Rutland County Farm Bureau Annual Meeting 10/2

The Rutland County Farm Bureau is trying to get a broad diversity of farms to attend their meeting next week so that they can generate policy resolutions that reflect the entire farm population of our county.  Details about the evening are below.

Thursday October 2, 2014 at the Fair Haven American Legion Rte 22A Fair Haven, VT

Directions: Turn South off Route 4 Exit 2 (Fair Haven).  The Legion is located 1/2 mile south of Fair Haven village on 22A.

BUSINESS MEETING AGENDA 2014

  • HAPPY HOUR @ 7, DINNER @ 7:30
  • CALL TO ORDER, WELCOME DINNER
  • MINUTES OF LAST ANNUAL MEETING
  • SECRETARY/TREASURER’S REPORT MEMBERSHIP REPORT
  • STATE PRESIDENT’S REPORT
  • NOMINATING COMMITTEE REPORT
  • ELECTION OF OFFICERS, DELEGATES TO THE STATE ANNUAL MEETING AND STATE BOARD REPRESENTATIVE
  • RESOLUTIONS COMMITTEE REPORT DISCUSSION AND VOTE
  • LEGISLATOR REPORTS
  • DOOR PRIZES ADJOURNMENT

If you would like to eat dinner at the meeting, the cost is $14 and you need to RSVP to Carol at 265-4589 by September 28.

Direct Marketing Meats Webinar

Date: Tuesday, September 16

Time: 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Description: Are you new to direct marketing meats? Not sure how to fill out a cut sheet or what questions to ask your butcher? During this webinar, we’ll hear from a meat processor and a farmer about how to increase profitability from your direct market meat sales. We’ll talk about how to fill out a cut sheet, marketing tips for selling the whole animal and what works (and what doesn’t!) in direct marketing meats.

Presenters for this webinar are Lois Aylestock of Blue Ridge Meats in Front Royal, VA, and Jennifer “Tootie” Jones of Swift Level Farm in Lewisburg, WV.

To join the webinar:
Go to connect.extension.iastate.edu/womeninag about 10 minutes prior to the start time. Click on “Enter as a Guest” and type your name in the space provided, then click on “Enter Room.” For best results, we suggest you use Firefox or Internet Explorer as your web browser. Prior to participating in this Adobe Connect event, please go to the following URL to confirm ability to log on to the Connect server: www.extension.iastate.edu/testconnect

326 Acre Farm For Sale – Fairfax, VT

Farm Information
The Vermont Land Trust (VLT) is working with Walter and Diane Berthiaume to provide a farmer the opportunity to acquire this 326-acre farm. This farm is highly visible with significant frontage on Route 104.  VLT is seeking a buyer who will own and operate a commercial farm business and contribute to the agricultural community.
The Berthiaume Farm is located north of Fairfax village. All the land is certified organic and the farm is currently used as an organic dairy. The Route 104 frontage provides a unique opportunity to directly market farm products. The farm is located within a half-hour of Burlington, 10 minutes of St. Albans, and is near Interstate 89.  The farmhouse has 2,100 feet of living space and four bedrooms. It has been well maintained with some recent updates. The dairy barn is has 80 tie stalls and is currently used for an organic dairy herd. The barn has both a double four parlor and milking pipeline systems. There is cement barnyard.  The farm has 120 acres of productive hay and pasture land. Ninety-six acres are prime and statewide-rated agricultural soils. The soils include very productive Westbury, Cabot, and Peru fine sandy loam soils.

Cattle and Equipment
The current owners have a full line of equipment. The current herd of organic dairy cows totals 47 and includes 38 cows and 9 young stock. Buyers interested in cattle and equipment will negotiate directly with the current owners regarding these items.

Open Houses
We are hosting two open houses at the farm to allow potential buyers to see the property. They will be Saturday, October 4 and Thursday October 9. Each open house will be from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.  We strongly recommend attendance at an open house, since there is limited availability to see the farm outside of these dates. Interested parties are asked to respond if planning to attend. Interested farmers will need to submit a farm proposal by November 21st.

Purchase Price
The purchase price is $350,000.  An appraisal update is being conducted.  If the appraised value is less than $350,000 the price will be reduced to that value.

