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Monday, July 14, 2014

Master Shepherd Course: Fencing

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Description: Woodbourne Farm, Woodsville, NH

COST: Individual registration is $60 per class for VSGA members or $75 per class for nonmembers. Registration for the entire course is $500 and $600, respectively.

Part of the Vermont Sheep & Goat Assn. Master Shepherd Course, this session's focus is Fencing, All Aspects of Containing and Protecting

CONTACT: For more information or to register visit the VSGA website:
vtsheepandgoat.org/2013/01/chet-parsons-vsga-offer-master-shepherd-course/

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Grasstravaganza!

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Description: Morrison State College, Morrisville, NY

COST: $40 - $195, depending on date registration is received and options chosen. See registration form at grasstravaganza.morrisville.edu/assets/pdf/registration.pdf

The "Pasture Soil Health Creates Wealth" conference will feature a trade show, soil health stations and presentations by national and local grazing and soil health experts who will cover a range of topics.

Among those in the speaker lineup are; Ray Archuleta, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) “Soil Guy” from North Carolina, who travels the country promoting soil health. Archuleta has 25 years of experience with the NRCS and is a certified Professional Soil Scientist with Soil Science Society of America.

Additional speakers include: Jerry Brunetti, founder of Agri-Dynamics, a company that provides holistic animal remedies for farm, livestock, and pets; and Jim Gerrish, former University of Missouri researcher, writer, who is currently a cattle rancher and co-owner of American GrazingLands Services LLC, a consulting business that helps farmers and ranchers more effectively manage their grazing lands for economic and environmental sustainability

CONTACT: For attendee information, please contact: Anne Orth (315) 684-6843. For vendor information, please contact: Sarah Mazza (315) 684-6076 or mazzas@morrisville.edu. Register at grasstravaganza.morrisville.edu/assets/pdf/registration.pdf

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Grazing, Summer Annuals, and No Grain Organic Dairy Production

Time: 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Description: Beidler Family Farm, Randolph Ctr., VT

COST: $20, includes lunch from NOFA's wood-fired pizza oven

Brent & Regina Beidler have operated their certified organic dairy since 2000, and for more than seven years have managed their herd – now about 40 head – on a no-grain diet using just 160 acres of crop and pasture land. Join Brent Beider and UVM Agronomist Dr. Heather Darby as they lead a tour the farm to discuss grazing systems, summer annuals research, and the farm’s transition to no-grain production. This workshop was organized in collaboration with UVM Extension's Northwest Crop and Soils Program.

CONTACT: More information and registration at www.uvm.edu/extension/agriculture/news-events/?Page=summer-series.html#.U7wpfbG4N34. Or call NOFA at 802-434-4122 with any questions.

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Making the Most of Your Forages: No-Grain Organic Dairy

Time: 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Description: Beidler Family Farm, Randolph Center, VT

COST: $20, including lunch from NOFA-VT's mobile pizza oven

Brent & Regina Beidler have operated their certified organic dairy since 2000, and for more than seven years have managed their herd – now about 40 head – on a no-grain diet using just 160 acres of crop and pasture land. Join Brent Beider and UVM Agronomist Dr. Heather Darby as they lead a tour the farm to discuss grazing systems, summer annuals research, and the farm’s transition to no-grain production. This workshop was organized in collaboration with UVM Extension's Northwest Crop and Soils Program.

Lunch is provided, and will be prepared in NOFA Vermont's mobile wood-fired pizza oven.

About the Farm: Brent and Regina Beidler are members of Organic Valley/CROPP Cooperative. They have diversifed the farm operation with the long term goal of being as independent as possible from outside inputs of animal feed, bedding and energy inputs. This includes a few small grain crops for local consumers as well as their animals. Other ventures include a small beef herd and some small scale vegetable production for the local school and retail outlets.

CONTACT: Register at www.surveymonkey.com/s/V6T2YPD. Contact info@nofavt.org or 802-434-4122 for more information.

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Organic Dairy High Quality Forage Production

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Description: Stine Farm, 45540 Stine Rd, Redwood, NY

COST: $10 per person, $15 2 or more from same farm

Bill Stine of Stine Farm welcomes you to tour his farm and learn about his forage production system. Hear how he maintains production with a baleage and hay based ration. See his pasture system and learn what practices Bill has implemented to be a successful organic dairy farmer.

CONTACT: Register at netforum.avectra.com/eweb/DynamicPage.aspx?Site=NOFANY&WebCode=EventReg&evt_key=bcbbcffb-64ce-4a52-b3dd-6fcc8c51949d

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Pastured Poultry with Jeff Mattocks

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Description: Benedikt Dairy, 97 Shirley Hill Rd., Goffstown, NH 03045

COST: $25

Poultry has become a gateway livestock for many beginning farmers who recognize the benefits to the soil that can come from a properly managed pastured poultry operation. Meat birds or pastured eggs can also be a low-investment, quick turnover product that has high consumer demand and generates return customers.

