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What’s in an Organic System Plan?

When: Thursday, August 21

Time: 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time (Noon to 1 p.m. Central Time)

Featuring: Skip Connett (Green Gate Farms) and Mary Ellen Holliman (Texas Department of Agriculture)


Funding for these webinars is provided by the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program, as administered by the Texas Department of Agriculture, and the Organic Transitions Program of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture.

National Good Food Network Webinar

Ins-TRUCK-tion Manual: Lease, Buy, or Other?

Thursday, Aug 21
3:30 – 4:45 p.m. ET

Free! Register Now

One major expense of food hubs (and many other Good Food businesses, including farms) is vehicles. How do you decide whether to lease or own? There are many expenses including repair, resale value, potential lost business due to malfunction, typical delivery miles, frequency of delivery, garage fees, etc… How do you weigh all of the financials in a clear way? Farm Credit of the Virginias and Farm Credit Council have created a new tool that will give you a definitive financial answer to that question. We will illustrate how to use this tool with an engaging example so that you may apply it to your unique business situation.

… and then there is a third option: neither lease nor own, but using a third-party trucking company. Though it may seem counter intuitive, there are many cases where this option is the most reliable, and the most cost effective solution. Dennis Derryck of Corbin Hill Food Project, will relate their story of trying all three options, and found great efficiencies, including monetary, using a third-party logistics company.

This webinar will take you through theory and practice of making the right decision for your business.

Reserve your spot – click here

Free Upcoming Organics Management Webinars in September

Organic Amendments — How to Tell if Compost is Right for Your Needs?

Date: September 3, 2014

Time: 1:00-2:30 p.m. (EDT)



Register here for the webinar.

Community Composting
Lessons from New York City & Beyond

Date: September 16, 2014

Time: 1:30-3:00 p.m. (EDT)

Description: Community composting presents a scalable food diversion option that is applicable in virtually any community, whether urban, suburban, or rural. Community compost programs can be established at community (neighborhood, urban, or tribal) gardens, farms, schools, or other locations. They can be operated by not-for-profit organizations, governments, private sector, schools, housing associations, cooperatives, or through other arrangements.

Presenters and Topics:

This webinar is sponsored by the Northeast Recycling Council, Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA), and, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

Register here for the webinar.

2014-2015 New England Small Fruit Management Guide

Now Available

Copies of the 2014-2015 New England Vegetable Management Guide, along with the 2014 Northeast Vegetable & Strawberry Pest Identification Guide, are now available and sold as one unit for $25.00 plus $3.65 postage. To order the guides, please send your check made payable to “UMaine Cooperative Extension”  to Pam St. Peter, Highmoor Farm, P.O. Box 179, Monmouth, Maine 04259.

The guide has been extensively revised and updated. We recommend all earlier editions of the guide be discarded, in favor of this latest edition.

For more information, contact Pam St. Peter or call 207.933.2100.

Poultry Webinars Upcoming and Archived from eXtension

View free webinars on small and backyard flocks from eXtension!


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Contact Information

Beginning Farmer Resource Network of Maine
Phone: 207-353-5550 or 800-287-1458 (in Maine)E-mail:
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
A Member of the University of Maine System