June 2004


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Vermont New Farmer Network <[log in to unmask]>
"Vesosky, Elizabeth - St. Albans, VT" <[log in to unmask]>
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Unfortunately I cannot come to the meeting scheduled for Junes 22nd as
we have an FSA meeting that day.  I have been trying to get someone else
to go to the meeting in my place, but have not had any luck finding
anyone yet.  I'll let you know if I do.  Also, congrats to Deb.  I'll
also be out on maternity leave Aug through Oct.
Take care,

-----Original Message-----
From: Vermont New Farmer Network [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On
Behalf Of Beth Holtzman
Sent: Wednesday, June 02, 2004 1:40 PM
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Subject: Changes & an Invitation

Hello everyone,

I'm writing in my new capacity as liaison for the UVM Center for
Sustainable Agriculture to the Vermont New Farmer Network. Though Allen
Matthews and Deb Heleba will continue to be actively involved with the
network and new farmer initiatives, I'll be picking up the role of
coordinating NFN communications and meetings that Allen has been doing
for the past several years. As many of you know, Allen recently has been
up to his ears with farm viability project work, and Deb Heleba is
preparing for her maternity leave (July-October ). I'm very excited to
be joining Allen and Deb in working with you all.

Our next meeting (set by those who attended the last meeting) is
tentatively scheduled for June 22, from 12:30-2 pm. If there's interest
in coming together for an in-person meeting to catch up and begin to map
out the next phase of network activities, we could hold it either at the
Berlin or Burlington Extension office. Either way, the Center for
Sustainable Agriculture will provide lunch for all who attend. Now that
the Resource Guide is done, it seems like a good time to update each
other on upcoming activities and initiatives, and to begin discussing
next steps for the network.

Please let me know by June 14 if you will be able to attend a meeting on
June 22, and which location you prefer. In the meantime, it would be
helpful to me if you would send along any ideas you have for agenda
items. If June 22 isn't feasible for enough people, my suggestion would
be that until we can get together, we use email to provide updates and
brainstorm ideas for next steps.

Which leads me to my last piece of new information. With Deb and Allen's
help, I've established  the new NEWFARMERNET list serv to facilitate
communication between network members. For those of you who aren't
familiar with list servs, one of the advantages over using address books
is that an address change only needs to be entered once -- instead of
having everybody needing to update their address books. So, please use
the list serv instead of your address book in the future.

Please feel free to write or call me if you have questions or concerns.



Beth Holtzman
Women's Agricultural Network &
UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture

617 Comstock Rd.
Berlin, VT 05602

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