There is flexibility on the timing of the sale to allow for a transition to a new buyer.   An interim lease is an option until the closing.  More information, maps and photos are available at www.vlt.org/berthiaume

Rutland County Farm Bureau ~ Call for Resolutions

Please see the message below from Chris Sheldon, co-president of the Rutland County Farm Bureau.  And stay tuned for a posting about the meeting date:

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Our county board is planning our county annual meeting in October.  The date is still being decided.

We are trying to reach out to other farmers in Rutland County.  Some opportunities include: come to our meeting, join farm bureau, suggest concerns for resolutions, serve on the county board…
At our county meeting we will share farm bureau history.  Another thing we do at our annual  meeting is to create and vote on resolutions which the members use to build policy at the state annual meeting.  We are looking for ideas for resolutions from farmers who are not on our board of trustees.  It could be something really broad or something specific.  For example, I know there have been some things discussed over the summer like the wood cheese aging.  People most involved in activities referenced in resolutions tend to know how the resolution should be worded to be most effective.
Thank you in advance for your input,
Chris

Kilpatrick Family Farm – Farm Tour Tuesday, Sept. 9th!

Kilpatrick Family Farm is a family-run operation producing vegetables, small fruit and livestock in Middle Granville, N.Y. They cultivate 13 acres of vegetables and have 1/3 acre of high tunnels. Come tour the farm and discuss greenhouse production, organic certification, scaling-up strategies, and the farm’s CSA program. Vern Grubinger of UVM Extension will join this workshop. We’ll be covering a lot of ground, so please wear sturdy shoes or boots.

The workshop is on Tuesday, September 9th and runs from 4:30-6:30pm.  The evening will conclude with a potluck; please bring a dish to share!

See http://nofavt.org/events/behind-scenes-kilpatrick-family-farm for more information and to register for the event.

NH Farmstead for Lease

A beloved property is newly available for the right farming venture. 100 plus acres of open land in central New Hampshire are to be leased for a sustainable farming operation: Crops and/or livestock to be managed organically, humanely and with the intention of building soil health. Large barn, sap house, farm house, and equipment are also available on the property and can be leased depending on the arrangement and the type of farming operation pursued. The property is situated at the end of a long secluded town road and is not suitable for public access, however, a CSA pick-up would be considered. This is a unique farming opportunity in the midst of a desirable location.

Please inquire for more information; Willie Farnum, Manager, by email at williamwfarnum@gmail.com (preferable), or by phone at 603-986-0994.  Responses to a request for proposals by applicants will be due on November 1, 2014.

Jersey Girls Dairy is Hiring

Jersey Girls Dairy in Chester VT is seeking a highly motivated individual to take on a dual-role of Herd Manager and Value-added Production Assistant.

Jersey Girls Dairy is a diversified grass-based dairy farming enterprise with growing markets and product-lines.  Production practices are Animal Welfare Approved (AWA) certified humane, and the farm owner/operator is a cutting-edge leader of the local foods movement.  The herd consists of a 25 registered Jerseys in-milk, plus young stock that are rotationally grazed, and bull calves are raised for Rose Veal.  The farm also has a pastured poultry flock of 350 laying hens.  The on farm micro dairy bottles milk and will be producing butter and soft cheese in the near future. The farm’s milk is also sent to a local cheese maker for the production of cheese marketed under the Jersey Girls brand. Raw milk is also sold to other local cheese makers.

Job Description:
Manage and perform the daily operations of the dairy, including: milking, feeding, herd health and reproduction; feeding/raising calves, cleaning and barn maintenance and pasture management. Record-keeping and prevention management are vital characteristics for this position.  Animal health/well-being, cleanliness, nutrition, and milk quality are key elements to the principles and success of Jersey Girls Dairy.  This staff member will assist in the micro dairy with milk processing.

Requirements:
The ideal candidate will be a self starter, dependable and responsible. A dairy background is required as is the interest to continue with development of the farm’s markets and the Jersey Girls brand. This is a position with long term equity potential for the right candidate.  This is a great opportunity to participate in the start up of our new cheese and butter operation.

Compensation:
Salary is dependent on experience, housing for single person or family. The position will start as soon as possible.

Please send resume with 3 references to: jgirls@vermontel.net