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67 Merchants Row
Rutland, VT, 05701
United States

(802) 417-1528

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Growing Places course Offered this Summer-- UVM Extension New Farmer Project


NFPRegistration is now open for the Vermont New Farmer Project farm business class Growing Places. This Summer: Growing Places for aspiring and start-up farmers Location: Vital Communities offices, White River Junction, VT Time: 5:30 - 8:30 pm Dates: June 24, July 8, July 22, & August 5 Fess: $100-$135 Registration Deadline: June 10; early discounts available for registrations by May 31.

This four session course introduces new and aspiring farmers to important topics, resources and services integral to getting their farm started off right.  Participants will learn about the cornerstones of farm business development—goal setting and decision making, accessing capital and financial management, exploring markets, and learning about the resources and services available to support beginning farmers.

The in-person classes are scheduled for Monday evenings from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., beginning June 24. The course fee is $100 if received by May 31, and then $135 until June 10. Course information andonline registration can be found at Click on "Classes" then "Growing Places." For questions and additional information, email  Offered by the UVM Extension New Farmer Project in collaboration with Vital Communities and co-sponsored by the Women's Ag Network.

To request a disability-related accommodation to participate, contact Jessie Schmidt at (802) 223-2389, ext. 203, or (866) 860-1382 (toll-free in Vermont) by June 10, 2013. Financial assistance is available for qualified applicants.

No matter what stage your farm business is in, the New Farmer Project offers classes to help you reach your full potential. Vermont New Farmer Project courses are specifically designed to meet the needs of aspiring and beginning farmers, including topics such as: goal setting, business planning, marketing, and ag financial management.  Not sure which course is right for you? Contact us or call 802-223-2389 x203.

The Vermont New Farmer Project is an initiative of the University of Vermont Center for Sustainable Agriculture that is funded by the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP) of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA, Grant # 2011-49400-30500.

University of Vermont Extension, and U.S. Department of Agriculture, cooperating, offer education and employment to everyone without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, and marital or familial status.

UVM Extension helps individuals and communities put research-based knowledge to work.