2002 On-Farm Summer Workshop Series

Welcome to the 2002 Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont's
(NOFA-VT) Summer Workshop Series!  This year, in addition to our own
workshops we have collaborated with both the Vermont Vegetable
and Berry Growers Association and the Vermont Grass Farmers' Association to
bring a diversity of technical workshops.

NOFA-VT sponsored workshops are $5 for NOFA members and $8 for
nonmembers.  Preregistration is required for the August workshop entitled
"Simple, Solar, Sustainable Living".  To preregister please call the NOFA
office and send in your registration fee. For all other workshops there is
no preregistration and you can just show up!

For more information call NOFA at 802-434-4122. 

Workshops are held rain or shine, so be prepared for
inclement weather!  We look forward to seeing you there!

June 28,  6-8 pm
Zack Woods Herb Farm, Hyde Park, VT

Tour Zack Woods Herb Farm with Melanie and Jeff Carpenter where they will
highlight their SARE grant research on cultivating medicinal herbs which are
threatened in their native environment due to over-harvesting and habitat

Directions: From the north: Take Rte 15 East and follow it to the light at
the Jct. of Rte 15 and 100 in Morrisville (near the shopping centers), go
through the light and take the very next left after Goss Firestone tires
onto Center Rd. (cont. below*).  From the south:  Rte 12 in Montpelier to
Morrisville.  At the 4 way stop in Morrisville, take a right onto Rte 100 and
follow it to the jct of Rte 15 and 100.  Take a right at the light onto Rte 15
then take your very next left after Goss Firestone tires onto Center Rd
*Then, Get on Center Rd. and bear left at the Y past Country Home Center.
Follow Center Rd. about 4 or 5 miles until it ends at a T. Take a left at
the T onto Centerville rd.  Follow Centerville Rd. about a mile and take the
first right onto Mead Rd.  Zack Woods Farm is the first house on the right
on Mead Rd.

July 7,  9-11 am
Camp Merrishko, East Brookfield, VT

*As per recommendation from extension, no smokers will be allowed at this
workshop because of Tobacco Mosaic Virus.

Farmer Clotilde Hryshko will review how Camp Merrishko has established a
balance between low operating costs and early crops, while utilizing
technology appropriate for the small grower.  She will share past
experiences - successes and failures with greenhouse tomatoes. Topics to
include: plant propagation and schedule, soil fertility, greenhouse
management, tomato trellising and pruning, and harvest and post-harvest

Directions: From the South: Take Exit 4 off I 89.  Take Rte 66 East to Rte
14.  Proceed 6 miles North on 14. (cont. below*)
 From the North: Take Exit 5 off I 89.  Take Rte 64 East to Rte 14.  Proceed
approximately 8 miles South on 14. (1.5 miles south of intersection of Rte
14 and Rte 65)
*Then, Look for the greenhouses in the field. Park in front of barn across
the street from the house.

July 20, 10-noon
Animal Farm, Orwell, VT

Have you ever thought about having a family cow? Then this workshop is for
you! Farmer Diane St.Claire will share the many issues that arise in having
a cow, such as milking schedules, equipment, breed types, health
considerations, feed and land issues, as well as where to get advice and
help.  Animal Farm is the smallest licensed dairy in Vermont and produces 30
pounds of organic Jersey butter each week.  They started with one family cow
and now have four.

Directions: From Middlebury take Rte 30 south, 14 miles to the town of
Whiting. Continue on 30 through the Whiting 4 corners. Take your second
right after the 4 corners onto Murray Rd. At the 4 way stop, take a left
onto West Rd. Go 2 miles, farm is on the right: white house, red barn,
purple horse trailer.

July 21  1-4 pm
Applecheek Farm, Morrisville, VT

NOFA Vermont's Farm-to-School Mentors have been working all over Vermont to connect children and youth to their local farms and farmers. We are finding
that children not only want contact with farmers and food production, but
relish doing real work on the farm. In this workshop, the mentors will
outline and demonstrate how to set up 1-3 hour work projects farmers and
educators can adapt for different age groups and abilities on a farm. Both
farmers and educators are encouraged to attend.

Directions: Heading east on Rte 15, pass through the town of Morrisville.
Take a left onto Garfield Rd. and then a right onto McFarlane. Applecheek is
at the end of the road.

July 30, 5-7 pm
Tommy Thompson Community Garden at the Intervale, Burlington, VT

Local gardener, Ron Krupp will lead this practical composting workshop with
an explanation of the biodynamic preparations. Participants will build a
compost pile and learn about the carbon/nitrogen relationship, the different
stages of decomposition and how to use your eyes, nose and fingers in
understanding the nature of compost. They will also learn about the
biodynamic earth and sun preparations (500 & 501) along with the
herbal/animal preparations (502 & 508) and barrel compost.  Come prepared to
use your back and minds! Ron is the author of the new Vermont gardening
book, The Woodchuck's Guide to Gardening.

Directions: From Riverside Avenue in Burlington, go down Intervale Road.
Pass Gardener's Supply and Intervale Compost Co. on the right. Garden is
just beyond on the left. There is a sign.

August 1  10-noon
Doe's Leap Farm, Bakersfield VT

Co-sponsored by the Vermont Pasture Network, the Small Ruminant Dairy
Project, and the Vermont Grass Farmers' Association.

Kristan Doolan & George Van Vlaanderen received a SARE grant to study the
effects of grazing versus browsing or dairy goat production performance.  In
this workshop they will share the results of the study and its implications
for their farm.  Participants will also have a chance to tour this organic
farm with their one-of-a-kind rotational browse area, as well as taking a
look at the milking parlor, barns and pastures.

