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Farmers get inspired at 30th NOFA conference

first_imgThe Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFA-VT) Winter Conference has long been a key educational and inspirational gathering for Vermont’s farmers. The 30th annual conference, taking place February 10-12, 2012 at the University of Vermont in Burlington will be no exception ‘ with extra emphasis on the inspiration.After a particularly challenging year, Vermont’s growers are looking forward to the opportunity to exchange ideas, learn new techniques, and create connections. The NOFA-VT Winter Conference brings together farmers, educators, researchers, and more to build knowledge and tackle hard questions ‘ like how to create a vibrant and resilient food system in the face of climate change and a struggling economy.On Saturday, keynote speaker and local extension expert Vern Grubinger will share his vision of the future of Vermont’s food system. ‘The resilience of Vermont’s food system is challenged by many factors, including climate change and weather extremes, reliance on fossil fuel, loss of good farmland, and consolidation of food processing, distribution and retailing,’ says Grubinger. ‘Strategies for addressing these challenges are emerging as part of an ongoing transformation in how people think about food. This presentation will highlight some of these strategies and the farms involved with them, celebrating the progress being made and suggesting new actions for the future.’Over 30 of the weekend’s workshops are intended for commercial farmers and will cover topics such as Produce Safety, Farm Finance, Flood Recovery, Alternative Energy, Pasture Management and much more. In addition, day-long seminars on Friday will address Advanced Orchard Health for Sustainable Fruit Production, Nose-to-Tail Butchery, Organic Beekeeping, Renewable Energy Options, and Weed Management in a Wetter, Warmer Climate.About NOFA Vermont: NOFA Vermont is member-based organization working to grow local farms, healthy food, and strong communities in Vermont. Our members are farmers, gardeners, educators and food lovers of all sorts ‘ anyone who wants to help us create a future full of local food and local farms. Our programs include farmer and gardener technical assistance, farm to school support, organic certification, advocacy, an online apprentice and farm worker directory, an annual Winter Conference, and programs that work to ensure access to fresh, local food to all Vermonters, regardless of income.last_img read more

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Palatial Gold Coast mansion is fit for royalty

first_imgThe foyer is breathtaking. There are plenty of spots to kick back and relax in this mansion. Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be served in the Florida room. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa16 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoWinter nights by the fire? Yes please!Owners Lance and Wendy Cotterill bought the 1524sq m property on Observation Cres almost four years ago after falling in love with its grand design and elegant style.“Everything about it ticked all the boxes,” Mr Cotterill said.“And we love the lifestyle there, it’s like another world at Sanctuary Cove.”But an almost $1 million renovation has transformed it into the palatial three-storey home with four bedrooms and six bathrooms that stands today.“It’s like a palace,” Mr Cotterill said.“It took three years to do it up.” It’s a dream home.center_img The picture perfect mansion at 5694 Observation Cres, Sanctuary Cove.IMAGINE living like royalty in a private palace without having to leave the Coast.It’s a dream that will cost at least $3.25 million to make a reality.This palatial Sanctuary Cove mansion with all the bells and whistles expected of a prestige property has hit the market. The lounge room’s built-in wetbar means you can top up your glass of wine without missing a second of your favourite TV show. Watch the boats go by over the homes on the riverfront side of the street.A circular driveway surrounded by manicured hedges, chandelier in the foyer and Italian porcelain tiles make it feel like a home fit for royalty.“The lounge is my favourite, it’s like a ballroom,” Mr Cotterill said.It has 10-foot ceilings, a brick fireplace with marble stone mantle, a built-in wetbar and surround sound.“It looks out through the Florida room over the pool to the water,” he said.It also has a spa, pool house with sauna and vegetable garden.The Cotterills were reluctant to sell it but said family reasons were forcing them to move.Mr Cotterill is an agent with North Estate Agents — Tweed Heads and is marketing the property with Nadine Denny.last_img read more

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Man gets pulled over for using fake skeleton to drive in HOV lane

first_imgAn Arizona man was pulled over after a trooper spotted a fake skeleton in the passenger’s front seat.The 62-year-old driver was cited for using the fake skeleton as a disguise for a passenger to use the HOV lane.Department spokesman Raul Garcia said troopers cite about 7,000 HOV lane violators every year.last_img