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67 Merchants Row
Rutland, VT, 05701
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(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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Building a Sustainable Business Class in Rutland - registration extended til Nov 26!


  Building a Sustainable Business, a UVM Extension class,  Registration Deadline Extended to November 26!

A six-week course designed to provide both new and experienced farmers with the tools to develop agricultural business plans to start or grow their businesses will be offered through the University of Vermont (UVM) Extension New Farmer Project at three locations this winter. A number of 1st year farmers in our area took it last year and felt that the information provided in the text-book helped focus their development of a business plan.  They also noted the best part of the course - getting to know other new farmers that participated in the course!  At this point, the sign up for the Rutland course is really low, and it may be cancelled.  If you are starting to work through the business aspects of your farm, this may be an important, locally accessible, learning opportunity to do just that.

"Building a Sustainable Business" will help participants assess their resources, develop marketing strategies, and better understand financial aspects and funding sources involved with running a successful agricultural business, as well as provide opportunities to network with other farmers. Classes will be held in Berlin, Rutland, and St. Johnsbury on Dec. 1, 8, 15, and Jan. 5, 12, and 19, 2011 from 1 to 4 p.m.  The three locations will link up via the Internet for part of each class session.

The deadline for registration has been extended to November 26th.  Pre-registration is required as space is limited. The fee is $150 per person.  For past participants in UVM Extension's Women's Agricultural Network's   (WagN) Growing Places course, the fee is $125.

Register online at http://www.uvm.edu/newfarmer/?Page=classes.html. Or send a check, made payable to UVM Extension, to Building a Sustainable Business, 617 Comstock Rd., Suite 5, Berlin, Vt. 05602.  Please include your name, address, phone, and e-mail and indicate which class location you plan to attend. Confirmation and directions to the course location will be sent upon receipt of payment.

If you require accommodations to participate, please contact Mary Peabody at mary.peabody@uvm.edu or (866) 860-1382, ext. 202, by Nov. 15.

Scholarship assistance is available.  For more information, contact Jessie Schmidt at jessica.a.schmidt@uvm.edu or (802) 223-2389, ext. 203.

Instructors for the course include Dennis Kauppila, UVM Extension agriculture and farm business management specialist; Mary Peabody, WAgN director; and Steve Paddock, Vermont Small Business Development Center business specialist. The course also will feature farmers, lenders, and other agricultural professionals who will share their experiences with participants.

The course is co-sponsored by UVM Extension, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Risk Management Agency, Vermont Small Business Development Center, and UVM's Center for Sustainable Agriculture. -- Jessie Schmidt Coordinator for Community & Agriculture Programs