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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Understanding Plants to Improve Pasture Management

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Description: Island Acres Farm (dairy cows), 354 Route 2., South Hero, VT

COST: Free

The Center for Sustainable Ag. is a co-sponsor of this training session for farmers, NRCS employees, and partners. Topics covered include: woody and herbaceous plants suitable for grazing, plant identification, how plants grow, and how to avoid overgrazing for an optimal summer feed management program. The workshop will also highlight NRCS conservation practices used in grazing management systems. This workshop is open to the public. Farmers will gain a better understanding of NRCS’ conservation practices and grazing planning approach.

CONTACT: Register at www.eventbrite.com/e/understanding-plants-to-improve-pasture-management-tickets-16581959086. Contact Kevin Kaija, Conservation Agronomist, (802) 295-7942 extension 123, kevin.kaija@vt.usda.gov with any questions.

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Friday, May 29, 2015

4th Annual Water Quality Conference

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Vermont Technical College Judd Hall, 124 Admin Drive, Randolph Center, VT, 05061

COST: Can be found at vectogether.org

Previous Water Quality Conferences focused on water quality regulations, sources of nutrient pollutants, storm water, modeling, political will, grass-roots efforts and innovative community action, implementation and funding. Progress has been made in understanding the causes and sources of Lake Champlain’s water quality problems. And it is clear that best management practices on farms and beyond can stem the flow of nutrients into the lake and other water bodies. Vermont, and others, still continue to be challenged by organizing and funding implementation of solutions. This year’s Water Quality Conference examines organizational structures and innovative approaches that have succeeded in other areas and might be applied to improvement of water quality.

The event runs from 8:00AM – 5:00PM. Pre-registration includes all sessions and lunch. The panels will be focused on the following topics: Update on regulatory changes affecting water quality; A utility model for organizing the drive towards increasing water quality; Enhancing implementation of BMPs through the Current Use Program; Innovative approaches to increasing the value, and decreasing the cost, of nutrients; & Where Does Vermont Go From Here?

CONTACT: Register at vectogether.org/vec-events/spring-conference/ or contact VEC at info@vectogether.org or 802-747-7900 for more information or with any questions.

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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Slow Living Summit

Time: 7:45 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Description: Brattleboro, VT

COST: Pre-registration is required, cost varies by registration type

This year's theme is "Food, Mindfully"

CONTACT: Register at www.slowlivingsummit.org/2015-summit-registration/ or contact Shanta L. Evans-Crowley, Summit Coordinator at shanta@strollingoftheheifers.com or 802-275-8152 for more information or with any questions.

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Thursday, June 4, 2015

Slow Living Summit

Time: 7:45 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Description: Brattleboro, VT

COST: Pre-registration is required, cost varies by registration type

This year's theme is "Food, Mindfully"

CONTACT: Register at www.slowlivingsummit.org/2015-summit-registration/ or contact Shanta L. Evans-Crowley, Summit Coordinator at shanta@strollingoftheheifers.com or 802-275-8152 for more information or with any questions.

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Raising Sheep Successfully Workshop

Time: 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Description: Knoll Farm, 700 Bragg Hill Rd., Fayston, VT

COST: $25

In this workshop, shepherd Helen Whybrow will go through a huge amount of information for raising sheep successfully in a pasture-based system. Knoll Farm's purebred Icelandic sheep live outside year-round and are a productive, low-maintenance asset to the farm. Since they started using sheep in an intensive grazing system 14 years ago they have seen a huge improvement in forage density, legume regrowth and soil organic matter. Helen will talk about raising sheep in general, grazing management, parasites, common illnesses and flock health, as well as how to make the most of your business. Please bring your questions and experiences for sharing. All levels welcome.

CONTACT: Helen Whybrow at helen.whybrow@gmail.com or 802-496-5685.

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Friday, June 5, 2015

Slow Living Summit

Time: 7:45 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Description: Brattleboro, VT

COST: Pre-registration is required, cost varies by registration type

This year's theme is "Food, Mindfully"

CONTACT: Register at www.slowlivingsummit.org/2015-summit-registration/ or contact Shanta L. Evans-Crowley, Summit Coordinator at shanta@strollingoftheheifers.com or 802-275-8152 for more information or with any questions.

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Mowing with Horses Workshop

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Fairwinds Farm, 511 Upper Dummerston Road, Brattleboro, Vermont 05301

COST: Pre-registration is required $175 per person, includes meals

Meets 2-5pm on Friday afternoon to discuss and make adjustments, sharpening and mower setup for several kinds of mowers in preparation for a full day of mowing. On Saturday we will cut a field regardless of the weather. Saturday discussions will include technique and theory around opening up the field, preventing and dealing with mechanical issues, topography and various plant species (read milkweed and wiregrass!). Participants will be encouraged to drive the horses/mowers in situations that are appropriate to their experience level. This is not a driving workshop.

