Upper Valley CRAFT

The Upper Valley CRAFT (Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training) is an educational and a social opportunity for farm staff considering a farming career, new farmers, and aspiring farmers.

Upper Valley farms collaborate to offer this educational opportunity for their farm apprentices, interns, and staff, and, in 2019, for new and aspiring farmers. Participants form a group of teachers and learners, meeting together through the summer season at each others’ farms to have a tour and an instructional talk given by the host farmer. Participants experience a diversity of successful farm models,  learn about a variety of agricultural topics, and get to know their peers and area farm owners. CRAFT strengthens capacity, community, and collaboration among the awesome farms of the Upper Valley.

We are in our 8th year of Upper Valley CRAFT in 2019. The group will meet monthly, June through September. Topics include crop planning, production techniques, and season extension. To join this summer’s CRAFT program, please contact Nancy at nancy[at]vitalcommunities.org or at 802-291-9100 x106.

Other participating CRAFT Programs in Vermont:

Participating Farms 2019

Root 5 Farm, Fairlee, VT

Sunrise Farm, White River Junction, VT

Sweetland Farm, Norwich, VT

Luna Bleu Farm, South Royalton, VT

Tour Topics 2019

Tarping and crop planning

The business of farming

Hay enterprise as part of a diversified farm

No till planting and soil carbon sequestration

CRAFT Tour Resource Guide

Find links for more information about the topics covered at previous CRAFT tours.

CRAFT in other places

Our CRAFT program is inspired by the original CRAFT in Western Massachusetts, which maintains a list of all national CRAFT programs.

Visit our Resources page for help finding jobs, trainings, advice, and more.

Upper Valley CRAFT is supported by

WLEB logo

What's Happening

Visit Our Food & Farm Blog

Sales and Marketing

Flavors of the Valley

Annual local foods expo.

Learn More  >

Valley Food & Farm Guide

Free searchable online guide for farms.

Learn More  >

Workplace Markets

Facilitating farm to worksite delivery.

Learn More  >

Farm to School Network

Farm to school connections.

Learn More

Join our
Farmer
Discussion

Learn More

The Upper Valley Farmer Community Discussion List is a forum to share items of interest to farmers in the Upper Valley. Valley Food & Farm will post information about upcoming events, agency of agriculture bulletins, market opportunities, and other items that will be useful to farmers in our region. We encourage subscribers to share knowledge, questions, items for sale, with the goal of facilitating communication within our farming community. You can subscribe here. Subscribers can post a message to this list by simply emailing a message to uvfarming@lists.vitalcommunities.org

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Vital Communities Program News

Staff

Becka Warren

Food & Farm Coordinator

Food & Farm

 802-291-9100 x112

Food & Farm

— Becka Warren, Food & Farm Coordinator

Part of Vital Communities' Food & Farm team since 2012, Becka fosters relationships that keep agriculture a daily part of community life in the Upper Valley. She works with current and future farmers, businesses, schools, and partners across Vermont and New Hampshire to build connections that support farm viability and keep our landscapes working. Becka lived in Seattle for many years, where she worked for the Washington State University Small Farms Program, Cascade Harvest Coalition, Seattle Tilth, and area vegetable farms. Becka is also a writer, founding and writing Ask Umbra at gristmagazine.com until 2009. She holds a BA from Brown University and lives in Hartland, Vermont, with her family.



Beth Roy

Food & Farm Manager

Valley Quest, Food & Farm

 802-291-9100 x105

Valley Quest, Food & Farm

— Beth Roy, Food & Farm Manager

Beth leads Vital Communities' Food & Farm team, including its Upper Valley Farm to School programming, and also oversees Valley Quest. Before joining Vital Communities, Beth Roy worked in the environmental and place-based education fields for 17 years in various positions around New England including at the Vermont Institute of Natural Science and as the Director of Education at the Nature Museum in Grafton, Vt. Beth is also on the boards of the Vermont Science Teacher Association (VSTA) and the Vermont State-Wide Environmental Education Programs (SWEEP), a coalition of dozens of individuals and organizations promoting sustainability and environmental education in Vermont. Beth is a New Hampshire native and lives in Hartland, Vt., with her husband and two children. When Beth is not working you will find her exploring the woods around her home with her family or cooking up a new taste test (made of local foods, of course!) for her children.



Nancy LaRowe

Food & Farm and Local First Coordinator

Local First, Food & Farm

 802-291-9100 x106

Local First, Food & Farm

— Nancy LaRowe, Food & Farm and Local First Coordinator

Nancy joined Vital Communities as the Food & Farm Coordinator in 2014. She works to support and grow our local food system and economy. Nancy has lived, worked, and farmed in the Upper Valley for more than 25 years and believes our community is healthier and stronger when our connections to food and the farms that produce it stay vital.

