Participate in the Annual Vermont Farm Show!

Judging at the VT Farm Show
Judging at the VT Farm Show

The annual Vermont Farm Show will be held on January the 27th-29th (Tues-Thurs), at the Champlain Valley Expo, in Essex Junction, VT. All community members are welcome and there is something for everyone! Children, and children at heart, always enjoy the equipment and animals on display, the public can come learn about innovative agriculture practices happening in their community, and ‘foodies’ will enjoy the Wednesday ‘Buy Local Market’. There will be opportunities to have friendly and engaging conversation with a variety of representatives in the agricultural community – from seed, machinery and product vendors, trade organizations, Extension agents, state and national technical advisers, and financial organizations.

Growers, artists and home-chefs can submit products for the annual product competition. Many types of products will be on display including maple syrup and maple products, vegetables, apples, field crops, Christmas trees and wreaths, honey, eggs, home goods, and fiber arts. The UVM Middlebury Extension office is your local drop-off site for product entries. Please drop off entries by noon on Monday January 26th. Just be sure to fill out your tag with appropriate information and follow product entry rules. For more information about the Farm Show and the product entry rules, visit the website: http://www.vtfarmshow.com or call (802) 461-8774. Feel free to contact the UVM Extension Middlebury office, (802) 338-4969 or (800) 956-1125, e-mail: champlain.crops@uvm.edu or stop by: 23 Pond Lane Suite 300, Middlebury, VT.

CVFC Hosts Annual Meeting

Champlain Valley Farmer Coalition invites you to listen, learn, & add your voiceCVFC_Header

All farms in Vermont will be impacted by environmental regulations around water quality.  Join the discussion to find out how to work together as farmers and take the initiative to be proactive and be part of the solution.

Join us on January 8th at the Vergennes American Legion at 6:30 pm to:

  • Hear from fellow farmers about how they have dealt with water quality on their farms and the value they have gotten from their efforts
  • Hear from fellow farmers and the Secretary of Agriculture, Chuck Ross and DEC Commissioner, David Mears about what the state is doing to help farmers meet existing and new water quality standards affecting farms of all sizes in our state
  • Have your voice heard…join CVFC members and other farmers as we give input to state agency leaders about what framers are doing to protect water quality and how new and eixisting regulations will impact your farming operation
  • Learn about the CHAMPLAIN VALLEY FARMER COALITION, its vision and why you might want to joinCVFC_Tagline
  • Enjoy a social hour with h’orderves and a cash bar to catch up with farmers from around the Champlain Valley…it’s been a busy field season, so come enjoy some ‘chat time’ with your neighbors

CVFC Annual Meeting
January 8, 2014 | 6:00 – 8:30 PM
Vergennes American Legion

AGENDA

6:00 – 6:30
CVFC ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING

6:30 – 7:00
SOCIAL TIME
Cash Bar & H’orderves:  catch up with friends & neighbors after a busy field season

7:00 – 8:30
PROGRAM
Farmer Panel, Chuck Ross, & David Mearsworking with farmers

8:30
Travel home or stick around for some more social time!!

RSVP

info@champlainvalleyfarmercoalition.com | (802) 388-4969

www.champlainvalleyfarmercoalition.com

Two Great Upcoming Events…Pastures & Cover Crops

The Champlain Valley Crop, Soil & Pasture Team is pleased to announce two fantastic events in November:

November 8th * 10:00 am to 11:30 pm  *  Ferrisburgh, VT
No-Till Cover Crop FIELD DAYinterseed

Can no-till, cover crop mixes and manure work in corn silage on the clay soils of the Champlain Valley??  We’re trying to find out.  Please join us at the site of one of our on-farm research trialsJoin the Champlain Valley Crop Soil & Pasture Team and Deer Valley Farm as we share our preliminary results from our  Cover Crop Diversity in No-Till Systems SARE Partnership Project.  Come check out our on-farm research plots of two different cover crop mixes in corn silage on CLAY SOIL

Click HERE for the Field Day flyer

RSVP to (802) 388-4969 or kirsten.workman@uvm.edu

 

November 14th  *  10:00 am to 2:30 pm  *  Bridport Community Hall
Champlain Valley Grazing SymposiumOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Join us as we wrap up this year’s grazing season and think ahead to next year! Come hear how planned grazing can be fun
and profitablee. Troy Bishopp, aka “The Grass Whisperer” is an accomplished grazier on his own farm in NY state, in addition to working with the Madison County Soil & Water Conservation District/Upper Susquehanna Coalition as their regional grazing specialist. Troy brings a holistic approach to grazing planning by helping farmers chart a course that pays attention to their personal goals as well as their profits. Julie Smith, UVM Extension Dairy Specialist, will also be here to discuss how to manage and troubleshoot common herd health issues including Johne’s, BVD, and nutritional deficiencies. Julie’s focus is on biosecurity and preventive animal health management. Hope to see you there!

Click HERE for the Grazing Symposium flyer

Register & purchase tickets:  http://grazingsymposium2013.eventbrite.com/

 

Please join us for one or both of these fantastic events. 

If you have  any questions or need more information, please give us a call at (802) 388-4969 or email us at champlain.crops@uvm.edu.

SEE YOU THERE!