Calendar

2024 Annual Meeting: January 17th 

at Newmont Farm in Bradford, VT

Calendar - Events of Interest and Grant Deadlines

Updated 01/03/2024


January 6, Saturday night

Taylor Swift, The Eras Tour, 7 pm

Hanover NH, The Hopkins Center, Loew Auditorium

(just checking if you’re reading.  But it’s also playing 1/13 at 3 pm.  Send me an email if you want tickets)



January 8, Monday

Vermont Farm and Forest Viability program - water quality grant information session,12 pm - 1:30pm

Information session for these grants ($5,000 - $50,000).  Information here.



January 9, Tuesday

Youth Opportunity Forum, 5:30 - 7:00 pm (Vermont Council on Rural Development)

Northfield Middle & High School cafeteria, 37 Cross St, Northfield, VT

This is the last of seven regional forums held across the state over the past year.  Whether you’re a young person with a vision for the future, or an adult with ideas on how to make a difference, your input is important.  Gathering feedback on a range of topics including education, job training, community connection, youth voice, mentoring, and more. Free pizza, desserts, and drinks will be provided.

Learn more here:  Central VT Regional Forum for the Youth Opportunity Initiative.


(Mike’s note: This is a farming issue!  I went to one of these a couple months ago, in Springfield.  It was good to hear what people think of being young in Vermont.  Go and share 2-3 cents).



January 13, Saturday

VTeen 4-H Science Pathways Cafe, 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Join us this school year for in-person cafes where you will meet scientists, learn about their work, explore different science pathways, and engage in hands-on activities and informal discussions.  Cafes will be held during the 2023-2034 school year on the following Saturdays from 5-7 pm at the University of Vermont.  This program is FREE but registration is required; open to youth in grades7-12. Learn more at www.uvm.edu/extension/youth/announcements and register.



January 14, Sunday night

Specialty Crop grants pre-application due, 11:59 pm  

Grants to enhance competitiveness of specialty crops (vegetables, tree nuts, nursery crops, honey, hops, maple,mushrooms…).  Here for more information. Submit your pre-application in WebGrants by January 14, 2023 at 11:59 PM.



January 16, Tuesday

Expanding Agroforestry in the Northeast
The Nature Conservancy and regional partners are accepting applications from producers in Vermont, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey,Connecticut, and Rhode Island for incentive payments for planting new agroforestry systems.
Applications from the Northeast are due January 16, 2024.



January 17, Wednesday

CRWFA Annual Meeting, 11am - 3pm

Annual Meeting Information



January 18, Thursday

2024 Tristate Greenhouse IPM Workshops: An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of IPM Cure (credits available)

Online via Zoom

Registration Link: https://na.eventscloud.com/ereg/index.php?eventid=781015&  

Program flyer: https://www.uvm.edu/~entlab/IPMWorkshop2024.html

Questions? Contact Cheryl Frank Sullivan at 802-656-5434 | cfrank@uvm.edu or Margaret Skinner at 802-656-5440 | mskinner@uvm.edu



January 19, Friday

Vermont Farm & Forest Viability Program (VHCB) grant applications due.

Vermont Farm & Forest Viability Program - Water Quality Grants



January 22, Monday

Multi-farm CSA Workshop (UNH Extension), 7 - 8:30 pm

Featuring David Trumble of Local Harvest.  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 #1      Questions? Hannah Stokes-Ramos, hannah.stokesramos@unh.edu



January 22, Monday

Organic Regulations for Livestock Production, Online



January 23, Tuesday

Farmers Watershed Alliance NW (Franklin County) Annual Meeting, 5:30 - 8:00 pm

Elks Lodge 1566, 44 Gricebrook Rd, St. Albans, VT 05478

Questions: contact FarmersWatershedAllianceNW@gmail.com


January 25, Thursday

Champlain Valley Farmers Coalition Annual Meeting, 5:30 - 9:00 pm

Middlebury VFW

https://cvfc-vt.com/event/annual-meeting-2/



January 25-27

The Gathering of Good Graziers Conference (Vermont Grass Farmers Association)

UMass-Amerherst, MA.

A Confluence of the Northeast Grazing & Livestock Conference and the Northeast Pasture Consortium Annual Meeting.  Face to face for the first time since the pandemic!

Discount code, use by Jan 5th (it’s on the website): https://www.vtgrassfarmers.org/agenda



January 30, Tuesday

Vermont Vegetable and Berry Growers Association annual meeting. 8am - 4pm.

