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Beth Holtzman <[log in to unmask]>
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Vermont New Farmer Network <[log in to unmask]>
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Wed, 30 Jul 2008 16:13:34 -0400
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Dear colleague,

There is still space available at this upcoming workshop.  We would 
greatly appreciate your help in letting new and beginning farmers 
know about it. Please see the workshop brochure on-line at 
http://www.uvm.edu/wagn/womeninag.html.
With thanks,

Beth Holtzman


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Women's Agricultural Network, 802-233-2389, [log in to unmask]

Beginning Farmer Workshop Focuses on Small-Scale, Diversified Horticulture

South Londonderry -- New and beginning farmers will have the 
opportunity to learn practical information on production and 
marketing approaches for their small, diversified horticultural 
operations in a day-long workshop on August 7, 2008.

The workshop, called "From the Ground Up," will be held at Anjali 
Farms and Lotus Moon Medicinals, a South Londonderry, Vermont 
certified organic farm producing heirloom vegetables, culinary and 
medicinal herbs, eggs, perennial fruit, and honey for direct retail markets.

The day will start with an introduction to the farm by owners Emmett 
Dunbar and Lini Mazumdar. After learning how the farm integrates its 
production, marketing and educational activities, participants will 
explore some strategies and systems in more depth. These include: 
direct marketing and agri-tourism strategies for 
"off-the-beaten-path" operations and for growing a farm business; 
soil management systems for building and maintaining soil fertility 
for horticultural crops with UVM Extension Vegetable and Berry 
Specialist Vern Grubinger; strategies for developing farm 
infrastructure, including barns, greenhouses, root cellars, and water 
sources for irrigation; and weed and other pest management 
strategies. The day will end with discussion of resources to support 
beginning farmers and time for questions and answers.

The workshop will run on August 7 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with on-site 
check-in starting at 8:45 a.m. It will be held rain or shine; 
participants are asked to dress accordingly. Participants should 
bring their own lunch; the workshop fee will cover materials, drinks 
and desserts.

Please be sure to register early as space is limited to 40; 
registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first served basis. 
The fee is $25 per person and is due by July 29; after that date, the 
fee is $40 per person. To register, send your check, made payable to 
"UVM," to From the Ground Up, UVM Extension, 617 Comstock Road, 
Berlin, VT 05602. For more details, see the program brochure on-line 
at the "WAgN Workshops" website at uvm.edu/wagn.

The workshop is sponsored by University of Vermont Extension Women's 
Agricultural Network and Center for Sustainable Agriculture with 
grant support from USDA-CSREES, USDA-RMA and the Northeast Center for 
Risk Management Education. UVM and USDA, cooperating, offer education 
and employment to everyone without regard to race, color, national 
origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual 
orientation and marital or familial status. Individuals requiring 
accommodations or financial assistance to participate in this program 
should contact WAgN at [log in to unmask] or 802-223-2389 by July 29, 2008.

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Beth Holtzman
Women's Agricultural Network

617 Comstock Rd.
Berlin, VT 05602

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802-223-2389 ext. 15
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