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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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UVM-Extension New Farmer Classes Now Open for Registration


Registration is now open for the Vermont New Farmer Project farm business classes.  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 at or call 802-223-2389 x203. This October:

Growing Places for aspiring and start-up farmers

Where: White River Junction & Burlington, VT When: 5:30-8:30 pm, Oct. 8, 15, 22, & 29, 2013 Cost: $110-$150. Financial assistance is available for qualified applicants. 

This four session course introduces new farmers to important topics, resources and services integral to getting their farm started off right.  Early Registration deadline is September 8, 2013.  Registration is open through September 22, 2013.  Growing Places is also offered as an online course in January, 2014.  Visit  and click on "Classes" for more information, or contact Jessie Schmidt at or (802) 223-2389 x203.

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 Sept. 22 for the fall offering. 

Late Fall & Winter: Taking StockNovember-January, for farmers with 5 or more years in business. (In Rutland!) Building a Sustainable Business December-January, for farmers interested in developing a business plan. Whole Farm Planning for Beginning Women FarmersJanuary-June, for women farmers interested in developing farm planning skills. Introduction to Ag Financial ManagementFebruary, for all farmers seeking basic financial knowledge.