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New and Recent Events

2016 Events

A Fall Look at Cover Crops (click to view flyer). Join us for one (or all four) of our Cover Crop Field Days:
Tuesday, October 25: Farr Farms, Richmond. Hosted by UVM Extension, Chuck Farr and Ashley Farr and families.
Wednesday, October 26: Foote Brook Farm, Johnson. Hosted by UVM Extension Veg & Berry Program and Tony Lehouillier and family.
Thursday, October 27: A Tour of Farms in St. Albans Bay. Hosted by UVM Extension and area St. Albans Bay farmers.
Friday, October 28: Borderview Research Farm, Alburgh. Hosted by UVM Extension and Roger & Claire Rainville.

The registration site provides more information about each field day, including driving directions via email once you complete the registration. These events are free, but we ask that you please pre-register at:

PAST 2016 Events
Tuesday, October 11, 2016 – Grains & Dry Beans in Vermont at Morningstar Meadows Farm in Glover, VT. The Johnson’s and UVM Extension shared information about heirloom variety assessment, understanding disease and insect issues, and developing planting date and seeding rate recommendations, as well as dry bean seed saving, proper harvesting, cleaning, and storage techniques.

  • 2016 Summer Organic Dairy Series – Together, NOFA-VT and UVM Extension offered four on-farm workshops on organic dairy farms. View our Organic Dairy Series brochure for details. Dates and topics include:
    - 8/4/16, Integrating Irrigation into your Grazing System, Elysian Fields, Shoreham, VT
    - 8/16/16, Calf Care, Herd Health, and Farm Management with Dr. Guy Jodarski, Franklin Farm, Guilford, VT
    - 8/17/16, Calf Care, Herd Health, and Farm Management with Dr. Guy Jodarski, Bitter Sweet Valley Farm, East Fairfield, VT
    - 9/8/16, Organic Dairy – Infrastructure and Pasture Management, Deberville Dairy, Washington, VT
  • Thursday, September 1, 2016 – Successfully Starting a Hop Yard at Homestead Hops in Starksboro, VT. Kathleen and Kelly Norris shared information about the investments, challenges, and experiences in starting a hop yard. Highlights include an irrigation pond, fertilizing and equipment (including air blast sprayer and newly built hop oast).

    Thursday, August 18, 2016 – Hopping and Milling About at Four Star Farms in Northfield, MA. We had a great day talking about hops and touring yards. We had a demo of Four Star Farms hop harvester as well as UVM’s Hopster 5P harvester. After lunch, we talked about grains processing from field to flour.

    Thursday, August 25, 2016 – Conservation Farm Practices in the Bay at Bess View Farm in St. Albans Bay. Join NWCS, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the Bessette’s at their Brady Farm site located at 70 Lord Road, Swanton to learn how farmers are applying conservation practices to improve water quality in the St. Albans Bay.

  • Wednesday, August 10, 2016 – Summer Farm Meeting at Machia & Sons Dairy, Sheldon, VT. NWCS and Friends of Northern Lake Champlain (FNLC) met at Machia & Sons Dairy to see and learn more about conservation tillage practices, centrifuge P removal system, FNLC tile P removal system project, and manure management. Thank you Champlain Valley Equipment for sponsoring the wonderful lunch!
  • Thursday, July 28, 2016 – Annual Crops & Soils Field Day at Borderview Farm in Alburgh, VT, 10am to 3:30pm. The theme this year was “Eat It, Drink It, Feed It, Fuel It: Conducting Food System Research Crop by Crop” and a Tasting Tent with several Vermont businesses was featured. View the Field Day Flyer for event details.
  • 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.
    Great event and weather for a field day! The Rogers discussed 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.
    Toured over 1,000 plots of wheat, barley, oats, heirlooms, and dry beans. Saw trials on evaluating biocontrol of head blight, organic weed control strategies, green manure underseeding, and winter barley planting date and fertility studies. Also saw the new band seeder equipment.
  • Wednesday, July 13, 2016 – Organic Wheat Production and Processing in Quebec, Canada, 1pm to 3pm.
    Le Moulin des Cedres is a certified organic farm that grows grain, soy, and oil seed for market and Red Hen Bakery in Vermont. We toured the facility and some fields and Loic shared information on the methods and equipment required to produce a good quality wheat crop, as well as how to transform the crop into nice, unique flour.
  • Other 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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