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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Open Farm Week

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Description: Located on farms all over Vermont!

Details at nofavt.org/events/open-farm-week-2015

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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Open Farm Week

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Description: Located on farms all over Vermont!

Details at nofavt.org/events/open-farm-week-2015

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Field Day: Corn Rootworm Integrated Pest Mgmt . (NY)

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Description: Gaige Farm, 433 Knox Gallopville Rd., Berne, NY

COST: FREE but please RSVP to Tove Ford, 518-756-3518, tff24@cornell.edu.

The workshop will focus on:
* Identifying corn rootworms and look-a-likes
* How to know when you really have a problem
* How do I decide amongst the management options?
* Do I really have to plant a refuge?
* Rootworm resistance to Bt-corn hybrids

Taught by Aaron Gabriel, CCE and Ken Wise, NYS IPM Specialist. Two Pesticide Recertification Credits available & CCA credits requested.

CONTACT: Questions to Aaron Gabriel, 518-380-1496, adg12@cornell.edu.

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Thursday, August 6, 2015

Open Farm Week

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Description: Located on farms all over Vermont!

Details at nofavt.org/events/open-farm-week-2015

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Open Farm Week: Low-Tech, Hi-Tech, Clean Water, Great Beef

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Description: Health Hero Island Farm, 350 West Shore Rd., South Hero, VT

COST: Free (with grass-fed beef and vegetables available for sale)

The UVM Extension Center for Sustainable Ag. is joining up with Health Hero Farm to participate in Vermont Open Farm Week 2015. Visit their beautiful South Hero farm to learn from Farmer Eric how low tech and high tech come together on this organic beef and vegetable CSA farm. He'll talk about the remote soil moisture monitors that transmit information to his cell phone, and how that he uses that information to both produce delicious meat and protect the water quality of nearby Lake Champlain, with research with Center staff. The farmstand will have grass-fed beef for sale, and other offerings from local farms too. More information, including a full statewide list of participating farms, is available at www.diginvt.com/places/detail/health-hero-island-farm-with-the-uvm-extension-center-for-sustainable-agriculture.

CONTACT: Learn more about the farm at healthheroislandfarm.com/. Contact Cheryl Herrick at the Center at 802-656-5459 or cheryl.herrick@uvm.edu. If you require a disability-related accommodation to take part in this activity, please contact Cheryl at 802-656-5459 or cheryl.herrick@uvm.edu by July 16 so we may assist you.

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Fall Farm Boosting: Season Extension & Overwintering Practices

Time: 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Description: Tompkins Cortland Community College Farm 100 Cortland Rd., Dryden, NY

COST: $15/person or $25 two or more people/farm

Take a detailed tour of the newly-constructed season extension infrastructure (a heated greenhouse, two movable tunnels and one stationary tunnel) at the Tompkins Cortland Community College Farm. Experienced farmer and college farm manager Todd McLane will share his decision-making process for building each structure and how the farm plans to integrate each technology into the overall farm business model. Learn how to make decisions about season extension methods that work for your farm, and how those decisions might affect your farm’s finances. Just as important, learn to put winter’s dormant period to optimal use, as Todd explains the overwintering and soil-fertility strategies in place at the farm.

CONTACT: To pre-register and pay,visit www.cvent.com/events/fall-farm-boosting-integrating-season-extension-and-overwintering-practices-for-better-farm-performa/event-summary-a5fba3a4e1e94424a1221fac9938b708.aspx or call Stephanie at 585-271-1979 ext. 509. Pre-registration closes at 4pm on August 4th.

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Integrating Season Extension & Overwintering Practices

Time: 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Description: Tompkins Cortland Community College Farm 100 Cortland Rd., Dryden, NY 13053

COST: $15/person or $25 two or more people/farm.

Join NOFA-NY for a detailed tour of the newly-constructed season extension infrastructure (a heated greenhouse, two movable tunnels and one stationary tunnel) at the Tompkins Cortland Community College Farm. Experienced farmer and college farm manager Todd McLane will share his decision-making process for building each structure and how the farm plans to integrate each technology into the overall farm business model. Learn how to make decisions about season extension methods that work for your farm, and how those decisions might affect your farm’s finances. Just as important, learn to put winter’s dormant period to optimal use, as Todd explains the overwintering and soil-fertility strategies in place at the farm.

