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Beth Holtzman <[log in to unmask]>
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Tue, 17 Dec 2013 12:34:17 -0500
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A few slots are still open. Please contact Kristen Mullins at 
*[log in to unmask]* or 802.656.2034 if you have questions or need 
additional information.

    *Please share widely. Apologies for cross posting.*


    *Ground Work

    *Effective Strategies for Teaching Tractor Skills and Farm
    Mechanization Decision Making*

    *What:* A new professional development (train-the-trainer) program
    to prepare and support agricultural educators, farmers, and farm
    service providers to deliver farm mechanization and tractor
    education to beginning farmers, farm workers, and apprentices
    throughout the Northeast.

    Where: *On-line (5 sessions) and Essex Junction, Vermont (one day)

    Dates: *On-line sessions are January 23^rd , February 13^th , March
    13^th , April 10^th , and May 29^th .  The hands-on training is May
    21^st or 22^nd (trainee choice).

    Time: *On-line sessions 11:00 -- 12:00 / Hands-on days are full days.

    Registration Deadline: *December 20^th , 2013

    Cost: *Thanks to a grant from the Northeast SARE Professional
    Development Program, there is no tuition cost to participate.
    However, participants are expected to cover travel expenses to
    attend the hands-on, in-person training day in Essex Junction,
    Vermont.Lodging will be provided as needed.

    On-line application:*

    For more Information:* click here for the *Program Description
    contact Kristen Mullins at *[log in to unmask]* or 802.656.2034.

    Who:* Ground Work is seeking a diverse group of technical assistance
    providers, agricultural educators and farmer-educators from the
    Northeast to participate in this train-the-trainer project.  We
    assume that program participants will be diverse in experience,
    geography, and learner audience and will apply what they learn in a
    variety of ways -- as lead instructors, program assistants,
    one-on-one coaches etc.

    Why: *To succeed, farmers must understand the equipment needs of
    their enterprise, how these needs may change as the business grows,
    and how these needs will be met.Yet, new farmers increasingly come
    from non-farming backgrounds and have limited experience with
    machinery.In Vermont and other parts of the Northeast, there are
    limited opportunities to access tractor education that is a) geared
    to adult farmer operators and their employees and b) relevant to the
    kinds of diversified and small-scale farms that are emerging
    throughout the region.Ground Work hopes to address this need by
    building trainer capacity throughout the region.


    /UVM Extension helps individuals and communities put research-based
    knowledge to work.

    University of Vermont Extension, and U.S. Department of Agriculture,
    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./

    /To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in
    this program, please contact Kristen Mullins at 802-656-2034 by
    December 20, 2013 so we may assist you./



Kristen C. Mullins
New Farmer Project
University of Vermont Extension
655 Spear Street
Burlington, VT 05405
(802) 656-2034
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*Beth Holtzman*
Outreach Education Coordinator
Women's Agricultural Network
University of Vermont Extension

617 Comstock Rd.
Berlin, VT 05602

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