CONTACT: Register at fairwindsfarm.org/dHWorkShops.html#MWH or contact Fairwinds Farm at 802-254-9067 or fairwinds@fairwindsfarm.org for more information or with any questions.

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Saturday, June 6, 2015

Mowing with Horses Workshop

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Description: Fairwinds Farm, 511 Upper Dummerston Road, Brattleboro, Vermont 05301

COST: Pre-registration is required $175 per person, includes meals

See 6/5 event for more information.

CONTACT: Register at fairwindsfarm.org/dHWorkShops.html#MWH or contact Fairwinds Farm at 802-254-9067 or fairwinds@fairwindsfarm.org for more information or with any questions.

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Slow Living Expo and Strolling of the Heifers Parade

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Description: Brattleboro, VT

COST: FREE

Parade at 10am

Meet the heifers up close and personal at the Slow Living Expo on the Brattleboro Common and the Brattleboro Retreat grounds — 11 acres of fun, food, entertainment and exhibits. The Expo features local food producers, regional craftspeople, cheese producers from all over New England, a forestry exhibit, four separate entertainment tents, cooking demonstrations, continuous shows by the New England Center for Circus Arts, and much more.

CONTACT: Stacey Conn at 802-246-0982 or stacey@strollingoftheheifers.com for more information or with any questions.

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Sunday, June 7, 2015

Tour De Heifer

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Description: Brattleboro, VT

COST: Pre-registration is required, cost varies by registration type

Vermont’s most challenging dirt road rides! The fifth annual Tour de Heifer happens on Sunday, June 7, 2015!
The Tour de Heifer’s 60 and 30 mile challenge routes follow dirt roads with mimimal pavement. Both entail significant elevation change — that is, hill-climbing, and lots of it! The 60 mile ride has two short woods road sections. Both the 30 and 60 mile challenges are loop rides with opportunities for bailing out.
We also offer a less challenging (but still hilly!) 15-mile country ride with paved hills and a scenic riverside dirt road section. This is an out-and-back ride to the Green River Bridge.
Families and people who love to walk will enjoy our guided hike to the top of nearby Round Mountain.
All of the routes begin and end at Lilac Ridge Farm in West Brattleboro, and feature incredible views, farm and woodland terrain, New England villages (one with a covered bridge), and much more.

CONTACT: Register at www.bikereg.com/tour-de-heifer-15-30-60-mile-vermont-farm-to-farm-rides oe contact Strolling of the Heifers at (802) 380-0226 for more information or with any questions.

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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Pasture Day with Ian Mitchell-Innes

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Description: Brylee Farm, 524 route 317, Thurso Québec, Quebec, CA

COST: $45

A pasture day with the locally beloved and internationally famous mob grazing specialist Ian Mitchell-Innes on a Quebec farm.

CONTACT: Reserve your spot by phone at 819-985-3882, email or from our website www.fermebrylee.ca

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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Integrating Polyculture Orchards into Grazing

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Description: Symphony Farm MicroDairy, West Brookfield, VT

COST: $45. Symphony Farm will provide some farm fresh light fare. Pre-registration is highly recommended as space is limited

Come spend an afternoon at Symphony Farm with Sid Bosworth of UVM Extension, Nicko Rubin of East Hill Tree Farm, and host Jonathan Falby. They will be presenting a workshop centering around establishing fruit trees and shrubs, attracting pollinators, and the design decisions leading to the diversification of a small Tier 1 raw milk farm. Participants will take a farm tour, gain some hands on experience with fruit tree maintenance, and engage in a lively discussions forum that will cover topics that range from residential agriculture and permaculture design to grazing strategies and land rehabilitation.

CONTACT: Register at www.eventbrite.com/e/integrating-polyculture-orchards-into-grazing-landscapes-tickets-16939114347?ref=ebtnebregn. Contact Jenn at jcolby@uvm.edu for more information.
RSVP highly encouraged: space limited to 20 people.

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Thursday, June 11, 2015

Iroquois White Corn: Preserving a Past, Providing a Future

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Description: 7191 County Road 41, Victor, NY

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

Join Peter Jemison, farmer and manager of the Ganondagan State Historic Site, and Kim Morf, Manager of the Iroquois White Corn Project in this event which will provide the history of white corn, Three Sisters planting traditions, a field walk discussing weed and pest issues, and tour of the WCP processing center. Snacks provided by the Iroquois White Corn Project.