CONTACT: Pre-register and pay online at www.cvent.com/events/fall-farm-boosting-integrating-season-extension-and-overwintering-practices-for-better-farm-performa/event-summary-a5fba3a4e1e94424a1221fac9938b708.aspx, or call Stephanie at 585-271-1979 ext. 509. Pre-registration closes at 4pm on August 4th.

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Open Farm Week: Goat Appreciation Package

Time: 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Description: Green Mountain Girls Farm, 923 Loop Road, Northfield, VT, 05663

COST: Farm Tours 4pm – 6pm ($5/person); Lattes on the Hoof 5pm – 6pm ($5/person); Gelato Class 5:30pm – 6:30pm ($15/person)

As part of Open Farm Week in Vermont, the Green Mountain Girls Farm invites you to meet our goats, enjoy Lattes on the Hoof and learn how to make Gelato. As part of your goat appreciation package you will have milk foamed directly into your mug, and tour the farm, while sipping on a delicious latte. Then learn how to make & enjoy goat milk gelato. Entire package $20/person.

CONTACT: Laura Olsen & Mari Omland at info@eatstayfarm.com or 802-505-9840

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Friday, August 7, 2015

Open Farm Week

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Description: Located on farms all over Vermont!

Details at nofavt.org/events/open-farm-week-2015

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Saturday, August 8, 2015

Open Farm Week

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Description: Located on farms all over Vermont!

Details at nofavt.org/events/open-farm-week-2015

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Vermont’s First Annual Soil Fest

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Description: Taylor Park, St. Albans, VT

COST: Free

A free, fun, first-of-its kind event in northwestern Vermont that will provide attendees with new knowledge to use on their farms, in their gardens, and in their yards. In addition to a keynote by Bennington author of "Cows Save the Planet" Judith Schwartz, Soil Fest will also feature: food; music by pianist Melinda Lussier; give-a-ways; free face painting for kids; workshops; interactive demos and activities; and exhibits from farmers, gardening and growing groups, and farm-to-school organizations. The day will also see the launch of a Citizen Soil Science Initiative (CSSI), a virtual and real-world working group that will support applied research in communication about advanced soil management techniques that can help strengthen the balance of an environment facing great challenges.

CONTACT: More information at vermontorganics.com/cssi/soil-fest/

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Monday, August 10, 2015

Hops Cource

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Description: Vermont Technical College, 1 Main St., Randolph Center, VT

COST: $200

Two day introductory course in small scale hop farming in the Northeast. Day one will be in the classroom learning hop biology, diseases, and brewing characteristics. Day two will be at Addison Hop Farm in Addison, VT to explore a functioning hopyard during the harvest season.

CONTACT: More information and register at www.vtc.edu/meet-vtc/centers-institutes/ag-institute/short-courses, or contact Molly Willard at mwillard2@vtc.edu or 802-535-5315.

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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Hops Cource

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Description: Vermont Technical College, 1 Main St., Randolph Center, VT

COST: $200

Two day introductory course in small scale hop farming in the Northeast. Day one will be in the classroom learning hop biology, diseases, and brewing characteristics. Day two will be at Addison Hop Farm in Addison, VT to explore a functioning hopyard during the harvest season.

CONTACT: More information and register at www.vtc.edu/meet-vtc/centers-institutes/ag-institute/short-courses, or contact Molly Willard at mwillard2@vtc.edu or 802-535-5315.

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Fertility Improvements and Organic Transition

Time: 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Description: Holyoke Farm, 85 Holyoke Farm Dr., St. Albans, VT, 05478

COST: $20 (1includes lunch from NOFA-VT’s Pizza Oven)

Join us at Holyoke Farm, run by John & Heather Brigham in St Albans, where we will see the progress of management and infrastructure investments such as a fertility practices, pasture improvements, and an underground manure pipe. We will also hear the Brigham’s lessons learned from their farm’s transition to organic. There will also be an opportunity for interested farmers to have questions answered by regional milk buyers and VOF certification staff. This workshop was developed in collaboration with the UVM Extension Northwest Crops & Soils Program.

CONTACT: Sam Fuller at sam@nofavt.org or (802) 434-4122 ext. 14.

