Print

Print


We had to postpone the Poultney one and will reschedule it. I'll let you 
know when a date is confirmed.

Beth

 Alex Wylie wrote:
> I just went to sign up for the Poultney meeting on the 25th and did 
> not see it on the survey monkey.  Has it been canceled?
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Beth Holtzman" 
> <[log in to unmask]>
> To: <[log in to unmask]>
> Sent: Tuesday, March 03, 2009 4:05 PM
> Subject: Beginning Farmer Focus Groups
>
>
>> Hello New Farmer Network members,
>>
>> I'm writing to invite you and colleagues at your organization to 
>> participate in one of four upcoming focus groups on beginning farmer 
>> needs.
>>
>> These focus groups are part of a SARE-funded project is designed to 
>> educate agricultural professionals about the challenges that 
>> beginning farmers face; stimulate changes in service delivery to make 
>> it more responsive to beginning farmersí needs; and develop a corps 
>> of service providers better skilled at assessing stakeholder needs 
>> and using that information to develop programs. An unofficial goal of 
>> this project is to engage key stakeholders in defining what an 
>> effective, statewide, beginning farmer program would look like, and 
>> which would help inform Vermont proposals to the new Beginning Farmer 
>> and Rancher Development Program.
>>
>> Additionally, any agricultural service providers who participate in a 
>> focus group will be eligible to apply for a $1000 mini grant to 
>> conduct beginning farmer programming in the next year.
>>
>> The focus groups will use a fishbowl approach (in which farmers serve 
>> as educators) to explore the interconnected challenges that beginning 
>> farmers face in terms of access to land, capital and credit, and 
>> building production, marketing, business planning, and financial 
>> management knowledge and skills. The focus groups will be held on 
>> farms and will include lunch and a farm tour. Last January, we 
>> conducted a pilot focus group which was very well received by both 
>> service providers and farmers. All of the service providers reported 
>> learning something new, and all the farmers reported feeling 
>> comfortable and respected during the process. "I liked the 
>> opportunity to brainstorm and connect with other farmers," one 
>> producer said afterwards."The conversation from the group of farmers 
>> was quite different than talking to each one individually," observed 
>> a service provider. "I enjoyed the dynamic."
>>
>> The four focus groups will be held at the following dates and locations:
>>
>> -- March 25 at Cerridwen Farm in Poultney at Green Mountain College;
>> -- March 27 at The Center for an Agricultural Economy in Hardwick;
>> -- April 2 at the Harlow Farm in Westminster
>> -- April 9 at Applecheek Farm in Hyde Park.
>>
>> You can this link:
>>
>> https://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=pphoQR5U7JNEDnGaKS3v3Q_3d_3d
>>
>> to sign up for one of the focus groups. Please forward this message 
>> both to farmers and service providers you think might be interested 
>> in participating.
>>
>> Thanks in advance for your help.
>>
>> Beth
>>
>>
>>
>> -- 
>> ********************************
>> Beth Holtzman
>> Outreach Education Coordinator
>> Women's Agricultural Network
>> University of Vermont Extension
>> 617 Comstock Rd.
>> Berlin, VT 05602
>> 617 Comstock Rd.
>> Berlin, VT 05602
>>
>> [log in to unmask]
>> 802-223-2389x15
>> www.uvm.edu/wagn
>> ********************************
>>


-- 
********************************
Beth Holtzman
Outreach Education Coordinator
Women's Agricultural Network
University of Vermont Extension
617 Comstock Rd.
Berlin, VT 05602
617 Comstock Rd.
Berlin, VT 05602

[log in to unmask]
802-223-2389x15
www.uvm.edu/wagn
********************************