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November 20 and 30: Farm Finances Webinars with Farm Credit East
Time: 12:00 - 1:00 pm
Cost: Free, pre-register at
  Rob Horne of Farm Credit East, longtime supporter and member of the YCFN, announces 3 free webinar sessions titled "Harvesting a Profit" which will run from 12:00 to 1:00 pm on November 6, 20, and 30. The series covers basic financial concepts for starting and running a small to mid-sized farm. FMI and to register visit:
  Topics covered will include:
  • Financial statements
  • Cash vs. accrual accounting
  • Farm profitability
  • Business planning
  • Setting goals
  • Marketing
  • Looking at fixed costs
  • Financing your business

​December 15 - 17: New England Vegetable and Fruit Conference
Time: Tuesday & Wednesday, 8 am - 6 pm; Thursday, 8 am - 2 pm
Location: Radisson Hotel Downtown, Manchester, NH
Cost: $115 first farm member, $85 ea. additional; $50, students; register by Nov. 30
   The NEVF conference is sponsored by the Cooperative Extension systems in Maine and the rest of New England and New York, the New England Vegetable and Berry Growers Association, and the Massachusetts Fruit Growers' Association. Sessions include the latest research and information on insect and weed control, disease management, and marketing. Research in berries, melons, tomatoes and other areas will be presented. FMI and to register, see  Contact: Mark Hutton at UMaine Cooperative Extension's Highmoor Farm Experiment Station, 207-933-2100, or

Northeast Beginning Farmers Online course registration for 2016
Sponsored by: Cornell University's Northesast Beginning Farmers Project
Date and Time: See individual listings, most courses are 6 week sessions
Cost: most courses are $200
  Winter is a great time to build your knowledge, and Cornell University's online courses for beginning farmers include an array of topics from which to choose - among others:
  • Markets and Profits - Exploring the Feasibility of Your Farming Ideas, Jan 14 - Feb 28
  • Veggie Farming - From Planning to Planting, Jan. 13 - Feb. 17
  • Small-scale Organic Grain Production - Is it Right for Your Farm? Jan 19 - Feb 23
  • Intro to Maple Syrup Production, Jan 12 - Feb. 16
  • Effective Marketing - Sell Smarter, Not Harder, Jan 11 - Feb 21
  • Grazing Management - Improving Your Triple Bottom Line, Jan 14 - Feb 18
  • Veggie Farming - From Season-Long Care to Market, Feb 24 - Mar 23
  • Planning to Stay in Business - Writing Your Business Plan, Feb 4 - March 10
  • Season Extension with High Tunnels - Know Before You Grow, Mar 22 - Apr 19
  For more information on all the options, and links to course registration, see

SAVE the DATES for these events in 2016:

January 5, 2016: YCFN Dessert Potluck and Table Talk Sessions
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Location: Nasson Heritage room, 21 Bradeen St., Springvale, ME 04083
Cost: Free, beverages provided
  Start the New Year with new input from agricultural partners from around the state. More details coming soon. Bring your favorite dessert to share. For more information or directions, contact Frank Wertheim or Becky Gowdy at UMaine Cooperative Extension in Springvale, or 207-324-2814.

January 12 - 14: 75th Annual Maine Agricultural Trades Show
Times: Tuesday, 9 am - 5 pm; Wednesday, 9 am - 7 pm: Thursday, 9 am - 3 pm
Location: Augusta Civic Center, 76 Community Drive, Augusta, ME 04333
Sponsored by the Maine Dept. of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry
   Three days of exhibits, informational talks and meetings on all things agricultural. Free to wander and see what's new. For more information or to register as an exhibitor or set up a meeting space, see Contact show organizer, Samantha Howard, at 207-287-7620 or

January 19: YCFN Farmers Breakfast at the Hen House Cafe in Springvale (8 am)

February 9: YCFN Farmers Breakfast at the Hen House Cafe in Springvale (8 am)

March 1: YCFN Farmers Breakfast at the Hen House Cafe in Springvale (8 am)

March 22: YCFN Potluck with John C. Porter presentation on The History of Agriculture as Told by Barns (5:30 - 8:00 pm)

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this listing, but we recommend that you contact the individuals shown for each event to confirm dates, times, etc.

YCFN Dessert Potluck and 
Table Talk Information Session
January 5, 2016
6:00 - 8:30 pm
Nasson Heritage Room
 21 Bradeen St., Springvale, ME 04083
See below for details.
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