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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Farmer Olympics at Maple Wind Farm

Time: 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Description: Maple Wind Farm, 1647 Duxbury Rd., Bolton, VT, 05676

COST: RSVP and Dinner Donation Requested

Farmers and farm crews! Use those agricultural talents to go for the gold at this mid-season extravaganza competition. Individual farm teams will show off their finely-honed skills in events ranging from physical to cerebral to plain ridiculous. Unwind, celebrate the season, and kick back before that heavy fall workload begins. May the best farm win. Dinner and treats will be provided for all hard working farmers.

CONTACT: Rachel Fussell at rachel@nofavt.org or 802-434-4122 x 28.

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Friday, August 14, 2015

NOFA Mass Summer Conference

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Description: University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA

COST: Varies depending on registration options.

The main conference features 144 individual sessions with 27 different topic areas. Workshops address organic farming, gardening, land care, draft animals, homesteading, sustainability, nutrition, food politics, activism, and more. The theme for this year's Conference is "Healing the Climate, Healing Ourselves: Regeneration through Microbiology." This year, among the five pre-conference intensives will be an all-day seminar on Friday, August 14, given by Natasha Campbell-McBride, on the healing potential of food for overcoming chronic illness. She will also give the first keynote on Friday night. The second keynoter, Ronnie Cummins will speak Saturday night on "Reversing Global Warming & Rural Poverty through Regenerative Organics."

(If you attend, be sure to stop by to say hello to UVM Center for Sustainable Ag. staffers Suzy and Joshua who will be there as part of their work with the USDA Northeast Climate Hub.)

CONTACT: Register online at www.regonline.com/builder/site/?eventid=1684133, or contact christine@nofamass.org for more information.

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Saturday, August 15, 2015

NOFA Mass Summer Conference

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Description: University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA

COST: Varies depending on registration options.

(Please see event details with Aug. 14 event.)

CONTACT: Register online at www.regonline.com/builder/site/?eventid=1684133, or contact christine@nofamass.org for more information.

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Healthy Soil, Healthy Plants: Growing on Challenging Sites

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Description: East Hill Tree Farm, 3496 East Hill Road, Plainfield, VT, 05667

COST: $20 NOFA members, $30 non-members

The soil is at the root of plant health, productivity, and fruit quality. Nicko Rubin will share his experience and insights gained developing a permaculture site on exhausted hill farm soils, through a tour of East Hill Tree Farm. Discussion will include techniques as they apply to both perennial fruits and annual vegetables.

CONTACT: Rachel Fussell at rachel@nofavt.org at (802) 434-4122 ext. 28. Register online at nofavt.org/ows

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Sunday, August 16, 2015

NOFA Mass Summer Conference

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Description: University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA

COST: Varies depending on registration options.

(Please see event details with Aug. 14 event.)

CONTACT: Register online at www.regonline.com/builder/site/?eventid=1684133, or contact christine@nofamass.org for more information.

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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Don’t Bare Your Soil: Cover Cropping Options

Time: 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Description: Vermont Technical College, 124 Admin Dr., Randolph, VT, 05061

COST: $20 NOFA & VVBGA members, $30 non-members

Examine test plots of a wide range of cover crops suitable for Vermont conditions like field peas, crimson and sweet clover, soybeans, sorghum and forage brassicae among others with soil scientist Sosten Lungu and learn practical tips from farmers. Prepare for fall cover cropping now by inspecting the nutrient building, weed suppressing and soil structure impacts of various cover crops.

CONTACT: More information and registration at www.nofavt.org/ows. Or contact Rachel Fussell
at rachel@nofavt.org or 802) 434-4122 ext. 28.

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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Pasturing Alternative Forages

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Description: Cobblestone Valley Farm, 2023 Preble Road, Preble, NY 13141

COST: This event is FREE for Organic Valley members. Use discount code OVmember at checkout. $15/person or $25 two or more people/farm.

NOFA-NY and Organic Valley CROPP Cooperative invite you to explore the use of alternative forages on Cobblestone Valley Farm with Paul and Maureen Knapp. Join in for a day focused on pasture management and tour the farm while learning from expert farmers Paul and Maureen Knapp. The Knapps will discuss their pasture management including what alternative forages they have found success with on their farm. Tim Darbishire, Grazing Consultant, will talk on forage options, seeding, maintaining a stand and rotations. Tour the farm and learn how to incorporate alternative forages into your pasture plan. Cobblestone Valley is a diversified organic farm certified by NOFA-NY Certified Organic, LLC, located in the heart of New York State right off Interstate 81. The backbone of the farm is dairy, with all other enterprises connected to and synergistic with milk production.

