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New and Recent Events

2016 Events

Organic Grain Workshops
The University of Vermont Extension Northwest Crops and Soils Program (NWCS), Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFA-VT), King Arthur Flour (KAF), and Northern Grain Growers Association (NGGA) are collaborating to bring you some Organic Grain Workshops this summer. Click on the field day title to view the detailed information, including how to register.

  • Tuesday, June 21, 2016 – Getting Started with Grains at Rogers Farmstead in Berlin, VT, 1pm to 3pm.
    The Rogers will discuss starting a farm business, sourcing equipment, and small grain productions and processing.
  • Tuesday, June 28, 2016 – 2016 Grain Research Tour at Borderview Research Farm, Alburgh, VT, 1pm to 4pm.
    Tour over 1,000 plots of wheat, barley, oats, heirlooms, and dry beans. See trials on evaluating biocontrol of head blight, organic weed control strategies, green manure underseeding, and winter barley planting date and fertility studies. Check out our new band seeder too!
  • Wednesday, July 13, 2016 – Organic Wheat Production and Processing in Quebec, Canada, 1pm to 3pm.
    Les Moulin des Cedres is a certified organic farm that grows grain, soy, and oil seed for market and Red Hen Bakery in Vermont. Receive a tour and hear a presentation on the methods and equipment required to produce a good quality wheat crop and explanation on how to transform the crop into nice, unique flour.
  • We will be planning our summer and fall events and will list them as they are scheduled. See below for our current listing and please check back often for updates including links for registration when it is opened.

    Thursday, July 14, 2016 – Grains/Dry Beans at Morningstar Meadows Farm in Glover, VT.
    Thursday, July 28, 2016 – Annual Crops & Soils Field Day, Borderview Farm in Alburgh, VT.
    Thursday, August 18, 2016 – Hops and Grains at Four Star Farms in Northfield, MA.

    We are also planning our Summer Organic Dairy Series with NOFA-VT. These are our tentative dates.
    Tuesday, August 16, 2016 – Franklin’s Farm with Dr. Guy in Guildhall, VT.
    Wednesday, August 17, 2016 – Bittersweet Farm with Dr. Guy in East Fairfield, VT.
    Looking at one or two additional on-farm workshops in September 2016.

    PAST 2016 Events

    Webinar SeriesCoffee Break for Cover Crops. This successful webinar series can be viewed on YouTube. Visit our Cover Crops webpage for the link to each session.

    Soil Aeration Field Day – In collaboration with Heather Darby and Jeff Sanders of the University of Vermont Northwest Crops & Soils Program, the Orleans County Natural Resource Conservation District (OCNRCD) is hosted a Soil Aeration Field Day in Westfield, VT on May 3, 2016.

    If you have general questions about soil aeration and using an aerator, feel free to contact our UVM Extension Office at 802-524-6501. Ask for Jeff Sanders, Heather Darby or Susan Brouillette.

    - Nutrient Management Planning classes in January and February – had over 60 farm attend and complete NMPs.
    - No-Till & Cover Crop Conference (click to go to the registration site) – Wednesday, February 17, 2016, Sheraton Hotel, Burlington, VT
    - Annual Hop Conference – Friday, February 19, 2016 at Hampton Inn Vermont Event Center, Colchester, VT. View the detailed agenda here.
    - Crop, Soil & Dairy Meeting – St. Albans. CANCELED this year.
    - VT Organic Dairy Producers Conference (with NOFA-VT) – Thursday, March 10, 2016, Vermont Technical College, Randolph, VT.
    - Annual Grain Growers Conference – Thursday, March 17, 2016, The Essex Resort, Essex, VT.

    PAST 2015 Events

    We held several Cover Crop Field Days in the Fall.
    October 27, 1pm to 3:30pm, Borderview Research Farm, Alburgh, VT
    October 28, 10am to 3pm, Middlebury American Legion and Foster Brothers Farm
    Nov. 4, 1pm to 3pm, Senesac Farm (Cottonwood Stables), Thibault Farm and Fitzgerald Farm in Colchester, VT

    Ben & Jerry’s Caring Dairy also hosted a dinner and soil health talk and discussion with Ray Archuleta on October 27th, 6pm to 8:30pm at The Abbey Restaurant & Pub in Sheldon.

    Together, NWCS and NOFA-VT collaborated on the following 2015 Summer Organic Dairy Series – Strategies for Success events.

    Hop Harvesting Field Day.
    When: Friday, September 11, 2015, 1pm to 3pm Where: Borderview Farm, 146 Line Road, Alburgh, VT 05440
    After touring the UVM hop yard and taking down many hop vines, there were demonstrations using the UVM hop harvester as well as the hop harvester from UVM staff also demonstrated using the UVM built hop baler and hop oast. Information on drying hops was also shared.

    2015 Growing Dry Beans in Vermont.
    When: Thursday, September 10, 2015 Where: Morningstar Meadows Farm, 170 Dwinell Drive, Glover, VT
    Following are some of the field day handouts specific to dry beans:
    Map of Dry Bean Planting Date Trial
    Map of Heirloom Dry Bean Variety Trial
    Seed Sources for Heirloom Dry Beans
    Growing Dry Beans: A Vermont Tradition

    A 2015 Summer Soil Health Field Day was held on August 21, 2015 at the Gervais Family Farm No. 2 in Enosburg Falls. This was a Free event with lunch sponsored by Champlain Valley Equipment and collaborated by UVM Extension Northwest Crops and Soils Program (NWCS), Friends of Northern Lake Champlain (FNLC), and USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to learn more about soil health, cover cropping, no-till, and manure management.

    2015 Annual Northwest Crops and Soils Field Day, July 23, 2015, Borderview Research Farm, Alburgh, VT.
    View the 2015 Field Day Booklet (pdf).

    11th Annual Grain Growers Conference, March 18, 2015, The Essex Resort, Essex, VT.

    Vermont Organic Dairy Producers Conference, March 11, 2015, Vermont Technical College, Randolph Center, VT.

    Winter Meeting at Champlain Valley Equipment, March 4, 2015, St. Albans, VT. Hosted by NWCS and Friends of Northern Lake Champlain (FNLC).

    6th Annual Hops Conference, February 20, 2015, Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center, Burlington, VT.

    • Proceedings from the 6th Annual Vermont Hop Conference are now available online. The online proceedings include video recordings and PDFs of all conference presentations. They can be accessed for a one-time fee of $35 at eXtension’s Online campus at: If you have not yet been to this site, you will need to create an account. To do so, on the left bar under “Login,” click on “Create new account.” You will need to complete some basic information and confirm your account via email.  Once you have created an account, you may enroll in the proceedings by going to You will enter your payment into eXtension’s PayPal system.

    2015 No-Till and Cover Crop Symposium, February 19, 2015, Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center, Burlington, VT.

    Northwest Crop, Soil and Dairy Meeting: Tile Drainage, January 20, 2015, American Legion, St. Albans, VT.

    To see our past events, please click here to view Archived Conferences and Events.


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