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67 Merchants Row
Rutland, VT, 05701
United States

(802) 417-1528

Rutland Area Farm and Food Link (RAFFL) promotes local food knowledge, production and market opportunities for farmers and community members throughout our region.

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An online community of farmers in the Rutland region hosted by the Rutland Area Farm and Food Link

EVENT: Farmer Resource Fair - New Farmer Workshops Planned


Farmer Resource FairTuesday, March 30 2:00pm - 7:00pm, NEW FARMER MIXER following Fair

At the Fair, > 25 agricultural organizations will provide information on the services and programs that are available to help with ongoing farm management and agricultural development. Details here.

Workshops specific to the needs of New Farmers will be held throughout the day:

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Building Successful Landowner/New Farmer Rental Relationships (Held at 2:00pm & 5:00pm) Presenters: Jason Cadwell (land owner seeking a farmer to rent property) Allen Matthews (Center for Sustainable Agriculture, Farm Viablity Enhancement Program) Stephen Chamberlain (Dutchess Farms - over 20 years of experience renting farm land for his commercial vegetable operation) Mike Ghia (Farm Viability and Land For Good, sat on the Vermont Land Link advisory board)

Farmland Access and Land Purchase Options (Held at 2:30pm & 5:30pm) Presenters: John Ramsey (Vermont Land Trust’s Farmland Access Program) Ben Waterman (Center for Sustainable Agriculture’s Beginning Farmer and Land Access Program)

Farm Conservation Programs: Available Incentives and Assistance (Held at 3:00pm & 6:00pm) Presenters: Steve Pytlik (USDA-Natural Resource Conservation Service) Kip Potter (USDA-Natural Resource Conservation Service)

Efficiency and Renewable Energy Programs for Farms: Technical Assistance, Rebates and Tax Credits available for farm infrastructure projects (Held at 3:30pm & 6:30pm) Presenters: Jenn Osgood (Efficiency Vermont) Vern Grubinger (UVM Exension) [only able to attend 3:30pm workshop] Dan Scruton (Agency of Agriculture) [Invited, waiting for confirmation]

Affordable Health Care and Insurance Options for Farmers (Held at 4:00pm) Presenters: Matthew Ennis (Vermont Campaign for Health Care) Margaret Gilman (UVM Extension, Rural & Ag VocRehab) Karen Glade (Park Street Healthshare)