CONTACT: Pre-register and pay online at www.cvent.com/d/9rq3jh ( This event is FREE for Organic Valley members. Use discount code OVmember at checkout), or call Stephanie at 585-271-1979 ext. 509. Pre-registration closes at 4pm on August 17th.

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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Dry Beans Production; From Field to Processing

Time: 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Description: Cayuga Pure Organics,18 Banks Rd, Brooktondale, NY 14817

COST: $15/person or $25 two or more people/farm.

Join Anne Riordan at Cayuga Pure Organics for a field walk through her cannellinis beans, with experimental mustard plantings for disease control. She will provide an overview of planting, nutrient management, weed control, harvest, and drying. This will be followed by a limited tour and demonstration of the newly renovated beanery.

CONTACT: Pre-register and pay online at www.cvent.com/d/brq3qt, or call Stephanie at 585-271-1979 ext. 509. Pre-registration closes at 4pm on August 18th.

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Seeding, Infrastructure and Zero-Grain

Time: 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Description: Harrison Homegrown, 8180 VT Route 22A, Addison, VT and and Mike Eastman, Mike's Farm, 435 Town House Road, Addison, VT

COST: $20 per person, includes lunch from the NOFA-VT Pizza Oven

Join UVM Extension Northwest Crops and Soils Program (NWCS) and Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFA-VT) for an event in their Summer Organic Dairy Series. Spend the morning at Harrison Homegrown to hear about a variety of projects including establishing new seedings, installing tile drainage, new laneways and fencing, and lessons learned from the transition to organic. In the afternoon, the group will be at Mike’s Farm where Mike Eastman, a seasoned grazier and no-grain farmer, will host a pasture walk and discussion about his herd’s transition to a no-grain ration.

CONTACT: Please register online by August 16 at www.nofavt.org/ows (Visa or Mastercard accepted). Or you can download, complete and return form from above website to: NOFA-Vermont (NOFA-VT), PO Box 697, Richmond, VT 05477 or call 802-434-4122. Please make checks payable: NOFA-VT Write ‘On-Farm Workshop Series’ in Memo Field.

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Northeast Annual Buckwheat Field Day

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Description: Hatfield Farm 2137 Rte. 38A Moravia, NY 13118

COST: Free, with no registration necessary.

Learn about commercial buckwheat grain production and meet other buckwheat growers at the Northeast Annual Buckwheat Field Day. There will be information valuable to old hands as well as new or prospective growers. Buckwheat tends to have a somewhat different place in conventional and organic rotations, but the production of the crop is essentially the same. Presenters will speak about how buckwheat fits into organic field crop rotations where it has value for soil building and weed suppression. And attendees will see how effectively it addresses the weed concerns on this farm, which are mainly foxtail and Canada thistle. The group willll evaluate crop progress to anticipate what the yield might be, whether plant vigor is in the desired range and how to do those evaluations on your own farm. There will be excellent opportunities for farmer-to-farmer learning. Don Hatfield is hosting the field day. He has been producing grain near Owasco Lake for many years, and has been Certified Organic since [2006]. This is the second year of buckwheat production, so Don has a lot of keen observations about how it has (or has not) met his expectations and management needs.Thomas Bjorkman is a professor in the horticulture department at Cornell. He has worked closely with the organic community in New York since the early 1990s, largely on issues related to organic vegetable production. He has also been the leading authority on Eastern buckwheat production for the same time, and has been holding the annual buckwheat field day since 1994.

CONTACT: This field day is free, with no registration necessary. Contact Stephanie at 585-271-1979 ext. 509 with any questions.

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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Global Foods are Local Foods: Dinner & Learning Event

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Description: South End Kitchen at Lake Champlain Chocolates, Pine St., Burlington, VT

COST: $40 ($35 meal price plus a $5 donation to support work with New American Farmers)

We will post details, including the menu of course, here as they become available. In the meantime, here's a link to the Facebook event, which we'll also keep updated. www.facebook.com/events/838797846175772/

CONTACT: Cheryl Herrick at 802-656-5459 or cheryl.herrick@uvm.edu.

