Calendar

Frost Seeding into Pasture and Winter Grains

Feb 26th, 7-8 pm, Online


CRWFA Winter Conversation


Monday evening, Feb 26th from 7pm - 8pm.  This will be online.  Rod Porter of King's AgriSeeds will start the conversation.  This is a conversation - come to give tips and get tips for successful frost seeding.  We'll talk seed, timing, equipment, and more.

Want to add legumes into your pastures?  Is your alfalfa field pooping out?  Want to get a late summer/fall forage crop after a small grain?  It's not too early to start, and it's not too late to frost seed this winter, either.  This call is a CRWFA winter workshop.

Click “Register Here” to get the Zoom Link

Register 

Calendar - Events of Interest and Grant Deadlines

Updated 02/01/2024


February 1, Thursday

NH Conservation Districts, 2024 Climate Resilience Grants due.  Contact your county conservation district.

Cheshire County Conservation District (CCCD) 2024 Conservation Opportunity Fund, grant due.  https://www.cheshireconservation.org/cof


February 1, Thursday

Online Farmers’ Market Workshop (UNH Extension), 12 - 1:30 pm

Online.  Featuring Greg Georgaklis of Farmers to You.  Peer-to-peer learning workshops featuring local farmers and market coordinators who share their experiences with:

Each workshop is stand-alone, so feel free to attend one or all depending on which aggregation model you are interested in. Click registration links below for each workshop details and agenda. Please also share widely with your networks. Hosted by the Food Systems Lab at the University of New Hampshire.  

Register here: Register #2       Questions? Hannah Stokes-Ramos, hannah.stokesramos@unh.edu


February 7, Wednesday

Online farmer-owned food hub Workshop (UNH Extension), 7 - 8:30 pm

Online.  Featuring Kate Donald of Three River Farmers Alliance. Peer-to-peer learning workshops featuring local farmers and market coordinators who share their experiences with:

Each workshop is stand-alone, so feel free to attend one or all depending on which aggregation model you are interested in. Click registration links below for each workshop details and agenda. Please also share widely with your networks. Hosted by the Food Systems Lab at the University of New Hampshire.  

Register here: Register #3        Questions? Hannah Stokes-Ramos, hannah.stokesramos@unh.edu


February 10, Saturday

NOFA-NH's 22nd Annual Winter Conference, 8am - 5pm

Southern NH University, 2500 N River Rd, Manchester, NH 03106

NOFA-NH’s 22nd annual Winter Conference will explore the ecosystem of food and invite participants to build skills that cultivate abundant businesses, communities, homes, and systems.

https://www.nofanh.org/nofawinterconference



February 12, Monday

CRWFA board and member meeting.  10 am - 12 pm.  See above.


February 14, Wednesday

Clean Water Board meeting, 2:30 - 4:00 pm

Join Microsoft Teams Meeting. Or dial +1 802-828-7667 and enter phone conference ID: 98439590#

https://dec.vermont.gov/water-investment/cwi/clean-water-board/clean-water-board-meetings


February 15, Thursday

Annual Certification due for LFOs (VT): https://agriculture.vermont.gov/lfo


February 17, Saturday

2024 NOFA-VT Winter Conference, 8am - 4pm

University of Vermont, Burlington

www.nofavt.org


February 20

2024 Dry Bean Production Webinar Series (click to view flyer), 12 pm - 1:30 pm

Dry Bean Disease Management.  Register prior to event to receive the email with the presentation link. Register at https://bit.ly/41yc4x1


February 22, Thursday

No-Till and Cover Crop Conference, 9:00am – 5:00pm

Double Tree by Hilton in South Burlington

Information: 2024 No-Till and Cover Crop Conference webpage

Register at https://go.uvm.edu/2024ntcc or by calling the UVM Non-Credit Registration office at 802-656-8407. Cost is $75 per person or student registration fee of $50 per person. Please register by Friday, February 16, 2024.


February 22, Thursday

Orange and Windsor Counties NRCD Listening Session, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Online. This is important! Give your input for how federal money is spent in our Conservation District.


February 26, Monday

CRWFA Frost Seeding Workshop, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Online.  Information above or call 802-345-9201

Register at https://bit.ly/3SxUPaV


February 26, Monday

Meat and Produce Agriculture Development Grant deadline


February 27, Tuesday

2024 Dry Bean Production Webinar Series (click to view flyer), 12 pm - 1:30 pm

New Dry Bean Varieties.  Register prior to event to receive the email with the presentation link. Register at https://bit.ly/41yc4x1


February 27, Tuesday

Nitrogen Pollution and the Connecticut River, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Connecticut River Joint Commission, Register and see details at www.crjc.org/riverwide/