The problem is that most of the production advice for poultry production beyond the backyard scale is geared towards confinement operations. Mattocks has been working with pastured poultry producers around the country for years and is familiar with their particular needs.

CONTACT:Space is limited, so pre-registration is required, and the fee for the workshop is $25. Tickets must be purchased by Sunday, July 20. If minimum registration numbers are not met, the event will be canceled and ticket fees refunded on Monday, July 21. To register, go to pasturedpoultry.eventbrite.com.

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Friday, July 25, 2014

Beef: It's Meant for Grazing

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Description: The Ortensi Farm and Equine Center, 765 Chyle Rd, Richfield Springs, NY

COST: $10 per person, $15 2 or more from same farm

Bernie and Greg Ortensi of The Ortensi Farm and Equestrian Center LLC will host a field day focused on their beef grazing operation. Join them to learn how they graze, cover crop and grow small grains for their herd. Karen Hoffman, Nutrition and Animal Scientist and Dave Roberts Grazing Specialists for USDA-NRCS will talk about ration balancing, pasture layout and how to manage pasture species for optimum forage quality. Robert Perry, NOFA-NY field crop educator, will share his insight growing small grain and cover cropping systems.

CONTACT: To pre-register and pay, shop online at tinyurl.com/shopNOFAevents or call Stephanie at 585-271-1979 ext. 509 to make payment. Registration is $10/person and $15/two or more people from the same farm. Pre-registration is encouraged and closes at 4pm on July 22nd (after this, registration will be taken at the event—please arrive 15 minutes early to walk-in register).

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

K-Line Pasture Irrigation

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Description: Horning Farm: 1700 Stiles Rd., Penn Yan, NY

COST: Free

Join Alvin Horning Jr. of Horning Farm to learn how he manages his pasture for optimum production from his herd. See his K-Line irrigation system, learn how he rotates his pastures for simplicity in irrigation. Hear how Alvin is using irrigation to maximize pasture production, mitigate the risk in extreme weather patterns and maintain high quality forage. This field day is sponsored by NOFA-NY through the USDA Risk Management Agency, Outreach and Assistance Program and supported by Organic Valley.

CONTACT: No need to register. See event details on the NOFA-NY website at www.nofany.org/events/field-days/k-line-pasture-irrigation

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Saturday, August 2, 2014

Alternative Forage Crops for Goats & Sheep

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Description: Sunny Acres Farm: 433 Flats Road, Athens, NY

COST: $10/person and $15/two or more people from the same farm

Jim and Deborah Taylor in Greene County, NY have put a lot of energy into extending their forage grazing season with brassica forages such as turnips and radishes and introducing small grains and alternative forages into their pasture management system to help control parasites and reduce grain consumption in their meat goat herd while improving animal and soil health. Come and observe their management practices at work. The group will discuss establishing alternative forages and how to incorporate them into a pasture management system. This field day is sponsored by NOFA-NY through the USDA Risk Management Agency, Outreach and Assistance Program and supported by Cornell Sheep and Goat Program.

CONTACT: To pre-register and pay, shop online at tinyurl.com/shopNOFAevents or call Stephanie at 585-271-1979 ext. 509 to make payment. Registration is $10/person and $15/two or more people from the same farm. Pre-registration is encouraged and closes at 4pm on 7/30 (after this, registration will be taken at the event—please arrive 15 minutes early to walk-in register).

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Shiitake Production: From Laying Yard to Market

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Description: Tangled Roots Farm, 300 Stagecoach Rd, Shrewsbury, VT

COST: $15 NOFA-VT members, $30 non-members

In this workshop, Maeve Mangine and Lucas Jackson will lead a tour of their shiitake laying yard during the height of the season, and will cover the basics of production with a focus on harvesting, storage and marketing. Attendees will have the opportunity to practice log inoculation. (Attendees will not be able to remove inoculated logs from the area due to concerns around transporting wood-borne pests.)

CONTACT: Register at www.surveymonkey.com/s/V6T2YPD or contact info@nofavt.org or 802-434-4122 for more information.

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Sunday, August 3, 2014

Pasture Raised Piglets to Feeders

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Description: Community Farm of Simsbury, 73 Wolcott Road, Simsbury, CT

COST: $20 member or AOLCP, $30 non-member

Learn how to care for heritage breed, pasture raised pigs in a humane manner. From feeding, watering, fencing options, breeding, housing, pasture management and all in between. Farmer Greg is a NOFA Farmer's Pledge farm owning Copper Hill Farm in Somers. Specializing in pastured nitrate free pork products, heirloom vegetables and pastured laying hens, Copper Hill Farm can be found at both the Ellington, Granby and Simsbury Farmers Markets.