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Sunday, August 30, 2015

Basics of Tractor Safety, Operation & Maintenance (NH)

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Description: Stonewall Farm, Keene, NH

COST: TBD

Not sure how to keep your tractor’s engine running smoothly and efficiently? These one and two day tractor courses provide you with the skills and hands-on experience to keep your tractor in tip top condition. You’ll get practice in checking and changing fluids and filters, servicing the battery, checking radiator hoses, grease fittings, and more in a small-group.

CONTACT: More information at blog.uvm.edu/groundwk/2015-program/hands-on-workshop/. Or email Suzy with any questions at suzy.hodgson@uvm.edu.

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Monday, August 31, 2015

Basics of Tractor Safety, Operation & Maintenance (NH)

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Description: Stonewall Farm, Keene, NH

COST: TBD

Not sure how to keep your tractor’s engine running smoothly and efficiently? These one and two day tractor courses provide you with the skills and hands-on experience to keep your tractor in tip top condition. You’ll get practice in checking and changing fluids and filters, servicing the battery, checking radiator hoses, grease fittings, and more in a small-group.

CONTACT: More information at blog.uvm.edu/groundwk/2015-program/hands-on-workshop/. Or email Suzy with any questions at suzy.hodgson@uvm.edu.

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Demystifying Organic Certification for New Farmers (NOFA-NY)

Time: 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Description: Ironwood Farm 103 County Route 9 Ghent, New York 12075

COST: $15/person or $25 two or more people/farm.

Join NOFA-NY and the farmers Jenny, Lauren and Aliyah of Ironwood Farm for a day of learning about organic certification as it applies to beginning farmers. They will cover all of their variables in the first year – from getting a Carrot Project loan, keeping good records of invoices on QuickBooks to help with the NOFA harvest logs, looking for land that could be certified immediately, what it meant to them to be certified, both philosophically and from a business perspective. NOFA-NY Certified Organic LLC will also guide you through the certification process including what to expect and certification costs. Enjoy a farm tour where we will walk and talk about all aspects of land certification.

Ironwood Farm grows organic vegetables and fruits on seven acres of leased land in Ghent, NY. They sell produce in farmer's markets, CSA shares (community supported agriculture), and wholesale to restaurants, shops and resellers in the Hudson Valley.

CONTACT: Pre-register and pay online athttp://www.cvent.com/d/1rqdxb, or call Stephanie at 585-271-1979 ext. 509. Pre-registration closes at 4pm on August 28th.

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Friday, September 11, 2015

Natural Health for Sheep & Goats Workshop Series

Time: 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Description: Green Heart Farm & Retreat Center, 316 Parker Hill Road, Springfield, VT 05156

COST: $30 pp, per workshop Fri evening and Sat morning. $40pp for Sat afternoon. All three for $75.

The Friday evening workshop is "Minerals for Health in Sheep and Goats."

CONTACT: Cynthia Berg for registration/payment or more information. cynthia@greenheartfarm.com or 802-885-1792

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Saturday, September 12, 2015

Natural Health for Sheep & Goats Workshop Series

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Description: Green Heart Farm & Retreat Center, 316 Parker Hill Road, Springfield, VT 05156

COST: $30 pp, per workshop Fri evening and Sat morning. $40pp for Sat afternoon. All three for $75.

The Saturday morning workshop is: Using Herbs for Deworming Sheep and Goats (includes parasite life cycles, pasture management, science based research).

CONTACT: Cynthia Berg for registration/payment or more information. cynthia@greenheartfarm.com or 802-885-1792

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Natural Health for Sheep & Goats Workshop Series

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Green Heart Farm & Retreat Center, 316 Parker Hill Road, Springfield, VT 05156

COST: $30 pp, per workshop Fri evening and Sat morning. $40pp for Sat afternoon. All three for $75.

