Monday Intensives

Monday, February 16 • Billings & Waterman Lounge, UVM
$50 members; $65 non-members
Prices include lunch by Have Your ‘Cake Catering (The Skinny Pancake).
Pre-registration is requested; we cannot guarantee lunch for walk-ins. 


Enhancing Pollinator Populations in Your Working Landscape

Pollinator Populations9:00am­–3:30pm

This all-day workshop will provide an overview of insect pollinators and issues facing them, including pesticide toxicity, loss of floral resources and habitat, and disease and parasites. It will focus on what each of us can do to enhance pollinator populations on our farms and gardens, including keeping honeybees and building native bee populations. Participants should bring maps of their farms and gardens to use for designing pollinator-friendly habitat, and will leave with a greater understanding and an implementation plan to enhance pollinator populations.

Presenters: John & Nancy Hayden are owners of The Farm Between, an organic fruit nursery and fruit farm in Jeffersonville, VT. Maintaining a pollinator sanctuary with floral, nesting and overwintering habitat is a high priority on their farm. John has worked as a researcher, extension agent, consultant, educator and organic farmer. Nancy is a retired UVM faculty member with 25 years teaching experience in experiential, hands-on, and service learning. Jane Sorensen is co-owner of River Berry Farm, an organic small-fruit and vegetable farm in Fairfax, VT. Jane grows and sells native plants for pollinator habitat enhancement.  She is a retired landscape architect with 14 years experience and degrees in the field. She teaches Landscape Design for Pollinators at UVM.

 


Farming the Woods: Seeing the forest for More Than Just the Trees 

Farming the Woods9:00am­–4:00pm

For too long, forest management has focused on timber and firewood as the main yields, limiting the opportunity for farmers and adversely affecting the long term heath of the forest. Steve Gabriel, author of the new book Farming the Woods, invites you to learn a remarkably different perspective on forest management: a healthy forest can be maintained while growing a wide range of food, medicine, and other products. Steve will cover cultivation of non-timber forest crops such as American ginseng, shiitake mushrooms, ramps (wild leeks), maple syrup, fruit and nut trees, and ornamentals, along with compelling stories of active forest farmers from around the country.

Presenter: Steve Gabriel is an ecologist, educator, author, and forest farmer from the Finger Lakes region of New York. He currently works for Cornell Cooperative Extension doing agroforestry and education and runs Wellspring Forest Farm which produces mushrooms, duck eggs, pastured lamb, nursery trees, and maple syrup.



Six-figure Farming for Small Plots 

Six-figure Farming9:00am­–4:00pm

This workshop will provide in-depth instruction with Jean-Martin Fortier about how adopting intensive methods of production can lead to the optimization of a cropping system.  Topics will include: farm set-up and design for biologically intensive cropping systems; alternative machinery, minimum tillage techniques and the use of the best hand tools for the market garden; best practices for weed and pest management; and how to develop a systematic approach to crop planning and season extension.

Presenter: Jean-Martin Fortier, one of Canada’s most recognized and influential organic growers, is the author of the Market Gardener: A Successful Grower’s Handbook for Small-scale Organic Farming. His book shares the techniques, tools and technology that makes his 1.5 acre market garden productive and profitable.



Get Started with Your Vermont Produce Safety Accreditation!

Safety Accreditation10:00am­–4:00pm

This workshop is for the vast majority of Vermont produce farmers who will be exempted from the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) but will likely need some food safety credibility to satisfy customers (and insurance companies). Get started on the Vermont-made produce safety accreditation being developed by the Vermont Vegetable and Berry Growers Association and UVM Extension. During this intensive, you will learn about this program and begin the accreditation process by drafting a practical produce safety plan for your farm, or revising the one you already have.

Presenters: Hans Estrin works for UVM Extension to develop Vermont’s local fresh food markets. He co-founded the Windham Farm and Food Network, co-developed Extension’s Practical Produce Safety Program, and now coordinates the Vermont Produce Safety Accreditation Program. Ginger Nickerson coordinates the Produce Safety Program at UVM Extension’s Center for Sustainable Agriculture.  Her academic training is in agroecology and she has a strong interest in agroforestry and how integrating woody perennials can improve resiliency of agricultural systems.