In 2011 the Friends of Ganondagan, a non-profit organization, created the Iroquois White Corn Project in order to restore the farming, consumption, and distribution of traditional white corn used by the Haudenosaunee (aka Iroquois) people for over 2,000 years. A staple of the Haudenosaunee diet, it is used today in a variety of recipes, from mouthwatering appetizers and soups to salads, main dishes and desserts.

CONTACT: Pre-register and pay online at www.cvent.com/d/9rqw01 or call Stephanie at 585-271-1979 ext. 509. Pre-registration closes at 4pm on June 9th. Pre-registration is encouraged as space is limited.

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Saturday, June 13, 2015

Farm and Homestead Day at MOFGA

Time: 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Description: 294 Crosby Brook Road, Unity, Maine

COST: FREE

Farm & Homestead Day at MOFGA is a free, volunteer-driven event offering hands-on workshops based on re-skilling for resiliency. Please bring a dish to share for the Potluck Picnic Lunch– and something to add to the Stone Soup Kettle (fresh or dry ingredients).
Come dressed to participate and ready to get your hands dirty!??Bring family and friends! Many activities are kid-friendly or specifically for kids. Learn skills that will allow you to throw off the shackles of consumer dependency and be more self-reliant.

The ever-popular fiber-arts area will feature spinning, weaving, carding, and felting, as well as treadle sewing machines. Other workshops this year include splicing rope, tying knots, making round poles, scarfing wood joints, riveting, goat-milking, cheese-making, blacksmithing, knife sharpening, and much more!

CONTACT: Farm & Homestead Day Committee at farmandhomesteadday@myfairpoint.net or 207-568-7597 for more information or with any questions.

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Making Milk on Grass

Time: 11:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Description: Stone Mill Dairy, 5626 Reservoir Road, Earlville, NY

COST: $15/person or $25/2 or more people per farm. This event is FREE for Organic Valley members. (Use discount code OVmember at checkout.)

Join NOFA NY, Organic Valley CROPP Cooperative and David Stratton of Stone Mill Dairy to learn more about managing a grass based dairy. David Stratton will share what makes his farm successful including pasture management, calf raising and milk quality in a no grain system. Karen Hoffman, NRCS Animal Scientist will discuss the intricacies of grass based nutrition while DVM, Guy Jodarski, expands on maintaining herd health. Learn from Troy Bishopp, Grazing Specialist for Madison County Soil and Water, on pasture planning and using a grazing chart to aid in pasture management.

CONTACT: Pre-register and pay online at www.cvent.com/d/wrq2m6 or call Stephanie at 585-271-1979 ext. 509. This event is FREE for Organic Valley members. Use discount code OVmember at checkout. Pre-registration closes at 4pm on June 15th.

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Thursday, June 18, 2015

New Field Research on Organic No-Till Soybean

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Description: Musgrave Research Farm, 1256 Poplar Ridge Rd, Aurora, NY

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

Want to reduce your spring tillage? NOFA-NY and Cornell researchers will demonstrate equipment for successfully rolling down cover crops and planting soybeans into the resulting mulch; plus field plots will show results of several different rolling dates and cover crop species. Come learn how to save money and time, while improving your soil. Join Matt Ryan, Brian Caldwell, Jeff Liebert, Christopher Pelzer and other Cornell Researchers at this twilight meeting held at a Cornell University research farm.

CONTACT: Pre-register and pay online at www.cvent.com/d/yrq2lg. Or call Stephanie at 585-271-1979 ext. 509.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Better Veggies with Chickens in Crop Rotations Workshop

Time: 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Description: Big Train Farm, 35 Pippin Orchard Rd, Cranston, RI

COST: FREE

John Kenny will explain how rotating 125 organic chickens around his 2-acre farm has improved produce yields at Big Train Farm. Beginning and experienced growers will learn how to improve soil biology, fertility and specialty crop yields by including a chicken tractor in their crop rotation plans.
This 2-acre farm is one of seven incubator farms at Urban Edge Farm, owned by Southside Community Land Trust. Established in 2008, Big Train Farm sells produce and eggs through a 25-week mix-and-match CSA and wholesale accounts. CSA customers may also purchase weekly shares of fruits, flowers, meats and breads from other growers, producers and restaurants.

CONTACT: Sanne Kure-Jensen at nofari@live.com for more information or with any questions.

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Sheep and Goat Integrated Parasite Control/FAMACHA training

Time: 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Description: Sterling College, Craftsbury, VT

COST: $10.00 for VSGA, VGFA and NOFA-VT Members and $15.00 nonmembers. Optional $13.00 for laminated FAMACHA card.

