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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.

What's Growin' On

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

2 Raw Milk Webinars: Tonight & 10/21

RAFFL

WEBINAR: Real Facts on Marketing and Selling Raw Milk in VTThursday, October 14th  7-8 pm To log in, go to http://tinyurl.com/UVMEXT-RawMilkWebinar at about 6:45 pm Eastern time on October 14, 2010. Shelby Girard of Rural Vermont will outline the options and legal requirements established under the 2009 Raw Milk Law, focused on Tier 1 sales of up to 50 quarts of milk per day. Topics covered will include animal health and milk handling requirements; bottling and labeling requirement; and customer relations and recordkeeping. John and Rocio Clark of Applecheek Farm will offer their perspective as farmers selling raw milk in compliance with the law, and Vermont Agency of Agriculture Dairy and Energy Chief Dan Scruton will be available for questions. A comprehensive raw milk seller's guide created by Rural Vermont is available for download prior to the webinar at www.ruralvermont.org and www.uvm.edu/newfarmer. Moderated by Jenn Colby of the UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture's Pasture Program and presented as part of the UVM Extension New Farmer Project's webinar series.

WEBINAR: Best Management Practices for Raw Milk Handling Thursday, October 21, 7-8 pm To participate, please go to  http://tinyurl.com/RawMilkHandlingVT at about 6:45 pm Eastern time on October 21, 2010. Direct marketing unpasteurized milk to consumers brings both opportunity and liability to farm businesses.  VT Agency of Agriculture Dairy & Energy Chief Dan Scruton will describe proper milk testing and sanitation procedures to maximize milk quality and safety for farmers producing and selling raw milk under the 2009 Raw Milk Law.  Resources about milk quality and a farm insurance liability checklist from Co-Operative Insurance will also be available to help you protect the health of your farm.  Moderated by Jenn Colby of the UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture's Pasture Program and presented as part of the UVM Extension New Farmer Project's webinar series.  More information available at www.uvm.edu/newfarmer.

Newcomers to online learning are welcome. All you need to participate is internet access and a computer that you can hear sound through. For more information, contact newfarmer@uvm.edu or call 802-223-2389x203. If you require accommodations to participate in this program, please let Mary Peabody know by October 10 at 802-223-2389 or 1-866-860-1382 (toll-free  in Vt.) or mary.peabody@uvm.edu so we may assist you.

If you have not participated in a webinar before, we recommend you download the necessary software for free the day before the webinar is scheduled at http://www.elluminate.com/support/index.jsp