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Conferences and Events

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New and Recent Events

PAST 2018 Events

Establishing your Hop Yard – Friday, September 28, 2018, Champlain Valley Hops, Starksboro, VT

Grass Fed Dairy ProductionFriday, September 21, 2018, The Larson Farm, Wells, VT

2018 Summer Farm MeetingThursday, August 9, 2018, Bridgeman View Dairy, Franklin, VT

Summer Organic Dairy Series collaborated events by NOFA-VT, Organic Valley and UVM Extension NWCS.  Three events included:
Improving Milk Quality and Pasture Systems, Tue, 7/24, JASA Family Farm, 760 Alderbrook Rd, Newport, VT
Robot Grazing Systems & Forage Harvesting, Wed, 7/25, Lambert Farm, 437 Lambert Road, Graniteville, VT
Pasture Management and Youngstock, Mon, 8/6, Ottercrest Dairy, 80 Gibeault Rd, Whiting, VT

2018 Annual Crops & Soils Field Day – Thursday, July 26, 2018, Borderview Farm, Alburgh, VT


2018 14th Annual Grain Growers Conference -was held on Thursday, March 22, 2018 at The Essex Resort & Spa.  More details to follow.

Following are the links to the PDF files we had from the Grain Growers conference presentations.

Keynote presentation on Hot Bread Kitchen (PDF) from Jessamyn Waldman Rodriguez

Value Added Product Development (PDF) with Sue Gray of King Arthur Flour

Five Marketing Must-Haves for Grain Growers (PDF) with Carey Underwood of King Arthur Flour

Liberty View Farm (PDF) with Larry Moore, New York dairy farmer

Beidler Family Farm (PDF) with Brent Beidler, Vermont dairy farmer

BBGA Rye Handout (PDF) from James MacGuire, Chef and Baker from Montreal

Growing and Processing Hemp (PDF) with Marc Bercier and Hannah Windatt from Eastern Ontario

Using Small Grains in Animal Rations (PDF) with Rick Kersbergen from University of Maine

UVM 2017 Small Grain Research (PDF) (incl. Hemp) with Heather Darby, Erica Cummings and Hillary Emick

Fertilizing with Green Manures (PDF) with Thomas Dewavrin from Les Cedres, Quebec

Milkweed – More than Just a Weed! (PDF) with Roger Rainville of Borderview Farm

Growing Dry Beans (PDF) with Seth Johnson of Morningstar Farm

Tortilla de Tiesto handout (PDF) from Hot Bread Kitchen’s Peiwen Lee’s baking session


2018 Nutrient Management for Vegetable Farmers – is an informative, fun, and free workshop for all vegetable growers to insure you are compliant with Vermont’s Required Agricultural Practices (RAPs).  Offered in 5 locations on 5 separate dates in February and March 2018.  View flyer for details and registration information.


2018 8th Annual Organic Dairy Producers Conference – scheduled for Thursday, March 15, 2018 at Vermont Technical College.

Following are the links to the PDF files of the Organic Dairy Producers conference presentations.

Financial Basics (PDF) with Andy Wood from VEDA

UVM Research Update (PDF) with Heather Darby of UVM

Harvest Timing and Swath Management (PDF) with Caleb Goossen of UVM

SARE Grassfed Dairy Research Project (PDF) with consultant Sarah Flack

Basics to Milk Quality (PDF) with Amber Brown from Organic Valley

Bedded Pack Basics (PDF) with Brian Jerose of Agrilab Technologies

Bedded Pack Research handout (PDF) with John Barlow and Tucker Andrews from UVM


2018 Winter Farmers Meeting – was scheduled for Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at Champlain Valley Equipment in St. Albans.


2018 9th Annual Hop Conference (click to view conference flyer) – was on Friday, February 16, 2018.

Following are the links to the PDF files of the conference presentations.

Morning Session

Pam Miller, Hops Harvest Center, A Hop Niche Market (PDF)

Julian Post, Mt. Philo Hops, Know Your Strengths: Why is Small and Local an Advantage? (PDF)

Roy Desrochers, Tufts University, Sensory Technology – Taste and Aroma Presentation (PDF)

Advanced Session

Rob Sirrine, Michigan State University, Hop Production in Michigan (PDF)

Lily Calderwood, Cornell University, Hop Harvest Timing (PDF)

Joe Catron, Select Botanicals Group, From Propagation to Pint – Creating and Sustaining Value in a Dynamic Supply Chain (PDF)

Steve Miller, NeHA, Are Feral Hops in Your Future (PDF) and a Feral Hops Handout (PDF)

Heather Darby, UVM NWCS, Hop Research Updates (PDF)

Beginner Session

Stephan Schmidt, Schmidt Hop Farm, Hop Yard Trellis Design (PDF)

Steve Miller, NeHA, Basic Hop Production (PDF) and a Fertilizing Commercial Hop Fields handout (PDF)

Trevor Hardy, Brookdale Farm, Hops Irrigation (PDF) and Irrigation and Fertigation handout (PDF)

Scott Lewins, UVM NWCS, Integrated Pest Management Strategies (PDF)

Julian Post, Mt. Philo Hops, Harvesting and Drying (PDF)


2018 No-Till Cover Crop Symposium – was scheduled for Thursday, March 1, 2018 at The Sheraton Hotel & Conference Center.  View for more details.


2018 Nutrient Management Planning (NMP) classes were scheduled for January through March 2018, starting up the first week in January.  If you are interested in the 2019 NMP classes, contact Susan Brouillette for information, 802.524.6501 or  It’s never too early to start preparing for the class.


Past 2017 Events

Monday, July 31, West Danville, VT. Organic Dairy Transition – Developing a Grazing System.

Wednesday, August 30, Randolph Ctr, VT. Pasture Management – Recovery After a Drought

Tuesday, September 12, Vernon, VT. Organic Dairy Forage Management – Corn Silage and Weed Control

PAST 2016 Events
A Fall Look at Cover Crops (click to view flyer).
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.

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 EventsWebinar 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, VTBen & 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.


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


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