The Saturday afternoon workshop is devoted to: Natural First Aid for the Farm, including Homeopathy, Herbs, and Essential Oils

CONTACT: Cynthia Berg for registration/payment or more information. cynthia@greenheartfarm.com or 802-885-1792

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Monday, September 14, 2015

Basics of Tractor Safety, Operation & Maintenance (MA)

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Description: Hutchins Farm, Concord, MA

COST: TBD

Not sure how to keep your tractor’s engine running smoothly and efficiently? These one and two day tractor courses provide you with the skills and hands-on experience to keep your tractor in tip top condition. You’ll get practice in checking and changing fluids and filters, servicing the battery, checking radiator hoses, grease fittings, and more in a small-group.

CONTACT: More information at blog.uvm.edu/groundwk/2015-program/hands-on-workshop/. Or email Suzy with any questions at suzy.hodgson@uvm.edu.

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Thursday, September 17, 2015

Basics of Tractor Safety, Operation & Maintenance

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Description: Brattleboro, VT (registrants will receive specific address and directions)

COST: TBD

Not sure how to keep your tractor’s engine running smoothly and efficiently? These one and two day tractor courses provide you with the skills and hands-on experience to keep your tractor in tip top condition. You’ll get practice in checking and changing fluids and filters, servicing the battery, checking radiator hoses, grease fittings, and more in a small-group.

CONTACT: More information at blog.uvm.edu/groundwk/2015-program/hands-on-workshop/. Or email Suzy with any questions at suzy.hodgson@uvm.edu.

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Vermont Master Composter Course 2015

Time: 6:15 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Description: The course is offered statewide at the following Vermont Interactive Technologies sites: Bennington, Brattleboro, Johnson, Lyndon, Middlebury, Montpelier, Newport, Randolph Ctr., Rutland, Springfield, St. Albans, White River Jct., Williston

COST: $50, which includes four classes, an online course guide, and additional course materials.

The four-session Composting is practical, convenient and inexpensive. Learn how to turn food scraps and yard trimmings into compost for healthier, nutrient rich soil for your garden, lawn, trees and even houseplants. This 4-session course is an in-depth study of backyard composting taught by professionals within Vermont's green industry. Course topics include Biology of Composting, Worm Composting, Recipe Design, Compost Use for Disease Control, Site and Container Selection, Vermont's New Universal Recycling Law, Managing the Compost Process, Trouble Shooting, Educational Outreach/Partnerships.

CONTACT: Registration deadline is Sep. 11. Link to registration and more information can be found here: www.uvm.edu/mastergardener/master-composter/?Page=course.html#.VbeAPPlWvR_. Or contact Lisa at 802-656-9562 or master.gardener@uvm.edu with any additional questions.

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Monday, September 21, 2015

Irrigation, Pasture Renovation, and Cow Health

Time: 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Description: Stony Pond Farm, 336 Emch Drive, Enosburg Falls, VT 0545

COST: $20 per person, includes lunch from the NOFA-VT Pizza Oven

Join UVM Extension Northwest Crops and Soils Program (NWCS) and Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFA-VT) for an event in their Summer Organic Dairy Series. Knowing strategies for dealing with challenges, such as cow health complications, implementing irrigation, and improving soil quality, can improve farm profitability and ease the stress of management. In addition to talking to the Webb’s , we will be joined by a trained veterinarian to discuss tools for identifying and treating common metabolic diseases such as milk fever, ketosis, and grass tetany.

CONTACT: Please register online by September 11 at www.nofavt.org/ows (Visa or Mastercard accepted). Or you can download, complete and return form from above website to: NOFA-Vermont (NOFA-VT), PO Box 697, Richmond, VT 05477 or call 802-434-4122. Please make checks payable: NOFA-VT Write ‘On-Farm Workshop Series’ in Memo Field.

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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Vermont Master Composter Course 2015

Time: 6:15 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Description: The course is offered statewide at the following Vermont Interactive Technologies sites: Bennington, Brattleboro, Johnson, Lyndon, Middlebury, Montpelier, Newport, Randolph Ctr., Rutland, Springfield, St. Albans, White River Jct., Williston

COST: $50, which includes four classes, an online course guide, and additional course materials.

(Please see details with Sep. 17 event.)

CONTACT: Registration deadline is Sep. 11. Link to registration and more information can be found here: www.uvm.edu/mastergardener/master-composter/?Page=course.html#.VbeAPPlWvR_. Or contact Lisa at 802-656-9562 or master.gardener@uvm.edu with any additional questions.

