University of Vermont

Workshop Explores Grass-Fed Dairy Production

Wells--On Sept. 21 farmers will have the opportunity to hear from a Wells farm couple about their experiences with grass-fed dairy production.

Rich and Cynthia Larson will discuss their management strategies and reasons why they chose to become certified organic with a 100-percent grass-fed dairy herd. Heather Darby, University of Vermont (UVM) Extension agronomist, and Sarah Flack, a Fairfield grazing consultant, will join the Larsons to discuss pasture and soil fertility management.

Participants will tour the farm and creamery to observe on-farm processing of high-quality dairy products, including raw milk and pasteurized dairy products. The farm also sells grass-fed beef.

The workshop at the Larson Farm (69 South St.) is sponsored by the UVM Extension Northwest Crops and Soils Program and will run from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Registration (includes lunch) is $20 per person, payable by Sept. 17.

To register, go to www.regonline.com/grassfeddairyproduction. Or contact Susan Brouillette at (802) 524-6501, ext. 432, or (800) 639-2130 (Vermont calls only). To request a disability-related accommodation, please call by Sept. 7.