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The Vermont AgrAbility Project will host the 2nd annual Farmer's Field Day on Thursday July 30, 2015 at the Kayhart Brothers Dairy in West Addison, VT (7429 VT Route 17W) from 9-3:30. Everybody is welcome and lunch will be served to the first 150 in attendence.

The Vermont AgrAbility Project is a USDA-funded program administered by UVM Extension and the Vermont Center for Independent Living. The Project helps farmers, families, and farmworkers with disabilities find ways to c...ontinue farming and living successfully while maintaining a high quality of life.

After a highly successful 2014 Field Day, the Vermont AgrAbility Project looks forward to another exciting event this year with even more presentations, demonstrations, and vendors. As the day's events continue to evolve attendees can anticipate such highlights as presentations by representatives of Vermont's Farmer Veteran Coalition and the future direction of AgrAbility services geared toward returning veterans, demonstrations of adaptive farming equipment, and personal glimpses of current and former Vermont AgrAbility Project clients on how they keep farming with a disability.

Several vendors will be present such as Life Essentials, Farm Arm (Northeastern University students who help engineer adaptive farming equipment), the Amputee Coalition of America, among others. University of Vermont will have several informational booths to help current farmers and those wishing to get into farming find resources to improve their existing operation or to begin their passion for agriculture. Representatives from Vermont Center for Independent Living will be available to talk about AgrAbility services and help those interested initiate services.

If you are a farmer with any type of disability, are a veteran interested in farming, or know someone who is, this event is for you! For more information or to request a disability-related accommodation please contact George Cook at (802) 888-4972 or email

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Do you know of a veteran who is interested in farming? The Vermont AgrAbility Project is increasing efforts to find ways of helping returning veterans find an agricultural connection. Contact the Vermont AgrAbiltiy Project for more information: or 802-888-4972.


Vermont AgrAbility Project is working hard to increase outreach and services to veterans interested in farming. If you are or know a veteran interested in farming I would love to talk. Help us help veterans! Call Geoff at 802.888.4972

For more and more people in the military, transitioning from the battlefields to the farmlands is emerging as an obvious and relatively seamless way to ease ...

Great information about Veterans Farming!

Learn about the Farm Services Agency, the Risk Management Agency and what products and services they have for veterans. We will walk through how to apply for NAP before the 15 March deadline


If you work with anyone who sells fruits or vegetables, please consider attending, or forwarding this information to them.

You will leave this workshop with a solid understanding of the science and risks behind produce safety, and a produce safety plan for your farm. Register Now – Space is Limited!


To register: $18 for first registrant, $10 for each additional person from same farm. More info/mail-in registration:

On-line Registration:

All workshops run from 8:45 am to 3:30 pm.

St Johnsbury: Wednesday, February 18: Extension Office, Farmer: Mary Skovsted, Joe’s Brook Farm

White River Junction: Thursday, February 19: Yankee Farm Credit, Farmer: Pooh Sprague, Edgewater Farm

Swanton (Co-Sponsored by Healthy Roots): Friday, February 20: Workforce Investment Board Training Center, Farmer: S’ra DeSantis, Diggers Mirth Farm

Poultney (Co-sponsored by Green Mountain College): Monday, February 23: Green Mountain College, Farmer, Carol Tashie, Radical Roots Farm

Middlebury: Tuesday, February 24: Extension Office, Farmer: Jeremy Gildrien, Gildrien Farm

To request a scholarship or disability-related accommodation, please contact Ginger Nickerson at (802) 505-8189 or, three weeks before the workshop in which you are interested so we may assist you.

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If you are thinking wholesale markets are in your business future join Annie Rowell, Program Manager at the Vermont Food Venture Center to learn about practical and technical topics:

Wednesday, February 11, Noon - 1 pm EST

A UVM Extension New Farmer Project webinar


Click here to join this webinar:…

-Types of regulations a wholesale market can have, using the example of selling to a food processor.

- Developments in market potential for selling fresh cut and frozen local fruit and vegetable products to Vermont schools and institutions.

- How the market works, and resources available to farms interested in growing for this market.

We’ll review food safety requirements, learn about how farm agreements work and share resources available to farms, including sample enterprise budgets and a resource guide, product specs, delivery container types and more!
For additional information and to request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Heidi Krantz at 802-223-2389 or 800-866-1632 three weeks prior to the program so we may assist you.

The 2014 – 2015 New Farmer Project webinar series is supported in part by the Vermont Agency of Agriculture and Working Lands Enterprise Board

Newcomers to online learning are welcome. All you need to participate is internet access and a computer that you can hear sound through. To participate, please go to the kink above at about 11:45 a.m EST on Feb. 5, 2015 and click on the webinar title. For more information, contact or call 802-223-2389 x203.

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Free Health Screenings at the 2015 Farm Show

The annual Vermont Farm Show returns to the Champlain Valley Fair Grounds this January 27-29 to celebrate its 84th year.

Once again, the Healthy Farmers-Healthy Farms Booth at the show will offer free health screenings and more.


