2015 Succession Planning Workshop for Landowners

TIES TO THE LAND: Take steps to guide the future of your land, a succession planning workshop for landowners

Protecting Vermont’s forested working landscape involves helping landowners understand the strategies they can use to keep their land intact when passing it to the next generation. VT Woodlands Association and UVM Extension, with support from Forest Viability and WLEB, is hosting a series of workshops to help landowners begin this very important process.

This 6-hour workshop will be offered on two different dates at two different locations:  

  • Saturday, May 9 at Franklin Conference Center, Rutland  
  • Tuesday, June 2 at Lake Morey Inn, Fairlee  

9am to 3:00pm (Registration begins at 8:30am).

Cost: $35. Each additional family member $20.

More information and registration can be found at http://www.vermontwoodlands.org/workshops.asp



April Events @ Earthwise Farm & Forest!!

Check out these 2 upcoming events at Earthwise Farm & Forest in Randolph!

  • Dowsing and Agriculture: Saturday, April 18th, 2015. This workshop will show you how you can use dowsing in your farming and gardening endeavors: from garden layout and design, working with Nature Spirits, Garden Devas and earth energies, picking out your seeds, determining soil nutrient needs, and much more. You will come away with not only a sense of the vast potential of dowsing for agriculture, but for all aspects of you life. Cost: $40 per person. www.earthwisefarmandforest.com/dowsing-and-agriculture
  • Cheese, Butter and Yogurt Making: Sunday, April 26th, 2015. Learn how to make delicious soft cheeses, yogurt and butter in your own kitchen! Get acquainted with using butter molds and adding herbs, or other flavors to your final product. With simple instruction and good quality raw milk, it is an easy and exciting activity providing nutritious, quality food for your family. Cost: $40 per person or $70 for 2 people. www.earthwisefarmandforest.com/raw_dairy_processing.html

For more information, contact Lisa McCrory – Lmccrory@hughes.net OR 802-234-5524

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.

Registration Deadline for UVM Extension Produce Safety Workshop – Tomorrow (2/12)!

The last day to register for this workshop is tomorrow!  I’ve heard from a few farmers that this was well worth their time so if you’ve been considering it know that others have found it valuable.  Keep reading for details and to register.


If you work with anyone who sells fruits or vegetables, please consider attending or forwarding this information to them.

You will leave this workshop with a solid understanding of the science  and risks behind produce safety, and a produce safety plan for your farm.  Register Now – Space is Limited! To register: $18 for first registrant, $10 for each additional person from same farm.
More info/mail-in registration: http://go.uvm.edu/4etl7
On-line Registration: http://go.uvm.edu/-b2il

All workshops run from 8:45 am to 3:30 pm.
Poultney (Co-sponsored by Green Mountain College): Monday, February 23: Green Mountain College, Farmer, Carol Tashie, Radical Roots Farm
: Tuesday, February 24: Extension Office, Farmer: Jeremy Gildrien, Gildrien Farm

To request a scholarship or disability-related accommodation, please contact Ginger Nickerson at (802) 505-8189 orgnickers@uvm.edu, three weeks before the workshop in which you are interested so we may assist you.

Biodynamic Boot Camp!

Join SAGE (Shrewsbury Institute for Agricultural Education) & Robert King for Biodynamic Bootcamp – An Introduction to Biodynamics!!

Sunday February 22nd  (Snow date March 8th)

10 am. To 12 pm. – Potluck Lunch – 1 pm @ the Russellville Schoolhouse

Cost: $20 per Person – Limit of 25

Register by Feb. 20th – email sagevermont@gmail.com or call 492-3377 (Martha or Podge Sirjane)

Students will learn about the tools, techniques and preparations used for a small scale biodynamic garden.  Attention will be given to building quality soils and compost using Barrel Compost Preparation (BC) and readily available local organic materials.

Robert King has been involved in biodynamic agriculture for over 40 years in New England, and has been a presenter at the National Biodynamic Conference. He lives in Putney, Vt. where he has worked with “Post Oil Solutions” a regional community-organizing organization with a focus on locally grown food, food security issues, as well as food access to the underserved.  He is devoted to building a Community of Gardeners through, study, work and social activities to Heal the Earth.

Marketing Strategies Workshop

Marketing Strategies for Diversified Farms

February 3 – 3:00-5:00 @ Castleton Community Center

Presenter: Jill Perry Balzano, Little Lake Orchard

In order to make a good living as a farmer, your energy needs to be put into both the growing and the marketing of your products.  This workshop will cover key marketing strategies as they are applied to diversified farms.  Through case studies and using authentic marketing tools, we’ll examine how these key concepts- from market development and diversification to brand identification- are a work on successful farms and discuss how they may be applied to your specific operation.

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