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!
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Dutchess Farm is Hiring

Two part – time positions available at Dutchess Farm, a produce farm in Castleton, VT.
(Would prefer one full time person to fill both positions.)
  • Organized & efficient person to help manage wash station on produce farm. Duties include: sorting produce, packing orders, loading vehicles, keeping area clean & organized.  Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds.
    Job could be full time to include picking produce at farm, some general farm work.  Valid drivers license needed.
  • Efficient & motivated person needed to work on produce farm. Duties include transplanting, hoeing, weeding, working with drip irrigation & harvesting. Mostly morning hours, some afternoon hours necessary for transplanting & weeding. Must be able to tolerate physically demanding work.
Contact Stephen at dutchessfarm@gmail.com or call 802-468-5893

Milker Needed

Liberty Farm in Poultney, VT is looking for a relief milker for a couple nights a month, as well as a few consecutive milkings later in the summer and fall. We generally milk around 40 cows in a tie stall barn.  We are a organic dairy that is run simply and naturally. Willing and enthusiastic to train the right person.

Call James 802 989 9818 or email elworthyj@gmail.com

Vermont Produce Safety Survey & Interactive FSMA Resource

Who? All Vermont farmers who grow, harvest, pack, or hold fresh produce—even if primarily engaged in another type of farming—should take this survey.

What? The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets (VAAFM) designed this survey to help farmers determine if they will be impacted by FDA’s Produce Safety Rule, understand their requirements under the rule, and learn about compliance timelines. The Produce Safety Rule, a rule under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), will be finalized in October 2015 and implemented over the next 2 to 5 years.

Why? Information collected through this survey will help VAAFM understand how farms in Vermont will be impacted by the Produce Safety Rule and better assist farmers in preparing for implementation of the rule.

How? In order to complete this survey, you will need estimates of your farm, business, or organization’s annual sales of (a) produce and (b) all food—including animal feed. You will also need general knowledge of your farm, business, or organization’s food safety practices.

Survey Information

This survey will take approximately 8-10 minutes to complete and is divided into two sections. Section I will help to determine whether you may be subject to Produce Safety Rule, and Section II asks about your farm’s food safety practices and certifications so that we may better understand how market demand for produce safety impacts farms in Vermont.

Contact

Kristina Sweet at kristina.sweet@state.vt.us or (802) 522-7811with comments or questions about this survey.

To learn more about the Food Safety Modernization Act and Produce Safety at VAAFM, visit http://bit.ly/vaafm_fsma and http://bit.ly/vaafm_produce.

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/

Learn About Vermont’s Changing Water Quality Legislation

* Why is this legislation happening? * Who is being affected? * What is changing for agriculture? *

Come and meet with representatives from: Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets * Agency of Natural Resources * Local Legislators

Join an active discussion of Vermont Bills H.35 and S.49

  • Date: Monday, April 20th
  • Time: 11:00 – 2:00 
  • Location: GMC Bentley House, Poultney VT (orange and tan house)

For more information & to RSVP contact:

  • Hilary Solomon – PMNRCD District Manager – pmnrcd@gmail.com – 802.287.8339
  • Jennifer Alexander – Agronomist – acap.Jennifer@gmail.com – 802.558.6470

A light lunch will be provided by PMNRCD.   Please RSVP if possible.

FARM-SHARE OPPORTUNITY

Larson Farm, Wells, VT

Larson Farm is a 320 acre grass-based dairy and beef farm in Wells, VT, 23 miles SW of Rutland, VT and 5 miles east of Granville, NY.  We sell high quality, 100% grass-fed, raw Jersey milk to a growing market, including delivery to farmers’ markets.  We milk 20 jerseys and have a 30 animal Devon beef herd. We are actively restoring our soils.  We also have a small horse boarding operation, some basic horse infrastructure, and an interest in draft horses.  We have a lively internship program which enriches the lives of all involved.

We are looking for other farmers to farm with us.  Possibilities for farmer-owned enterprises on our land include poultry, lamb, market and value-added vegetables, apples, small fruits, pork, woodland development, education/agritourism, and even value-added dairy.

We envision others starting their own farm enterprises on the property to utilize the existing farm resources:

  • We have a lively small farm store, where we sell raw milk and grass-fed beef to a growing and enthusiastic clientele.
  • There are 3 year-round Farmers’ Markets w/in 40 minutes of us- Rutland, Dorset, and West Pawlet.
  • There are three 3-BR homes on the farm, as well as a 3-BR intern apartment.
  • Equipment on the farm includes two tractors, a 9-foot rotovator, and various other pieces of equipment, some horse-powered.
  • A 42-KW solar array provides power for the farm.
  • There may be hourly work available on the dairy.

We want to form a collaborative community here, sharing resources, labor, and lifestyle, to the benefit of all.

For more information, please contact Cynthia & Rich Larson at: 802-645-1957 or cynthial@myfairpoint.net.