Winter is your opportunity to get off the farm and meet-up with other producers at the many conferences, workshops, classes and events offered over the winter. If you are an aspiring farmer, in the winter there is no better way to learn about your opportunities and options for creating a farm business. See a few highlights below, and check out the VT New Farmer Calendar for a complete listing.
Grazing Conference–January 18-19, Fairlee VT
Organized by the VT Pasture Network, this livestock focused conference offers a great line up of keynote speakers and workshop topics. New farmers can meet with farm business advisers on Saturday as well.
Join vegetable and berry growers from around the state to learn about the latest technical information and field trials. An excellent opportunity to network with experienced growers.
VT Farm Show— January 29-31, Essex Junction
The VT Agency of Agriculture organizes this showcase for VT farmers. Producer association meetings and an extensive trade show make this an event worth attending.
Intro to Ag Financial Management— January 30, registration deadline. Berlin, Middlebury & St Johnsbury
Meet with other farmers and 3 fantastic instructors from UVM Extension to learn the basics of budgeting and skills to anticipate the financial needs of your operation. Participants will complete balance sheets, income statements and cash flow statements.
Join over 1400 commercial growers, gardeners, homesteaders and organic eaters! Featuring over 70 workshops, TED-inspired talks, intensive seminars, and celebrations for local food enthusiasts. New farmers can meet with farm business advisers on Saturday and Sunday as well.
Taking Stock— March 1, registration deadline. On farms in Chittenden County.
Once a farm business is established, new challenges arise. Chances are your original plan has required some adjustments along the way. Taking Stock leads participants through a progress check, allowing each individual to assess how the farm is supporting his or her personal, financial and business goals. Offered by the UVM Extension New Farmer Project and the Women’s Ag Network.