RAFFL’s Annual Farmers’ Gathering and Resource Fair is next Tuesday, March 22nd at Green Mountain College (Withey Hall). Register today to attend the numerous workshops happening from 1:00 – 5:30pm! Growers Discussion: Farm-to-Plate Plan Q & A on scaling up Vermont agriculture (4:15 to 5:30 pm)
One of the central goals of the Farm to Plate Strategic Plan is that locally produced food will increase for all types of local and regional markets. Join Ellen Kahler, Executive Director of the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund, and Eric Rozendaal from Rockville Market Farm in Starksboro for a discussion on how we can increase overall production over the next 10 years.
This can occur by increasing the number of small diversified farms in production and/or by existing farms deciding to “scale up” their operations (e.g., increasing the number of acres under production) from small to medium or large scale operations to meet growing institutional and larger retail markets demand.
In this session, Eric will relay his experiences in expanding their operation and the internal transitions and systems that were needed to reach the next level of production. In this session, we’ll share lessons learned with each other and you can ask questions on a wider range of scale of production questions (e.g., financing, management abilities, workforce needs, marketing and distribution needs and more).RAFFL’s Annual Farmers’ Gathering and Resource Fair is next Tuesday, March 22nd at Green Mountain College (Withey Hall). Register today to attend the numerous workshops happening from 1:00 – 5:30pm!
REGISTER NOW to attend the workshop sessions during the Farmers’ Gathering! http://tinyurl.com/farmerfair
- $20 to register
- Save when two folks from the same farm register – $30
- $10 for Green Mountain College Students (please bring your student ID for verification)
FULL WORKSHOP LINEUP
March 22: Withey Hall, GMC
1:00 – 2:45pm – Workshop Session I
- Developing a Farm Food Safety Plan (Presenters: Hans Estrin and Ginger Nickerson, both UVM Extension staff)
3:00 – 4:00pm – Workshop Session II
- Expanding your markets: Learning session between institutional buyers and farmers (Moderator: Jill Perry, RAFFL)
- Growers Discussion: On-farm Composting Q & A with the Highfields Center for Composting (Moderator: Jack McSweeney, Highfields Center For Composting)
4:15 – 5:30pm – Workshop Session III
- Hiring farm employees: What you should know workman’s comp insurance, taxes and more (Presenter: Bob Parsons, UVM Extension)
- Growers Discussion: Farm-to-Plate Plan Q & A on scaling up Vermont agriculture (Moderator: Ellen Kahler, Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund and Eric Rozendaal, Rockville Market Farm)
In addition to workshops, make sure to check out the Resource Fair from 4:00 – 6:30. Over 25 agricultural service providers, technical assistance providers and funders will be available with displays and information about the resources they can provide you and your farm. Afterwards, at 6:30 pm, join us for a community localvore meal and evening presentation, “What does the Farm to Plate Plan Mean for Rutland County,” by Ellen Kahler, Executive Director of the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund.
The Farmers’ Gathering is co-sponsored by RAFFL, GMC Farm and Food Project and the Poultney Mettowee Natural Resources Conservation District.