• Vermont Tech offers courses for farmers
     | February 03,2014

    RANDOLPH CENTER — Vermont Technical College in Randolph Center is offering a series of short courses in the coming months for Vermont farmers and agricultural workers.

    The courses are cold climate fruit and berry management, sustainable vegetable production, and organic farm business.

    They are offered through the college’s Institute for Applied Agriculture and Food Systems.

    “With the Institute for Applied Agriculture and Food Systems, we are able to provide specific, proactive courses taught by industry experts that allow students to quickly and effectively develop important skills,” Chris Dutton, the institute’s director, said in a press release announcing the courses. “We’re excited to offer these new opportunities for students of all ages and backgrounds that are interested in learning more about maintaining a sustainable food system.”

    The college says the institute is dedicated to teaching courses that sustainably support the environment and food systems. It’s supported by a $3.4 million grant from the Department of Labor.

    The fruit and berry management class takes place Feb. 18-20.

    On March 5, during the one-day organic farmers business courses, noted organic farmer Richard Wiswall will share advice on how to make vegetable production more efficient, better manage employees and finances, and turn a profit. During the course students will find the farm’s profit centers, learn about efficient farm planning and analysis, efficient farm office management, key financial statements, employee management and financial tips for success.

    Also, the sustainable vegetable production course takes place over a week starting March 31.

    To register for the courses, call (800) 442-8821 ext. 1677. To learn more about Vermont Tech, go to www.vtc.edu.

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