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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Enhancing Native Pollinator Populations on Farms webinar

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location: Online
Description: We need these farming partners to pollinate our fruit and vegetable crops, yet our native pollinators and honey bees are struggling from multiple threats of pesticide exposure, habitat loss, parasites and diseases. John Hayden from The Farm Between in Jeffersonville, VT will present on who the native pollinators are, why they are in trouble, and how we can bring back populations with ecologically sound farming practices, pollinator friendly plantings, and by providing nesting and overwintering habitat. John has a Master's Degree in Agricultural Entomology and over 30 years professional experience in sustainable agriculture as a university educator, researcher, extension agent, international consultant, and practicing organic farmer. According to John, his ‘final frontier’ is a long term ecological study in his own backyard, focusing on the 18 acres of organic fruit, meadow, and native pollinator sanctuary that make up The Farm Between, and he couldn’t be more excited about it.

Newcomers to online learning are welcome. All you need to participate is internet access and a computer that you can hear sound through. To participate, please go to go.uvm.edu/aemon at about 11:45 a.m EDT on April 17, 2014 and click on the webinar title. For more information, contact newfarmer@uvm.edu or call 802-223-2389x203. If you require accommodations to participate in this program, please let Jessie Schmidt know by April 10, 2014 at 802-223-2389 or 1-866-860-1382 (toll-free in VT) or newfarmer@uvm.edu so we may assist you. If you have not participated in a webinar before, we recommend you download the necessary software for free the day before the webinar is scheduled at tiny.cc/UVMWebinarCheck.

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Managing Your Pastures Better: Management Intensive Grazing 101

Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: Webinar
Description: Sheep are magnificent animals that evolved to eat grass. A sheep's rumen allows it to thrive on high-fiber forage and effectively convert sunlight and atmospheric nitrogen (nitrogen "fixed" into forage protein by legumes like clovers and alfalfa) into valuable human products like meat and wool and milk. But how can shepherds use sheep to harvest this forage in a profitable and sustainable way? By grazing.After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. Register now! attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5755892051703340802.

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Calving Success Twilight

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: Berlin (Rensselaer County, NY
Description: Black Queen Angus Farm, 630 Green Hollow Road, Berlin (Rensselaer County) – Come and learn how to calve your beef herd easily and profitably! Host Morgan Hartman has raised his animals on pasture for years, and we will be visiting at the height of the calving season. The farm is focused on the development of breeding stock, commercially oriented, holistically managed, and using a least-cost production model. The cost of the meeting is $5.00 – contact Marcie Vohnoutka at 518-272-4210 or mmp74@cornell.edu for more information or to RSVP.

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