Author Archives: UVM New Farmer Project

About UVM New Farmer Project

The UVM Extension New Farmer Project draws together information and resources within Extension and the broader Vermont Agriculture community to assist new farmers in creating successful ag businesses.

On the Lookout for Smut

This season (2018), the UVM Extension Northwest Crops and Soils Team is interested in collecting smut infected grain heads with a goal of identifying all smut disease that are present in the Northeast. If you find smut infected grain heads … Continue reading

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Growing a business: Part 2 of Spotlight on Good Heart Farmstead

By Suzy Hodgson, UVM Extension Center for Sustainable Agriculture With five years of farming behind her, Kate Spring, Good Heart Farmstead, has the experience to respond to feedback from CSA members and to balance her job with her farmer partner … Continue reading

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Getting Your Farm Going – USDA Website is Here to Help

By Jake Jacobs, UVM Crop Insurance Education Coordinator If you are looking to get a start in an agricultural enterprise, bring on your ideas and enthusiasm! USDA’s new farmer website is dedicated to programs and resources just for new farmers … Continue reading

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Spotlight on Kate Spring, Good Heart Farmstead

By Suzy Hodgson, UVM Extension Center for Sustainable Agriculture A vegetarian for six years, Kate Spring, Good Heart Farmstead, had been interested in sustainable farming since graduating with an Environmental Studies and English degree in 2009. But after reading Pollan’s … Continue reading

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Should I Have Crop Insurance?

By Jake Jacobs, Crop Insurance Education Coordinator, University of Vermont Finances are especially tight for many Vermont farmers right now. Is it worthwhile to pay for crop insurance? To answer that question, farmers need to carefully evaluate their business risks … Continue reading

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