Regrarians Open Consultancy Course

The Regrarians Open Consultancy (RAC) is a dynamic 2-day program designed to involve participants directly in the delivery of an integrated farm planning and development consultancy led by Darren J Doherty, one of the world’s most renowned & experienced farm/land planners.   This course will take place at Shelburne Farms on September 6th and 7th.

There are full scholarships available for farmers and some non-profit staff members.

For more information visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/regrarians-open-consultancy-course-tickets-12154742161

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

Merck Forest and Farmland Center Looking for 2015 Apprentices

Three Positions Available: January-December, 2015

Merck’s Apprenticeship Program is a yearlong opportunity to be immersed in an educational non-profit, whose mission is to teach and demonstrate sustainable management of forest and farmland. Apprentices’ time will be spent learning the concepts and practices of sustainable land management, while also having a hand in Merck’s day-to-day operations.

This position is a great opportunity for recent college graduates that are interested in pursuing a career in agriculture, farm-based education, forest management or those wanting to work in the non-profit sector.

Program Areas:

o Farm planning and production. Skills include driving and farming with draft horses, animal husbandry, gardening, tractor operation, facilities and equipment maintenance

o Maple sugaring

o Forest management and trail maintenance

o Theories and practices of place-based education

o Leading school and volunteer groups

o Involvement with community events and workshops

o Opportunities for professional development

Compensation:

Vermont minimum wage for 40 hours/week, on-site housing, farm raised eggs and meat when available, and access to garden space for growing vegetables.

Qualifications:

Applicants must be a minimum of 21 years old and be dedicated, motivated, physically active people, who enjoy working outdoors in all types of weather.  They also need a strong willingness to learn, and openness to teach others. A valid driver’s license is required. Must be able to lift up to 50lbs.  Teaching experience and working on a farm with equipment and/or animals is preferred, but not necessary. No pets allowed and we prefer that couples do not apply.

To apply, email a cover letter and resume to tim@merckforest.org.   Deadline for submitting applications is October 1, 2014.

Patenaude Farm for Sale

There is a very nice small farm (35 acres) for sale in St. Johnsbury, VT.  The land is very productive and fertile.  The sale price is $160,000 the appraised value of the farm subject to the conservation easement.  More info and photos are available at www.vlt.org/patenaude

 

2014 Northeast Weeds Survey

The Vermont Pasture Network is conducting this survey about weed populations in Northeastern states (VT, NH, NY, MA, ME).   The results will be used to develop educational programming to help YOUR FARM be more efficient, productive and profitable.

If you have weeds of any kind in your pasture or hay fields (or both), please take a few minutes to complete this survey.  It’s designed to take no more than 10 minutes, and it will help us document the ongoing issues of weeds within livestock systems, and what farmers are doing (and interested in doing) about them.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2014WeedsSurvey

Questions?  Contact Jenn Colby at 802-656-0858 or jcolby@uvm.edu.

Goat & Sheep Dairy Supervisor Wanted

Southern Adirondack Goat & Sheep Dairy has an immediate opening for a dairy
supervisor. This is an excellent opportunity for someone with dairy
experience. The position includes a three bedroom farmhouse and health
benefits and paid personal leave after a three month probationary period.
Wage will depend on experience but our pay scale is very competitive for
dairy work.

Responsibilities include overall herd health and well-being, milking and
breeding record keeping, inoculations, breeding program maintenance, four
weekly milking shifts and the supervision and coverage of milking shifts and
personnel as well as care of kids and lambs two days per week.. Some
knowledge of equipment and facilities maintenance is a plus.

We have approximately 350 goats, more than 60 sheep and a variety of farm
sanctuary animals. Physical fitness is required for this position with the
ability to repeatedly lift a seven gallon milk can (approx. 55 pounds) or
throw a 50-pound bale of hay.

For more information about this position please call 518/623-3372 or email
<mailto:sheilaflan@aol.com> sheilaflan@aol.com.   You can also learn more
about our farm by visiting  <http://www.nettlemeadow.com/>
www.nettlemeadow.com.