FREE health screenings and information are available, including

Total Cholesterol
Blood Pressure screening
Blood Glucose monitoring
Body-Mass Index information
DermaScan screening for sun damage
Hearing information
Smoothie Bike- pedal the bike to run the blender making yogurt smoothies
Nutritional information
Farm First information
Free massage!

Once you enter the main doors of the Champlain Valley Expo, take a right into Expo North and we are immediately on your left. In addition to all the healthy benefits at the booth, enter the drawing for a great prize!

These services are provided by VT Agency of Agriculture, VT Farm Show, VT Farm Health Task Force, Farm First, Blue Cross Blue Shield of VT, UVM Extension-VT AgrAbility Project, VT Department of Health, Northwestern Medical Center, UVM School of Nursing, American Cancer Society of VT, Vermonters Taking Action Against Cancer and the Wellness Massage Center and Institute.

For more information, please contact Louise Waterman at the VT Agency of Agriculture, 802-373-3352 or

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Intro to Ag Financial Management
Dates: Feb. 4, 11 & 18, 2015 (Snow date, Feb. 25)
Locations: Berlin or Rutland, VT
Times: 1-4 pm.


Make this the year you bravely step into the world of farm finances! With two top-notch ag financial management specialist to lead the way, Intro to Ag Financial Management will help you approach farm finances with confidence. This course provides farmers with the knowledge they need to understand and complete a balance sheet, income statement and cash flow statement. Participants will learn the basics of budgeting and skills to anticipate the financial needs of their farm operations. Participants can choose to participate in a clinic with one‐to‐one assistance at no additional charge. Classes will be offered simultaneously in Rutland and Berlin, Vermont, with an on-site instructor at each location.

Course fee: $150. Registration discounts are available for people who have completed Growing Places and for two or more people attending from the same farm/business. Scholarships are also available. For more information and to register visit and click on "Classes." You can also email or call Heidi Krantz at, 802-223-2389 x 203.

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Classes: Introduction to Ag Financial Management For all farmers interested in financial management basics. Upcoming Sessions Location: Berlin or Rutland, VTDates: Wednesdays, 1:00 - 4:00pm, Feb.4, 11,18 and snow date Feb. 25, 2015Early registration deadline: Dec. 31, 2014; Cost: $110Standard regist…
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Vermont AgrAbility Project Helps Westfield Farmer Keep Farming

Geoff Whitchurch (802) 888-4972, ext. 403, or (866) 260-5603 E-mail: The large tires on the power chair easily navigated the rough terrain around the farmhouse as Robert Smith skillfully piloted it through several doors through the milk house into the feeding pens. He picked a pitch fork off the wall, plucked a fork-full of hay from a pile in the middle of the barn and drove to a pen of goats, who received their first feeding from the smiling farmer in a new wheelchair. [ 430 more words. ]

Increased safety is needed around the world.

We have to find fresh ways of looking at farm safety to try and prevent more heart-breaking deaths.

Vermont AgrAbility on the home page of UVM Extension. Nice work Bill, and everyone else!

I just wanted to let you know how much I've used your book on perennial production over the years. It is one of my top references.~Lori, VT Greenhouse Grower

Vermont AgrAbility Project Farmer’s Field Day

The Vermont AgrAbility Project hosted its first ever Field Day event on August 20th. Coordinated by University of Vermont (UVM) Extension and Vermont Center for Independent Living (VCIL), the Field Day was held at Young’s Milky Way Farm in Springfield, VT. Many of you who have attended the AgrAbility National Training Workshops probably remember Kenny and Kelli Young, the operators of the Farm. [ 365 more words. ]

Job Posting!!

Jersey Girls Dairy in Chester VT is seeking a highly motivated individual to take on a dual-role of Herd Manager and Value-added Production Assistant.

Jersey Girls Dairy is a diversified grass-based dairy farming enterprise with growing markets and product-lines. Production practices are Animal Welfare Approved (AWA) certified humane, and the farm owner/operator is a cutting-edge leader of the local foods movement.


The herd consists of a 25 registered Jerseys in-milk, plus young stock that are rotationally grazed, and bull calves are raised for Rose Veal.

The farm also has a pastured poultry flock of 350 laying hens.

The on farm micro dairy bottles milk and will be producing butter and soft cheese in the near future. The farm’s milk is also sent to a local cheese maker for the production of cheese marketed under the Jersey Girls brand. Raw milk is also sold to other local cheese makers.

Job Description

Manage and perform the daily operations of the dairy, including: milking, feeding, herd health and reproduction; feeding/raising calves, cleaning and barn maintenance and pasture management. Record-keeping and prevention management are vital characteristics for this position. Animal health/well-being, cleanliness, nutrition, and milk quality are key elements to the principles and success of Jersey Girls Dairy.

This staff member will assist in the micro dairy with milk processing.


The ideal candidate will be a self starter, dependable and responsible. A dairy background is required as is the interest to continue with development of the farm’s markets and the Jersey Girls brand. This is a position with long term equity potential for the right candidate.

This is a great opportunity to participate in the start up of our new cheese and butter operation.


Salary is dependent on experience, housing for single person or family. The position will start as soon as possible.

Please send resume with 3 references to:

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