Directions: From I-89 take Exit 19, St Albans. Go right at 4-way
intersection.  After .5 miles take a right at the next 4-way intersection
onto Rte. 36 going east. Go approximately 14 miles until you reach
Bakersfield; take a right onto Rte. 108 going south. Driveway is 1.8 miles
on left across from Whitney Road. Barn and house are out of sight, but a
mailbox is at bottom of driveway.

August 4  , 1-4 pm
Richardson Farm, Woodstock VT

NOFA Vermont's Farm-to-School Mentors have been working all over Vermont to connect children and youth to their local farms and farmers. We are finding
that children not only want contact with farmers and food production, but
relish doing real work on the farm. In this workshop, the mentors will
outline and demonstrate how to set up 1-3 hour work projects farmers and
educators can adapt for different age groups and abilities on a farm. Both
farmers and educators are encouraged to attend.

Directions: Take Exit 9 off I-91.  From Route 5 take Route 12 to Hartland
Four Corners. In Hartland, take Hartland Hill Rd. for one mile to the
Richardson Farm.

August 20, 5-7 pm
Hurricane Flats, South Royalton VT

Co-sponsored by the Vermont Vegetable & Berry Growers Association.

Farmer Tom Honigford and UVM extension specialist and Director of the
University of Vermont's Center for Sustainable Agriculture,  Vern Grubinger
will co-lead this workshop on melon production. Hurricane Flats, gets its
name from the town history.  The wind gets funneled through the farm's river
bottom land at a bothersome pace.  This is their seventh year of growing
mixed vegetables, and they have built up a reputation for their melons.
They direct market almost everything they grow, and except for market day,
it is a lean and mean one man operation. Economically the farm has been
successful, and uses a lot of hand tools along with it's tractor toys.

Directions: Take Exit 2 off I-89. At bottom of ramp go south on 132  (coming
from the north that would be a right hand turn, from the south a left) In 100 yards
go right on 14. In 1/4 mile take a left across the bridge over the White River.
Stay on that road (Back River Rd) for 3.5 miles when you see the big field on
your right, (between the river and the road) Our farm is the  at the end of the field.
It is the only big field and red barn you'll be seeing!

August 24, 9-noon
Adamant, VT

*Please pre-register with the NOFA office to ensure a spot for yourself at
this workshop! Possibility of an additional afternoon workshop if the
morning is full. Richard Czaplinski of Vermont Earth Institute will give a tour of his small, passive solar home in Adamant,VT. The tour will include the home, built in
1978, and how it operates off the grid with a minimal photo-voltaic system,
attached greenhouse and root cellar, the gardens and orchard. Participants
are expected to come prepared for an interactive discussion on sustainable
living and it's possiblilities, both individually and collectively, in these
times. View one person's practical ways to live sustainably.

Directions: Take Exit 8 off of I-89.  From downtown Montpelier, take Main St
up the hill out of Montpelier, pass the Culinary Institute and into East
Montpelier where Main St becomes County Rd. About 5 miles out, take Haggett
Rd (right only). Follow Haggett Rd into Adamant (about 1 mile), swing left
around the Adamant Coop (but a far left which goes to the Quarry). About 0.1
mile from the Coop take the right onto Sodom Pond Rd. About 0.5 mile from
the Coop see a woods road on the left blocked with poles, the next driveway
to the left leads into a field. Park next to the red Toyota truck (or on the
road), and walk up the hill to house.

August 27, 6:30-8:30pm
Taconic End Farm, Leicester, VT

Farmer Annie Claghorn has a great system of raising her seasonal Jersey
calves and has tried a lot of different things over the years.  Learn more about
calves, pasture health, seasonal dairying, and parasites at this evening

Directions: From Leicester 4 Corners on Rte 7, take Leicester-Whiting Rd for
1 mile west of Rte 7.  The road will take a sharp left, first house on the
right (a white house) after the curve, #1395 Leicester-Whiting Rd.

September 3, 6-8 pm
The Farm Between, Jeffersonville VT

This workshop will focus on pasture raised meat birds and will be of
interest whether you want to raise some real chicken for your family or go
toe to toe with Frank Perdue as a chicken farmer. John Hayden raises several
hundred broilers per year (conventional grain, no antibiotics) in portable
hoophouses and does on-farm processing. John has some experience with laying
hens and turkeys also.  We will discuss brooder set up, pasturing poultry,
processing, marketing and how to integrate chickens, cover crops and

Directions: The Farm Between is located halfway between Cambridge and
Jeffersonville on Route 15. It's the brick farmhouse on the curve next to
the Maple Outlet. There are two silos to guide you.

September 14, 10-noon
Putney, VT

Learn about building a root cellar for your home.  This workshop will cover
location, construction, operation and maintaining a freestanding root
cellar.  Robert King will discuss the multiple uses of root cellar, crop varieties for
winter storage, and bio-dynamic preparation storage. He will also speak about
functional aesthetic landscaping to incorporate and integrate the root cellar.
A soup will be served for any folks who wish to stay for lunch, bring a dish
if you desire.

Directions: Take Exit 4 off of I-91.  Take Rte 5 north into the center of
Putney village (.8 miles from the Interstate exit). Turn left off of Rte 5
before the General Store on to the Westminster Road.  Drive 1.1 miles
passing the Central School on the right. Take the next left hand turn up the
hill (West Hill Road) for 2.4 miles following the major flow of the paved
road.  Do not take a left fork to the Putney School. After the 2.4 miles
there is a right turn at the Putney Mountain Road.  Turn right at this sign.
Go 100 feet and then take the left fork uphill on Holland Hill Road. Go 1.0
miles up Holland Hill Road on the dirt road to a right hand turn at a green
mailbox after an "S" curve.  Continue until you turn right on Joy Road. Go
0.7 miles to the only house on the road, on the left.