Create chatbotsBURLINGTON — Grade 5-12 students can create their own custom chatbot through a free online course offered from 7 to 8 p.m. on consecutive Thursdays from Feb. 3 through March 10, 2022. The Zoom link will be provided on the morning of the first session. All classes will be live captioned.

University of Vermont (UVM) Extension 4-H and Ohio 4-H have teamed up to offer this 4-H World Changers–Learn to Code course, designed to introduce middle and high school students to coding. Enrollment in 4-H is not required. Visit online to register by Feb. 1.

Poetry contestPOULTNEY — The Sarah Mook Poetry Contest for Students is getting underway. Cash awards are $100 First Prize, $50 Second Prize, $25 Third Prize in each of four categories: K-Grade 2, Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8 and Grades 9-12. Mail entries by March 31, 2002, to: Sarah Mook Poetry Prize, 896 Ferncliff Road, Poultney, VT 05764. Winners will be announced in late May.

An optional $5 donation payable to Sarah Mook Outreach Fund, will be given to the Children’s Literacy Foundation (CLiF).

visit for more information.


Ice fishingThe Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department has scheduled a series of free ice fishing clinics for anyone who would like to learn about the latest proven ice fishing techniques. Each clinic will last two-and-a-half to three hours, and exact location details will be given when people register for the event. Topics covered include ice safety, hole drilling, equipment and techniques, regulations, and different techniques for different fish. Pre-registration is required at For more information, email or call (802) 505-5562.

2022 VTF&W Ice Fi

shing Clinics:

Danville — 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 7, Introduction to Smelt Fishing at Joes Pond Fishing Access.

Bennington — 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 8, Introduction to Ice Fishing at Lake Paran Fishing Access.

Poultney — 2:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 21, Trout Clinic at Lake St. Catherine State Park Boat Launch.

Orwell — 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 22, Introduction to Ice Fishing at Singing Cedars Fishing Access.

Brattleboro — 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 26, Introduction to Ice Fishing at Retreat Meadows Fishing Access.

Farm laborFinding and retaining good labor is one of the biggest challenges that beginning farmers face. To help these farmers successfully recruit and manage employees, the University of Vermont (UVM) Extension New Farmer Project, in collaboration with University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension and the University of Wisconsin Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems, will host an online workshop series held from 1 to 2 p.m. beginning Jan. 11, 2022. The Feb. 1 session will run from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

The fee for each two-part workshop in the 2022 Farm Labor Dashboard Workshop Series is $35. Visit for more information, workshop schedule and to register.

Grazing conferenceThe 26th annual Vermont Grazing and Livestock Conference will be from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Jan. 20-22 virtually. “Grazing as the Roots of a Thriving Community and Healthy World” topics are specific to raising pasture-based livestock in the Northeast and social sustainability. It is co-hosted by the Vermont Grass Farmers Association (VGFA) and the University of Vermont (UVM) Extension Center for Sustainable Agriculture. Registration is $20 for VGFA members (up to six tickets per farm) and on a sliding scale up to $40 for non-members. Visit to register or view the agenda.

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