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.

Fat Toad Farm Seeking Goat Herd Manager

Fat Toad Farm of Brookfield Vermont, a leading producer and purveyor of artisanal, farmstead cajeta (goat’s milk caramel sauce), seeks to hire a full-time Herd Manager for its milking herd of 70 Alpine and Alpine/Saanen cross goats. This position is full-time yearround starting early 2015. This position requires knowledge of and experience with goat nutrition and health, milk production and sanitation, breeding and kidding, parasite and pasture management, record keeping and other duties. Herd manager will report to owner/farm manager.

For more information about Fat Toad Farm, visit our website www.fattoadfarm.com. To request more information contact Calley at calley@fattoadfarm.com

Accepting applications now until position is filled.

Farmer Survey ~ Topics of Interest

Are you a farmer or an aspiring farmer in the Rutland or Northshire region?  If so, please complete the following 5 minute survey.  It is designed to identify topics that are currently of interest to folks in our region so that I can tailor upcoming events, such as workshops and farmer-to-farmer discussions, to best meet your needs.  In addition, I’m hoping you will provide me with ideas and feedback about the ways RAFFL can support you and our greater agricultural community.  Thanks in advance for your time and hope to see you soon!  ~Jen


Open Barn Event @ Larson Farm!

Join Rich and Cynthia Larson for an Open Barn Event on Sunday, October 19 from 1-4 pm.

See the operation in action while enjoying good music and fresh milk & cookies!!

This event is co-sponsored by Rural Vermont.   Larson Farm is located at: 69 South St in Wells.

Farm for Sale: Dummerston, VT – 151 Acres, $200,000

The Vermont Land Trust is seeking a farm buyer for a 151-acre farm in Dummerston, Vermont with the goal of completing the transfer of ownership in 2015.  Once a buyer is selected, a final closing date will be negotiated.  The sale price is $200,000.

This farm is in an attractive location in southern Vermont, with close and easy access to Interstate 91. Dummerston is a farming community with several active working farms.

More information and photos are available at http://www.vlt.org/initiatives/hmafarm

Farm to Plate Annual Gathering: October 23 & 24

The folks at Farm to Plate have extended the deadline to register for the annual gathering.  The event is scheduled for Thursday, October 23 and Friday, October 24 at Killington Grand Resort.  It is a day of workshops, working groups, and networking.

*There are some scholarships available for farmers and producers interested in attending.*


Click here to register: http://www.cvent.com/d/94q546/4W


Manure Application Survey Responses Needed!

Ginger Nickerson of UVM Extensions is conducting a survey to gather information to influence policy about manure application to fields of all sorts.

Here is the policy background motivating this survey:

The FDA has deferred the decision re: interval of applications of raw manure to certain crops for some years while they do more research for a few years.   They are still saying that they do ultimately want to have a quantitative (rather than qualitative) standard for application of raw manure.  For the meantime, they are accepting the NOP standards of 90 and 120 days, and wanting to encourage farmers to transition from the use of raw manure to composted manure.  In their request for public comment, they have specifically asked for information on the use and prevalence of raw manure, especially on small farms, and information on barriers to transitioning from raw manure to compost.

And here is the call for survey participants:


If you grow fruits or vegetables for sale and apply raw manure OR graze livestock or poultry in fruit or vegetable production areas, please take a few minutes to answer this brief survey.


The FDA has decided to defer extending the interval between application of raw manure to certain vegetable crops and harvest time, until they can conduct scientific research and a risk assessment- including gathering more input from stakeholders. Your responses to the survey can make a difference!  Your responses will be used to help UVM Extension providers understand current practices in Vermont, and provide comments to the FDA on appropriate manure application intervals for the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

Questions? Ginger Nickerson, gnickers@uvm.edu or (802) 505-8189.