We would greatly appreciate your help in letting new and beginning
farmers know about this upcoming workshop on veggie and other
horticulture topics. Please see the workshop brochure on-line at
With thanks, Deb Heleba
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.