Topics covered include small ruminant parasite ID & biology, dewormers and drug resistance, integrated parasite control practices, the FAMACHA© System including hands-on training for detection of anemia associated with barber pole worm infections. Updates on current regional projects and research on alternative parasite control will also be presented. Speaker: Katherine Petersson, Ph.D., Animal Scientist, University of Rhode Island, Dept. Fisheries, Animal and Veterinary Science

CONTACT: For more information or to register, visit vtsheepandgoat.org/event/parasite-workshops/. Contact Sam Fuller of NOFA-VT with any questions at 802-434-4122 x 14 or sam@nofavt.org.

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Friday, June 26, 2015

Sheep and Goat Integrated Parasite Control/FAMACHA training

Time: 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Description: Crooked Fence Farm, 37 Aplin Way, Putney VT

COST: $10.00 for VSGA, VGFA and NOFA-VT Members and $15.00 nonmembers. Optional $13.00 for laminated FAMACHA card.

Topics covered include small ruminant parasite ID & biology, dewormers and drug resistance, integrated parasite control practices, the FAMACHA© System including hands-on training for detection of anemia associated with barber pole worm infections. Updates on current regional projects and research on alternative parasite control will also be presented. Speaker: Katherine Petersson, Ph.D., Animal Scientist, University of Rhode Island, Dept. Fisheries, Animal and Veterinary Science

CONTACT: For more information or to register, visit vtsheepandgoat.org/event/parasite-workshops/. Contact Sam Fuller of NOFA-VT with any questions at 802-434-4122 x 14 or sam@nofavt.org.

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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Value Added Grains: Willsboro Research & Reber Rock Farms

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Description: Willsboro Research Farm 48 Sayward Lane Willsboro, NY, and Reber Rock Farm 1699 Jersey Street Essex, NY

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

Journey to an Essex County agricultural Renaissance farm, Reber Rock Farm, where they use draft horsepower to produce grains, meats, and vegetables. These are just a few of the vibrant products offered in the farm store with a pay it forward farm store credit system supporting the local foodscape. Come join farmers Racey, Nathan, Gwen, and Chad to review tillage, weed control, shared harvests and tour their draft powered farm.

Willsboro Farm is a Cornell research farm that has been conducting certified organic research since 1996. Join Cornell researcher Mike Davis, and Dr. Heather Darby of UVM Extension in a tour of the vast variety trials and innovative research projects encompassing cereal grains, fruits, forages, and greenhouses at the farm’s annual open house. Tour wagons are provided.

Willsboro Research Farm is a 350 acre farm providing diversified agricultural research for northern climates and specializing in small grains. Reber Rock Farm is an 88-acre draft powered farm on the southern edge of the Reber Valley in Essex, NY. Using draft horses for field preparation, cultivation and harvesting they produce grassfed beef, pasture raised pork, chicken and turkey, herbs, vegetables, spelt, corn, dry beans, and a plethora of value-added products including sunflower oil, maple syrup, pickles, sauces and frozen vegetables.

CONTACT: Pre-register and pay online at www.cvent.com/d/crqs47, or call Stephanie at 585-271-1979 ext. 509. Pre-registration is encouraged and closes at 4pm on 7/6/15.

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Sunday, July 19, 2015

Vermont Cheesefest

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Description: Shelburne Farms, 1611 Harbor Rd, Shelburne, VT

COST: Ticket purchase is required $50

Vermont is the premium artisanal cheese state with the highest number of cheesemakers per capita: over 40 of them! We invite you to experience our passion for making fine cheeses, taste local and fresh foods and wines, and meet the artisans who make them. Spend a high summer day along the shores of Lake Champlain at the historic Shelburne Farms Coach Barn sampling, buying, learning, and networking. Come and celebrate the season.

CONTACT: For more information and to get tickets visit vtcheesefest.com/the-event/

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Saturday, July 25, 2015

Green Mountain Draft Horse Field Day

Time: 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Description: Shelburne Farms, 1611 Harbor Rd, Shelburne, VT

COST: FREE with admission to the farm, wagon rides available $8/person

A draft horse renaissance is taking root as people become increasingly interested in sustainable agriculture, renewable forms of energy, traditional farm equipment and practices, and greater connection with the land. Currently, over one hundred farms in Vermont use animal power. Join us to celebrate this shift toward the traditional practice of farming with horse-drawn equipment during The Green Mountain Draft Horse Association’s (link is external) annual field day.

This year’s field day theme will be wheat production. Meet the farmers who use draft animal power and learn about working horse breeds including Suffolk Punch, Halflinger, Percheron, Clydesdale, Shire, and Belgian while they demonstrate plowing, seeding, reaping, binding, and threshing of wheat. A 1910 threshing machine will separate grain from the straw of oats that had previously been harvested with an antique reaper binder pulled by draft horses.

CONTACT: Shelburne Farms at 802-985-8686 or info@shelburnefarms.org for more information or with any questions.

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