March 4, Monday

Small Farm Diversification and Transition Grant deadline


March 5, Tuesday

2024 Dry Bean Production Webinar Series (click to view flyer), 12 pm - 1:30 pm

Dry Bean Farmer Panel.  Register prior to event to receive the email with the presentation link. Register at https://bit.ly/41yc4x1


March 6, Wednesday

Bedded Pack Manure Management Workshop, 10 am - 12 pm

Choinier Family Farm, 2465 Gore Road, Highgate VT

VT NRCS, contact Bob Thompson for more information, bob.thompson@usda.gov


March 8, Friday

Community Supported Agriculture Grant deadline


March 12, Tuesday

CRWFA board and member meeting, 10am - 12 pm


March 12, Tuesday

Floodplain Management and the Connecticut River, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Connecticut River Joint Commission, Register and details at www.crjc.org/riverwide/


March 13 or 14, Wednesday/Thursday

One of two days and locations - choose one:

Wednesday, March 13, 2024, Eastside Restaurant in Newport, VT

Thursday, March 14, 2024, American Legion in Vergennes, VT

Cost $25 per person. Register online at https://go.uvm.edu/2024organicdairydays or please call UVM Non-Credit Registration office at 802-656-8407 or email noncredit@uvm.edu.


March 18, Monday

VAAFM Statewide listening session, 12:30 - 2:00 pm

Online. You can also use this anonymous form online

https://agriculture.vermont.gov/statewide-listening-sessions-continue-2024


March 20, Wednesday

Grain Growers Conference, 9:00am – 5:30pm

The Essex Resort and Spa in Essex

Details: 2024 Grain Growers Conference. Keynote speaker Amber Lambke, founder and president of Maine Grains, Inc. Lunch time speaker, Bill McDorman, cofounder of the Great American Seed Up & Heritage Grain Alliance. Other topics include managing soil health on grain farms, cover crop-based no-till and interseeding techniques, cleaning and drying seed, dry beans IPM, a sensory session, and baking sessions.

Cost is $85 per person and $60 per NGGC member, and you can register online at https://go.uvm.edu/2024graingrowers or please call UVM Non-Credit Registration office at 802-656-8407 or email noncredit@uvm.edu.


March 25, 26, 28

Annual Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training
For all growers, gleaners, farm workers, and those supporting farms to cover produce safety topics under the FDA Produce Safety Rule. To receive your certificate, you must attend all three parts of the training; March 25th online, March 26th in Berlin, and March 28th online.  Registration is required. The cost of the training (all three days) is $25.


April 2 and 3

Northeast Dairy Business Innovation Summit


April 30, Tuesday

Annual Certification due for MFOs (VT) - https://agriculture.vermont.gov/mfo


Custom Applicator Certification opportunities (1 credit each)

These events are free, but registration is required. Contact Lindsey Ruhl (lruhl@uvm.edu); (802) 391-4546 to reserve your spot at least one week before. Please be prepared to pay the $30 certification fee to VAAFM.  If these times or places do not work for you, please contact LindseyRuhl (lruhl@uvm.edu); (802) 391-4546 to make alternative arrangements.

If you have questions about if your certification has lapsed or how many credits you need to maintain certification, please contact Brittany Coleat Brittany.Cole@vermont.gov or802-522-7413.

If you have any questions about custom applicator of manure certification, contact Mary Montour at (802) 461-6087 or mary.montour@vermont.gov.

Can’t attend?  Visit: https://agriculture.vermont.gov/water-quality-educational-credits for pre-recorded lessons and earn your credit(s) there.

Pesticide Applicator Certification Exams

●      Montpelier:every Wednesday 9:00 am - 12 pm

●      St.Johnsbury: 2nd Thursday every month 9:00 am - 12 pm

●      Newport:1st Thursday every month 9:00 am - 12 pm

●      Williston:1st & 3rd Thursday every month 9:00 am - 12 pm

●      Rutland:1st Tuesday every month 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

●      Brattleboro:1st Thursday every month 9:00 am - 12 pm



Grant Opportunities



New Hampshire



Vermont:

The VAAFM Farm to School and Early Childhood Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Grant will partially reimburse childcare providers or after school programs for CSA shares purchased from Vermont farms or farm/producer collaboratives.

The maximum grant award for this funding opportunity is $1,500. CSA Grants will reimburse programs for 65-80% of the cost of a summer and/or fall CSA share.

Programs can use local food purchased with a CSA Grant in the following ways:

Register for an optional informational webinar on Tuesday, February 13th at 11 AM.

Learn More and Apply by March 8th


Meat and Produce Agriculture Development Grants

For-profit produce, livestock, and slaughter operations are eligible. Eligible projects include infrastructure improvements, equipment and material upgrades, safety and quality improvements, staff and management training, and improved operations management.  Awards range from $30,000-$350,000. There is no match requirement.
Application deadline: February 26th

Have something to add to the calendar or newsletter?  Send to crwfa.info@gmail.com



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