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February 7, 2015: New Hampshire Dairy Goat Seminar: Goat Nutrition
Time: 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Location: Radisson Hotel, Webster Rm, 700 Elm St., Manchester, NH 03101
Cost: $5.00/family at the door; free to anyone of 4-H age
   This year's Dairy Goat Seminar at the NH Farm and Forest Expo is focused on goat nutrition for meat or milk production, with Peter Erickson speaking on balancing rations and a panel discussion on practical feeding applications. Targeted to both the small producer and large operations, the session will cover the basics of goat digestion, nutrient requirements, and food composition, among other topics. Sponsored by the University of New Hampshire's Cooperative Extension in cooperation with the New Hampshire Dairy Goat Association. Proceeds go toward the conference and 4-H dairy goat activities. For more information, contact peter.erickson@unh.edu. For complete details on the February 6-7, 2015, NH Farm and Forest Expo, see http://www.nhfarmandforestexpo.org/schedule/.

February 10, 2015: YCFN Winter Breakfast Meeting Off-the-Farm!
Time: 8 am
Location: Hen House Cafe, 446 Main St., Springvale, ME 04073
Cost: free to YCFN members, generously sponsored by Casella Organics
   YCFN members, enjoy this second "Off-the-Farm" breakfast gathering of the winter, sponsored by Casella Organics, thanks to Gene Barker.  Share ideas on what works for you as you gear up for spring planting and other seasonal tasks. For more information, call the UMaine Extension York County office at 207-324-2814.

February 25, 2015: YCFN Potluck Supper: Legislative Panel Update on Agriculture
Time: 5:30 - 8:00 pm
Location: Nasson Heritage Rm., Anderson Learning Ctr., 21 Bradeen St., Springvale, ME 04083
   All members welcome! Panel discussion on what's recently changed or is under consideration by the legislature that will impact agriculture in Maine. Panelists from the Maine Legislature and from UMaine Extension are slated to participate. For more information, contact Ellen McAdam, YCFN Steering Committee President, mcdorch@gwi.net; or Frank Wertheim or Becky Gowdy at University of Maine Cooperative Extension, York County office, 207-324-2814.​

February 25 & 26, 2015: Harvest New England Conference and Trade Show
Time: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Location: Sturbridge Host Hotel, Sturbridge, MA
   Harvest New England's annual Agricultural Marketing Conference and Trade Show features sessions on branding and marketing your product; working with your Ag Commissioners; farmers' markets and community connections; how to approach loans for agribusiness projects; and many others. FMI, see http://www.harvestnewengland.org/events/. 

March 10, 2015: YCFN Winter Breakfast Meeting
Time: 8 am
Location: Hen House Cafe, 446 Main St., Springvale, ME 04073
Cost: to be determined
   YCFN members, enjoy this third "Off-the-Farm" breakfast gathering of the winter! Share ideas on what works for you as you gear up for spring planting and other seasonal tasks. For more information, call the UMaine Extension York County office at 207-324-2814.​

March 10 & 11, 2015: Maine Vegetable and Fruit School, Portland or Bangor
Time: 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Location: Portland, March 10; Bangor, March 11
Cost: $40, registration deadline February 27
​   For complete agenda and registration information for this year's Vegetable and Fruit School, see the University of Maine Cooperative Extension's Highmoor Farm information page at http://umaine.edu/highmoor/blog/2015/01/07/maine-vegetable-and-fruit-school-2015/. Contact: Mark Hutchinson, 207.832.0343 or (in Maine) toll-free at 1.800.244.2104; or mhutch@maine.edu.

March 24, 2015: YCFN Annual Meeting & Potluck
                            Meet the Inspector: Maine Licensing for Farm and Food
Time: 5:30 - 8:00 pm
Location: Nasson Heritage Rm., Anderson Learning Ctr., 21 Bradeen St., Springvale, ME 04083
   Join the YCFN group for Annual Meeting, good eats, and a presentation by Ronda Stone, Consumer Protection Inspector with the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry.  She will help clarify licensing and requirements for food producers here in Maine, with lots of time for Q & A. Don't let any confusion, apprehension or frustration about food production rules and regs prevent your farming operation from meeting the growing demand for locally produced food products, expanding your business, and strengthening our local economy. For more information, contact Ellen McAdam, YCFN Steering Committee President, mcdorch@gwi.net; or Frank Wertheim or Becky Gowdy at University of Maine Cooperative Extension, York County office, 207-324-2814.​
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 Off-the-Farm Breakfast
Tuesday, February 10, 2015

8:00 am
Hen House Cafe, 446 Main St., Springvale, ME 04073​
See full details at listing below.

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