CONTACT: Registration: ctnofa.wufoo.com/forms/2014-individual-onfarm-workshop-registration/

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Cornell Soil Health Train-the-Trainer Workshop

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Description: Cornell University, Emerson Hall, 236 Mann Drive, Ithaca, NY

COST: Full 4-day workshop $325 ($365 after July 15th). While the workshop is intended to be a complete, 4-day experience, optionally, participants may register separately for the following parts of the workshop (Early Bird/Regular Costs): Day 1: Field Trip ($75/$85); Day 1: Networking Dinner with the team at Statler ($39); Days 2-3: all sessions + Wednesday networking dinner included ($175/195); Day 4: Laboratory Practicum ($65/$75)

This intensive training workshop focuses on measuring and improving soil health through holistic, adaptive, and data-driven soil management. The target audience is professionals working with agricultural soil management issues.

The Cornell Soil Health Program has developed cost-effective, publically available methods for soil health testing to assess agronomically and environmentally important soil processes such as aeration, infiltration, water storage, drainage, root growth, disease pressure, biological activity, nutrient storage and release, etc. Specific management recommendations are developed to address quantified soil health constraints, and changes can be monitored over time.

This workshop includes a mix of classroom training, hands-on field and laboratory experience, and opportunities to network with national and international colleagues. Participants will learn about soil health principles, analysis, reporting, interpretation, and management from experts. The workshop includes a field trip to local farms to discuss adopted soil health practices, field assessment of soil health status, and appropriate management options, as well as a lab practicum. While the workshop is intended to be a complete 4-day experience, we are enabling participation in chosen components this year to meet stakeholder needs.

* Day 1, Tues 8/12: Soil Health Applications Field Trip - 8 am - 5:30 pm (followed by networking dinner)
* Day 2, Wed 8/13: Soil Health Basics, Assessment, and Management - 9 am - 5 pm (followed by networking dinner)
* Day 3, Thur 8/14: Soil Health Management Planning and Implementation Frontiers - 8 am - 4:30 pm
* Day 4, Fri 8/15: Cornell Soil Health Laboratory Practicum, 8 am - 5 pm

CONTACT: www.cvent.com/events/2014-cornell-soil-health-train-the-trainer-workshop/event-summary-b037cadb2ddd433bacf1903e4bd01ef8.aspx for more information or to register. 607-255-2177 for more information. REGISTRATION CLOSES JULY 30.

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Cornell Soil Health Train-the-Trainer Workshop

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Cornell Soil Health Train-the-Trainer Workshop

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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Friday, August 15, 2014

Cornell Soil Health Train-the-Trainer Workshop

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Making the Most of Your Forages: Annuals, Irrigation, Cow Health

Time: 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Description: Fournier Farms, 101 Campbell Bay Rd., Swanton, VT

COST: $20, includes lunch

Earl Fournier transitioned to organic dairy in 2004. In this workshop he'll share forage production tips and health management strategies. Earl and Dr. Heather Darby, UVM Agronomist, will cover how summer annuals and irrigation can get you through the summer slump. This workshop was organized in collaboration with UVM Extension's Northwest Crop and Soils Program.

Lunch will be provided by the NOFA mobile wood-fired oven.

Workshop will run rain or shine.

CONTACT: Register at www.surveymonkey.com/s/V6T2YPD or contact info@nofavt.org or 802-434-4122 for more information.

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Avian Anatomy and How to Perform a Necropsy

Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Description: Online webinar at connect.extension.iastate.edu/poultry

COST: Free

If you have a chicken die, you can perform your own necropsy (animal version of an autopsy). Dr. David Frame will be discussing avian anatomy so you know what the insides should look like and how to perform your own necropsy. David D. Frame is an associate professor in the Animal, Dairy, and Veterinary Sciences Department at Utah State University, specializing in poultry diseases and production management. Dr. Frame currently serves as the USU Extension Poultry Specialist with an additional assignment as poultry diagnostician for the Utah Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory. He also actively participates in providing community education classes in backyard poultry raising. Before beginning a professional career in poultry, Dr. Frame extensively bred and showed exhibition chickens.

CONTACT: More information at learn.extension.org/events/1484#.U7wSlLG4N34

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Soils, Foliar Sprays & Nutrient Dense Forages

Time: 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Description: Butterworks Farm, Trumpass Road, Westfield, VT

COST: $20, includes lunch from the NOFA-VT wood-fred pizza oven

Jack and Anne Lazor have been growing organic forages for their Jersey cows since 1976. Through careful soil management and foliar feeding, they've incrased their forage feed value to the point where it supports milk production with minimal supplementary grain. UVM Agronomist Dr. Heather Darby will join Jack Lazor to lead a farm tour, share strategies for increasing the energy and photosynthetic capacity of your crops, and demonstrate blending and applying your own "chicken soup for the soil”. This workshop was organized in collaboration with UVM Extension's Northwest Crop and Soils Program.

CONTACT: More information and registration are available here: www.uvm.edu/extension/agriculture/news-events/?Page=summer-series.html. Or contact NOFA at 802-434-4122 or info@nofavt.org with any questions.

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