work with a mentor throughout the course period. Limited to 15 participants chosen through an application process.

Additional Notice: We are recruiting one experienced farmer (with 10 or more years of farm management experience) to serve as a mentor for Whole Farm Planning course participants. If you or someone you know is interested in serving as a mentor, please fill out a mentor application or contact Heidi Krantz for more information.

Forage & Weed ID and Management Professional Development Training Project

Forage & Weed ID and Management Professional Development Training Project

A specially designed professional development project (PDP) in forage and weed identification and management is planned for agriculture service providers in New England over the next two years (2014-2016).

This project is open to personnel working in New England in Extension, USDA agencies, State agriculture agencies, and non-government organizations who are working with dairy and livestock farmers.

This NESARE-funded project will include two field training sessions, a series of 60-minute webinars offered monthly from November through March, and the development of resources and tools to use with farmers.   It is estimated that participant time commitment for the training and self-study will take about 40 hours per year.

Travel expenses to field sessions and project materials will be covered by the project.  The only cost to participants will be time, thought and energy related to their involvement.

By the end of this project, participants will be better equipped to advise farmers on their forage or weed related issues.  Participants are expected to actively take part and provide regular feedback regarding their related work with farmers and growers over the life of the project.

An application to participate in this project is required and can be accessed from the project website, http://pss.uvm.edu/pdpforage/

If interested, please complete the application (found on the website) and submit it to Principal Investigator, Dr. Sid Bosworth by July 8, 2014.  The training is limited to 20 participants so please fill out the application completely and submit it by the due date.

Feel free to pass this announcement onto co-workers and colleagues in New England.

This project is sponsored by USDA-SARE Northeast.