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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Fall Feed Inventory and Land Improvements

Time: 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Description: , McKnight Farm, 440 Snow Hill Road, E. Montpelier, VT 05651

COST: $20 per person, includes lunch from the NOFA-VT Pizza Oven

Join UVM Extension Northwest Crops and Soils Program (NWCS) and Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFA-VT) for an event in their Summer Organic Dairy Series. Farmers who take careful inventory of their stored forages can plan ahead for optimal nutrition through the winter as well as avoiding shortcomings in feed quality and milk production. Join us at McKnight Farm to discuss strategies for evaluating feed stock needs and action plans. Additional topics will include grazing, land improvements including tillage, establishing new seedings, 'new' species, and managing soil fertility.

CONTACT: Please register online by September 20 at www.nofavt.org/ows (Visa or Mastercard accepted). Or you can download, complete and return form from above website to: NOFA-Vermont (NOFA-VT), PO Box 697, Richmond, VT 05477 or call 802-434-4122. Please make checks payable: NOFA-VT Write ‘On-Farm Workshop Series’ in Memo Field.

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Thursday, October 1, 2015

Vermont Master Composter Course 2015

Time: 6:15 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Description: The course is offered statewide at the following Vermont Interactive Technologies sites: Bennington, Brattleboro, Johnson, Lyndon, Middlebury, Montpelier, Newport, Randolph Ctr., Rutland, Springfield, St. Albans, White River Jct., Williston

COST: $50, which includes four classes, an online course guide, and additional course materials.

(Please see details with Sep. 17 event.)

CONTACT: Registration deadline is Sep. 11. Link to registration and more information can be found here: www.uvm.edu/mastergardener/master-composter/?Page=course.html#.VbeAPPlWvR_. Or contact Lisa at 802-656-9562 or master.gardener@uvm.edu with any additional questions.

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Thursday, October 8, 2015

Vermont Master Composter Course 2015

Time: 6:15 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Description: The course is offered statewide at the following Vermont Interactive Technologies sites: Bennington, Brattleboro, Johnson, Lyndon, Middlebury, Montpelier, Newport, Randolph Ctr., Rutland, Springfield, St. Albans, White River Jct., Williston

COST: $50, which includes four classes, an online course guide, and additional course materials.

(Please see details with Sep. 17 event.)

CONTACT: Registration deadline is Sep. 11. Link to registration and more information can be found here: www.uvm.edu/mastergardener/master-composter/?Page=course.html#.VbeAPPlWvR_. Or contact Lisa at 802-656-9562 or master.gardener@uvm.edu with any additional questions.

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Friday, October 9, 2015

Field Trip: UNH Organic Dairy Research Facility & Tuckaway Farm

Time: 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Description: Harrison Homegrown, 8180 VT Route 22A, Addison, VT and and Mike Eastman, Mike's Farm, 435 Town House Road, Addison, VT

COST: $20 per person, includes lunch from the NOFA-VT Pizza Oven

Join UVM Extension Northwest Crops and Soils Program (NWCS) and Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFA-VT) for an event in their Summer Organic Dairy Series. Join a tour tour of the first certified organic university research dairy in the U.S. with a focus on 1) the facilities (bedded pack, milking parlor, composting facility and wood shaving mill) and 2) updates in animal science research. After the tour, we will visit Tuckaway Farm, run by Dorn Cox, for a field walk.

CONTACT: Please register online by September 30 at www.nofavt.org/ows (Visa or Mastercard accepted). Or you can download, complete and return form from above website to: NOFA-Vermont (NOFA-VT), PO Box 697, Richmond, VT 05477 or call 802-434-4122. Please make checks payable: NOFA-VT Write ‘On-Farm Workshop Series’ in Memo Field.

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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Basics of Tractor Safety, Operation & Maintenance

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Description: Poultney, VT (registrants will receive specific address and directions)

COST: TBD

Not sure how to keep your tractor’s engine running smoothly and efficiently? These one and two day tractor courses provide you with the skills and hands-on experience to keep your tractor in tip top condition. You’ll get practice in checking and changing fluids and filters, servicing the battery, checking radiator hoses, grease fittings, and more in a small-group.

CONTACT: More information at blog.uvm.edu/groundwk/2015-program/hands-on-workshop/. Or email Suzy with any questions at suzy.hodgson@uvm.edu.

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