Nancy's informal job title is Farmer-in-Residence: she also runs a pasture-based cattle farm in Norwich. Nancy is on the Board of the Norwich Farmers' Market and a retired Norwich volunteer firefighter and EMT. She loves puttering in the garden, hiking with her dog, and visiting farmers' markets.



Participating Farms 2015

Sunrise Farm, White River Junction, VT
Winter Moon Farm, Corinth, VT
Crossroad Farm, Fairlee, VT
Hurricane Flats, South Royalton, VT
Root 5 Farm, Fairlee, VT
Sweetland Farm, Norwich, VT
Blue Ox Farm, Enfield, NH
Cedar Mountain Farm, Hartland, VT
Deep Meadow Farm, Weathersfield, VT
Luna Bleu Farm, South Royalton, VT
4 Corners Farm, Newbury, VT

Tour Topics 2015

Crop planning/variety selection
Software for farm success
Weed control/cultivation
Draft power
Small scale dairy
Farm finances
Marketing
Winter growing
Crop storage

CRAFT in other places

Our CRAFT program is inspired by the original CRAFT in Western Massachussetts, which maintains a list of all CRAFT programs. You can  find our sister VT CRAFT programs through Rutland Area Farm and Food Link.

Visit our Resources page for help finding jobs, trainings, advice, and more.

Upper Valley CRAFT is supported by

WLEB logo

What's Happening

Visit Our Food & Farm Blog

Sales and Marketing

Flavors of the Valley

Annual local foods expo.

Learn More  >

Valley Food & Farm Guide

Free searchable online guide for farms.

Learn More  >

Workplace Markets

Facilitating farm to worksite delivery.

Learn More  >

Farm to School Network

Farm to school connections.

Learn More

Join our
Farmer
Discussion

Learn More

The Upper Valley Farmer Community Discussion List is a forum to share items of interest to farmers in the Upper Valley. Valley Food & Farm will post information about upcoming events, agency of agriculture bulletins, market opportunities, and other items that will be useful to farmers in our region. We encourage subscribers to share knowledge, questions, items for sale, with the goal of facilitating communication within our farming community. You can subscribe here. Subscribers can post a message to this list by simply emailing a message to uvfarming@lists.vitalcommunities.org

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Calendar

December 2019

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
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Vital Communities Program News

Staff

Becka Warren

Food & Farm Coordinator

Food & Farm

 802-291-9100 x112

Food & Farm

— Becka Warren, Food & Farm Coordinator

Part of Vital Communities' Food & Farm team since 2012, Becka fosters relationships that keep agriculture a daily part of community life in the Upper Valley. She works with current and future farmers, businesses, schools, and partners across Vermont and New Hampshire to build connections that support farm viability and keep our landscapes working. Becka lived in Seattle for many years, where she worked for the Washington State University Small Farms Program, Cascade Harvest Coalition, Seattle Tilth, and area vegetable farms. Becka is also a writer, founding and writing Ask Umbra at gristmagazine.com until 2009. She holds a BA from Brown University and lives in Hartland, Vermont, with her family.



Beth Roy

Food & Farm Manager

Valley Quest, Food & Farm

 802-291-9100 x105

Valley Quest, Food & Farm

— Beth Roy, Food & Farm Manager

Beth leads Vital Communities' Food & Farm team, including its Upper Valley Farm to School programming, and also oversees Valley Quest. Before joining Vital Communities, Beth Roy worked in the environmental and place-based education fields for 17 years in various positions around New England including at the Vermont Institute of Natural Science and as the Director of Education at the Nature Museum in Grafton, Vt. Beth is also on the boards of the Vermont Science Teacher Association (VSTA) and the Vermont State-Wide Environmental Education Programs (SWEEP), a coalition of dozens of individuals and organizations promoting sustainability and environmental education in Vermont. Beth is a New Hampshire native and lives in Hartland, Vt., with her husband and two children. When Beth is not working you will find her exploring the woods around her home with her family or cooking up a new taste test (made of local foods, of course!) for her children.



Nancy LaRowe

Food & Farm and Local First Coordinator

Local First, Food & Farm

 802-291-9100 x106

Local First, Food & Farm

— Nancy LaRowe, Food & Farm and Local First Coordinator

Nancy joined Vital Communities as the Food & Farm Coordinator in 2014. She works to support and grow our local food system and economy. Nancy has lived, worked, and farmed in the Upper Valley for more than 25 years and believes our community is healthier and stronger when our connections to food and the farms that produce it stay vital.

Nancy's informal job title is Farmer-in-Residence: she also runs a pasture-based cattle farm in Norwich. Nancy is on the Board of the Norwich Farmers' Market and a retired Norwich volunteer firefighter and EMT. She loves puttering in the garden, hiking with her dog, and visiting farmers' markets.