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.

Farm Management Opportunity in Poultney

Dos Dinas Farm, Poultney, VT

Dos Dinas Farm is a newly established berry farm in Poultney, VT. Over the course of the past three years, owners John and Lorena Schramm have worked to plant out a variety of brambles and blueberries. They are now seeking an experienced, motivated individual to manage all aspects of the farm.

Details are as follows:

  • 4000 brambles (raspberry, black raspberry, blackberry) & 2000 blueberries planted
  • 30×150 hoophouse – built and planted with raspberries in 2014 (owners open to alternative uses of the greenhouse space)
  • Small apiary enterprise on-site
  • Land available for establishing a vegetable enterprise
  • Equipment available for use
  • Farm is on busy VT Route 30 in an area popular with tourists
  • Housing available

The ideal person would:

  • Have at least 3 years of experience working on farms, ideally with small fruits and with selling both directly and to wholesale accounts
  • Be a creative entrepreneur and work to grow Dos Dinas into a profitable business and an area destination for berry picking
  • Be self-motivated, self-directed, and resourceful

The specific details of this management position are flexible and can be arranged to meet the needs and goals of the person brought on board.

For more details and to apply, contact John Schramm at: j.schramm@eattilapia.com

Southwind Farmstead is Hiring!

Organic Gold Quality milk award farm in the heart of the Mettowee Valley seeking to fill full­-time dairy farm position.

Our family farm is located on Route 30 at the Pawlet/Rupert line. We milk 50 cows year round and ship milk to Organic Valley. This is a full­time position (Sunday­-Thursday), with competitive hourly rate based upon experience. Long term employment preferred.

A willingness to work hard in a farm environment and a positive attitude are expected. No experience necessary; however animal and/or tractor experience a plus.  Please email southwindfarmstead@yahoo.com for further information.

Join the Rutland Area Shepards!

The Rutland Area Shepherds (RAS) supports, educates, and advocates for its members and promotes the value and sustainability of sheep, lamb, and wool.  Member farm are located around the Rutland area.  New members who are interested in sheep-related agriculture are always welcome to join! Dues are only $12 per year!

For over 20 years, RAS has sponsored and run the Pittsford Sheep Festival on Columbus Day weekend.  In addition to sheep dog demonstrations, shearing, and our new feature “Leaping of the Lambs,” the festival is a way to show the community what we do and provide an opportunity to sell our products. We also have member farm work parties at which we have put up fencing, cleared fields, and emptied barns!

RAS meets monthly at member farms where they discuss and help each other with sheep related problems, have occasional guest speakers, and plan for future events.  Find out more about RAS at: www.vermontshepards.com or contact us at: info@vermontshepards.com.

 

April Events @ Earthwise Farm & Forest!!

Check out these 2 upcoming events at Earthwise Farm & Forest in Randolph!

  • Dowsing and Agriculture: Saturday, April 18th, 2015. This workshop will show you how you can use dowsing in your farming and gardening endeavors: from garden layout and design, working with Nature Spirits, Garden Devas and earth energies, picking out your seeds, determining soil nutrient needs, and much more. You will come away with not only a sense of the vast potential of dowsing for agriculture, but for all aspects of you life. Cost: $40 per person. www.earthwisefarmandforest.com/dowsing-and-agriculture
  • Cheese, Butter and Yogurt Making: Sunday, April 26th, 2015. Learn how to make delicious soft cheeses, yogurt and butter in your own kitchen! Get acquainted with using butter molds and adding herbs, or other flavors to your final product. With simple instruction and good quality raw milk, it is an easy and exciting activity providing nutritious, quality food for your family. Cost: $40 per person or $70 for 2 people. www.earthwisefarmandforest.com/raw_dairy_processing.html

For more information, contact Lisa McCrory – Lmccrory@hughes.net OR 802-234-5524

Scale Testing

The following is information being circulated by the Agency of Ag about days they will be set up around the state for scale testing (it is REQUIRED and it is FREE).  Mark it on your calendars now- it’s an easy thing to check off your to-do list very early in the season.

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Scale Testing

The Consumer Protection Section of The Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets will be hosting multiple scale inspection events around the state during March and April for anyone who uses scale(s) at farmers’ markets or farm stands to sell produce or other commodities. This testing is required by law, and the Agency would like to encourage producers to take advantage of these testing dates as they will replace the Agency’s annual visits to Vermont farmers’ markets.  This will allow the Agency to perform these inspections in a more efficient manner in a way that creates less disruption to you and the farmers’ markets.

Please plan to attend one of the inspection events listed below.  Bring your legal for trade scale, and any accessories that you use with it for weighing items for sale.

The following is a list of dates and locations for the testing in our area. Most sites will be at Agency of Transportation (AOT) garage sites. Hours for each location will be 9:00am – 3:00pm. You can come anytime during our open hours. The test should take around 10 minutes per scale.

  • AOT – Bennington, 359 Bowen Rd. – Thursday, April 2, 2015
  • AOT – Clarendon, 1628 Route 7B – Tuesday, April 7, 2015
  • AOT – Middlebury, 341 Creek Rd. – Wednesday, April 8, 2015