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

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:


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, or (802) 505-8189.

NE SARE Farmer Grants – Applications Due 12/2/14

Farmer Grants are for commercial producers in the Northeast Region who have an innovative idea they want to test using a field trial, on-farm demonstration, marketing initiative, or other technique.  A technical advisor–often an extension agent, crop consultant, or other service professional–must also be involved. Projects should seek results other farmers can use, and all projects must have the potential to add to our knowledge about effective sustainable practices.  Awards are capped at $15,000.

Applications are due by December 2, 2014.

Northeast SARE grants coordinator Carol Delaney will be hosting at lunchtime webinar on Friday, October 10th at noon to provide information about the application process, designing a budget, choosing a technical advisor, and the review process.  There will be plenty of time for Q & A.   Register for the webinar here.  (If you have questions about registration or the presentation, please contact NY SARE Coordinator Violet Stone at

Farmers Wanted for Interviews ~ UVM Farming & Childcare Study

Farmers with children are wanted for interviews as part of a University of Vermont study on child care in farm families.  This study is looking at the ways children impact a farm business and is intended to help develop policy that minimizes the challenges and maximizes the opportunities farm families face when making household-level decisions such as child care.  Emily Stengel, a Graduate Research Assistant, will conduct interviews in November and December.  The interview can take place in your home or on your farm and will last about an hour and a half.  All names and personal information will be kept confidential.  Thank you gifts will be given to all participants.  If interested in participating, please contact Emily directly at 717-669-1666 or