Farmer Social with the Vermont Young Farmers Coalition

August 27, 2014

5:00-7:00pm

Intervale Center Community Barn

FREE!

Join NOFA-VT, the Intervale Center, and the Vermont Young Farmers Coalition as we toast Vermont’s farmers on another season of growth. Citizen Cider will be on hand to serve delicious local cider, and NOFA will be wheeling in its wood-fired pizza oven for an evening of delicious local food and drink, music, and merriment. Come learn about the work of Vermont Young Farmers Coalition, meet other Vermont farmers, and find out how you can get more involved in our state’s community of young farmers.

All farmers, farm supporters, friends and family are welcome, so take a break from the harvest, put on that one clean pair of Carhartts, and help us celebrate Vermont’s rich community of farmers and food system advocates.

 
Come early for a NOFA-VT Summer Workshop on mechanical tractor cultivation with Digger’s Mirth Collective Farm and UVM Extension’s Vern Grubinger from 2:00-5:00pm.

Dorset Theatre Festival Free for Farmers!

Southwestern Vermont’s premier professional summer theatre invites all Vermont farmers and their families to attend any performance all summer long … for FREE!

Local agriculture is a vital part of the life and land of southern Vermont, and local theatre is a vital part of the community. DTF and Hand Motors are proud to invite this special audience to great theatre and honor their hard work and the role local farms play in our region.

Call the Dorset Theatre Festival box office (802-867-2223), identify yourself as a farmer, and receive FREE tickets to any performance.

Dorset Theatre Festival (at the Dorset Playhouse), 104 Cheney Rd, Dorset, VT 05251

www.dorsettheatrefestival.org

Middletown Farm Seeks Dairy Farmer

MIDDLETOWN FARM – South Londonderry, VT

REQUEST FOR DAIRY FARMER

Overview:  The owners of Middletown Farm and the Vermont Land Trust (VLT) are looking for a highly qualified dairy farmer to utilize the farm. This is a unique opportunity made possible by the commitment of the farm’s owners, Barry and Wendy Rowland and VLT’s Farmland Access program, which connects beginning farmers with affordable farmland. Thanks to their support: the farm will be made available to a dairy farmer; the buildings, equipment and facilities will be maintained; and housing will be provided. There is the possibility of long-term farm tenure and equity building. The existing dairy herd is available until early August so please respond immediately if interested.

The goals of a successful partnership on Middletown Farm are:

  • Ensuring the farm remains a viable dairy farm into the future;
  • Ensuring the farm is well-maintained and utilized in a productive and sustainable manner;
  • Establishing a relationship with West River Creamery. The farmer sells a portion of the milk directly to the creamery and works cooperatively to ensure that high-quality milk is produced. A floor price has been established for milk sold directly to the creamery.
  • Establishing and maintaining open communication between the farmer and owners.

Tenure Description: The dairy herd will be owned by the farmer with all milk sales going directly to the farmer. The owners are willing to provide financing to a farmer for the acquisition of a herd if needed. Ideally a farmer will remain on the farm for five years or more. During that time, the farmer will have a lease on the land that is contingent on the continued use of the farm as a dairy operation. The farmer can decide to make equity-building payments which will be stored in an account until the end of the lease. Provided the farmer performs as expected under the lease, those payments will be made available to the farmer at the end of the lease. If both parties agree, the lease may be extended. There is an expectation that the farmer will work cooperatively with a dairy farm business planning consultant to ensure the long-term viability of the operation.

Property Description:  Middletown Farm is a 200+ acre farm with approximately 60 acres of open usable pasture and cropland. The tie-stall dairy barn can hold approximately 60 milk cows with additional housing for young stock. A double-6 parlor is used for milking. Additional structures include a loafing barn, equipment shed and garage. A three-bedroom house with an additional barn may be occupied by the farmer. An additional +/- 60 acres of hayland is available on neighboring parcels.

Farmer Recruitment Process:  Interested farmers are asked to submit a letter of interest and a resume, addressing the following areas:

1)      What qualifies you to manage the dairy farm at Middletown Farm?

2)      What types of investments in cattle or equipment will you require in order to get up and running at the farm?

3)      What will success look like at Middleton Farm under your management, and how long will it take to get there?

There is one open house on ­­­­­­­August 9th  from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  The open house will be an opportunity for prospective farmers to walk the property, inspect the house and barns, and ask questions. Please respond to Jon Ramsay (jramsay@vlt.org) if you plan to join us at an open house. Visiting the property is strongly recommended. If you are unable to make this date but would like to visit the property, please contact us and we’ll try to arrange another time.

Please send your letter and resume to Jon Ramsay, PO Box 143 Greensboro, VT 05841 or e-mail jramsay@vlt.org. E-mail is preferable. VLT and the owners will review letters and plan to interview finalists.  We look forward to hearing from you.

 

Getting Started with Grains Workshop

August 7, 2014, 11 am to 2 pm— Rogers Farmstead, Berlin, VT

Nate and Jessie Rogers started their family farm – Rogers Farmstead – in the Dog River Valley in 2012. Using sustainable and organic agriculture practices, they’re improving the health of the land and the buildings as the farm grows.  Join us for this on-farm field day as Nate and Jessie discuss their experience starting a farm business, sourcing equipment and small grain production and processing.

View the field day flyer and/or register online now at www.uvm.edu/extension/rogersfarmstead.

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.

Counterfeit Money At Northeast Farmers’ Markets

The Farmers Market Federation of New York is circulating the following message about the recent use of counterfeit money at farmers’ markets in New York and throughout the Northeast.  There is no specific mention of Vermont but it is something to be aware of if you sell at farmers’ markets.

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There have been recent reports of counterfeit money being used at farmers markets throughout the Northeast.  The perpetrator generally buy $10 to $20 worth of goods and pay with a $100 bill, getting change for the rest. These bills will pass a normal fraud check since they are made with bleached $5 bills, so please be on the lookout for any money that looks suspicious and alert your farmers as well.

Please see the article below for more information on what to look for and pictures:

Counterfeit Money at Our Markets by Brian F. Moyer, Penn State Extension.

RAFFL’s New Farmer Support Services are Back!

Recently, Jen Miller joined RAFFL’s staff as the new farmer program coordinator!  Previously, Jen worked on and managed farms for seven seasons, one of which was her own business, and completed a master’s degree in Community Development and Applied Economics, focusing on agricultural conservation programs.  At RAFFL she will focus on supporting and guiding new and aspiring farmers in the region.  RAFFL can now offer financial coaching, production technical assistance, business planning, and marketing coaching to farmers at various stages of business development.

If you have a question at any point during the season, want to use these services more intensively in the off-season, or are just interested in finding out more about the services available, contact Jen at jen@rutlandfarmandfood.org or 417-7096.