Double Tree by Hilton in South Burlington, Vermont

If you know, you know.  If you don’t, you should go.  https://vvbga.org/farm-dashboard/2024-annual-meeting



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 17, Saturday

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

University of Vermont, Burlington

www.nofavt.org



February 20, Tuesday

2024 Dry Bean Production Webinar Series (click to view flyer)

12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. February 20, 27, and March 5.

Tuesday, February 20 - Dry Bean Disease Management with Dr. Sarah Pethybridge, Associate Professor, School of Integrative Plant Science Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology Section Cornell AgriTech.

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

Building Resiliency and Profitability into your No-Till System. The extremely wet 2023 cropping season has made for a challenging crop season, leaving many farmers wondering what’s next for their fields. Conference attendees will consider subject matter ranging from what happens when you till a no-till field from a soil and fertility standpoint to the impact manure injection can have onyour no-till program. They will also hear presentations on getting the most from your cover crops and the impact of using quality seed in your cover crop program. The conference website will be updated as presentations and guests speakers are finalized.



February 27, Tuesday

2024 Dry Bean Production Webinar Series (click to view flyer)

12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. February 20, 27, and March 5.

Tuesday, February 27 - New Dry Bean Varieties: Improving the production of heirlooms without losing the culinary characteristics. Travis Parker, Department of Plant Sciences, University of California-Davis.

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



March 5, Tuesday

2024 Dry Bean Production Webinar Series (click to view flyer)

12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. February 20, 27, and March 5.

Tuesday, March 5 - Dry Bean Farmer Panel: Hear from growers about their experiences growing dry beans, from harvesting & cleaning to storage & markets.

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



March 20, Wednesday

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

The Essex Resort in Essex. This year’s theme is: Growing Collaborations. Stay tuned for more details!



Also from UVM Extension

Nutrient Management Planning 2024 NMP classes in January and February (it is a 6-week course). We have not determined the schedule or locations yet. If you are interested in attending the class, please let me know at your earliest convenience.

There are also basic NMP course requirements that need to be done prior to taking the class in January that include:

Given these course requirements and time to complete them, it is time now to start getting ready for the 2024 NMP classes.  If interested in the NMP, or taking the 2024 class, or gaining help with completing the course requirements, or gaining help to update your current NMP, please feel free to reach out to UVM Extension (Susan) at 802-524-6501 or 802-656-7611 or your local Conservation District office.



Pesticide Applicator Certification Exams



Grant Opportunities

January 15: FACT fund-a-farmer grant deadline

January 19: Vermont Farm & Forest Viability water quality grant deadline

February 1: NH Climate Resilience grant deadline

February 1: NH Cheshire Country Conservation grant deadline


New Hampshire

NH Conservation Districts, 2024 Climate Resilience Grants

Funds are available for projects that mitigate the impact of agriculture on climate change and enhance the on-farm adaptations to projected climate conditions. Preference will be given to projects that can demonstrate strong potential in mitigation and adaptation.

This year's applications are available now and are due on February 1,2024.

Contact your county conservation district for more information, or visit their website to view the full Request for Proposals and Application.

You can learn more during an optional zoom informational session on Thursday, December 7, 2023 at 6:00PM. Registration required for the information session.


Cheshire County Conservation District (CCCD) 2024 Conservation Opportunity Fund.

This grant provides up to $1,500 for wildlife habitat improvement projects in Cheshire County, NH. 

CCCD seeks proposals from landowners/stewards of small tracts of land 25 acres or fewer who are interested in making a meaningful long-term impact on wildlife habitat and biodiversity. Eligible applicants include individuals, businesses, farmers, and/or forestland owners.

Past funded projects include the installation of native pollinator habitat, rain gardens, vegetated buffers along surface waters, early successional habitat creation/maintenance, forest management for wildlife, and conversion of lawns or fields to native plant landscapes. Others projects which benefit native wildlife habitat may be considered.

Grant information, 2024 application, project resources, and more can be found on CCCD’s website at https://www.cheshireconservation.org/cof

Completed applications are due to the CCCD no later than February 1, 2024 and can be submitted digitally or by mail.


Vermont:

Vermont Farm & Forest Viability Program - Water Quality Grants

The Vermont Farm & Forest Viability Program (Viability Program), a program of the Vermont Housing & Conservation Board, has grant awards available for on-farm capital improvement projects that have a positive impact on water quality.

There are two virtual information sessions to answer questions on Friday, December 8 from 12 pm to 1:30 pm and Monday, January 8 from 3:30 pm to 5 pm. More information, eligibility requirements, applications, and details to join the information sessions are available on the Vermont Farm & Forest Viability Program Website at: https://vhcb.org/WQG.

For questions regarding this grant opportunity, please contact: Betsy McGavisk at Betsy@VHCB.org or 802-828-5562.


Other Vermont Programs