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About Rutland
The Town of Rutland Massachusetts was founded in 1713 and is located in Worcester County which is the geographic center of the Commonwealth.

Rutland contains about 7000 year round residents.

Today Rutland is a residential hill town.

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American Red Cross Blood Drive
When: Nov 8, 2014 9 AM in Rutland, Massachusetts (Sat, 08 Nov 2014 09 )
Rutland Recreation Spooky Fun Run

When: Oct 26, 2014 12 AM to Oct 26, 2014 12 AMin Rutland, Massachusetts (Sun, 26 Oct 2014 00 )
Succeeding with Grass-Fed Beef: Human Health, Carbon Sequestration, and Farm Viability
Would you like to build the health of your soil; produce great meat; improve your family's health; and combat climate change? You can do all of thisand make a profitby raising 100% grass-fed beef. Join us for a one-day conference with Ridge Shinn, an expert in grass-fed-and-finished beef production, who will share with us the critical lessons he has learned: How to produce beef with minimal capital investment (no land, no barn, no tractor.) How to build a beef or dairy herd that will thrive on grass and hayno grain ever. How to build soil health and fertility. How to manage grazing and extend it through the winter. How to market your meat. Why 100% grass-feeding is the way to go for human and animal health, soil health, climate stability, and sustainable rural economies. You can benefit from Ridge's years of experience in every aspect of beef production. As a young man he was a herdsman on a dairy farm and the founding director of the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy (now, The Livestock Conservancy). Later he became Vice President of a Connecticut slaughterhouse, and then founded a meat company (Hardwick Beefstill going strong). Subsequently he imported the 80-head Rotokawa cattle herd from New Zealand to bring this superior gene pool into the United States, and managed the herd for breeding stock. He has consulted all over the world and his work has been featured in Time Magazine. Currently he is developing an operations model for large-scale production of 100% grass-fed-and-finished beef in the Northeast. Food Lunch will be served from 12:30 to 1:30pm and is prepared from scratch by the Heifer Farm using organic ingredients produced on site. The cost of lunch is included with the registration cost. Refund Policy Refunds are given up until 10 days prior to the event minus a 15% processing fee. No refunds are provided within 10 days of event. Walk-in and online registration subject to additional fees.

When: Nov 3, 2014 9 AM to Nov 3, 2014 5 PMin Rutland, Massachusetts
Cost: 65 - 94 USD (Mon, 03 Nov 2014 09 )
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When: Sep 20, 2014 7 PM to Sep 20, 2014 10 PMin Rutland, Massachusetts (Sat, 20 Sep 2014 19 )
Visit Heifer Farm: Discover Heifer Program (all ages)

This year, the Outside the Box Homeschool group will be working on badges. Our December badge will be Holiday Hacker. One of our challenges will be to give to the less fortunate. In an effort to complete this challenge, we will be to collect recyclables that return a deposit, such as soda bottles and glass bottles, and pool the money to purchase an animal from To help get everyone excited, I am organizing a trip to the Heifer farm in Rutland, MA. You are invited to join us at the farm, and help us with our recyclables drive too!

Even if you're not participating in earning badges, you can drop off deposit-earning recyclables to the Old Town Hall on Tuesdays between 11 am and 2 pm. Email me at to make sure we're not on a field trip that day, or to arrange another drop-off time / location.

Minimum 15 participants

Details of the field trip are below:

During the tour, participants will be introduced to Heifers mission of working with communities to end hunger and poverty while caring for the earth. You will view a video that introduces Heifers work around the world and take a guided walking tour through Heifer Farms gardens, barnyard and Global Village. Along the way you will seeexamples of sustainable agriculture practices used on the farm and by our partners around the world to help meet our mission.

Introduction-- You will be introduced to Heifers mission to work with communities to end hunger and poverty and care for the Earth, and youll learn how Heifer Farms mission to educate is a vital part of that plan. Learn about the 7 Ms that animals can provide to humans (milk, meat, money, manure, motivation, muscle, & materials) via an interactive activity.

Video You will watch a video that will share the story of Heifer by introducing viewers to Heifer project families from around the world.

Tour Your tour will include a visit to the barn and all of the animals. We have over 10 species of livestock traditional North American livestock, several heritage breeds, yaks, llamas, and alpacas. These are all examples of animals that Heifer has worked with in the field. Next, explore the Global Village which has international sites representing different areas of the world where Heifer is working. You may spend time in a cinder block house with a tin roof representing the Huehuetenango region of western Guatemala or a mud brick house in the Andes Mountains of Peru. Other Global Village sites include the Tibetan Autonomous Region of China, Kenya, Ghana, Poland, Colonias and the U.S.A. Please note during the tour, depending on time constraints and the interest of the group, not every site may be visited. Heifer also helps support vegetable growers and depending on the season, your tour will include a visit to our organic vegetable gardens to learn the benefits of organic growing and how our produce is grown here on the farm.

Closing and Take Action Discussion Evaluate what you have learned via a discussion facilitated by Heifer Farm Staff. Explore the ways in which you can apply this knowledge to help create a world without hunger and poverty.

If your family wants to return with us in December to present our final gift, the Living Gift Market will be open in December:

DECEMBER 6, 7, 13, & 14 11 A.M. - 4 P.M.
What do you buy the person who has everything? How about a goat, a llama or a water buffalo? At Heifer Internationals Living Gift Market, learn how sponsoring animals like these can provide food and income for hungry families. You get a handsome card to give and a hungry family gets hope. Take pictures with the animals and purchase gifts from around the world in our fair-trade Shop@Heifer. Enjoy hot cocoa and cider, make gingerbread animal cookies and warm yourself by a bonfire.Admission: Canned goods which will be donated to a local food bank.

When: Sep 25, 2014 1 PM to Sep 25, 2014 4 PMin Rutland, Massachusetts (Thu, 25 Sep 2014 13 )

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