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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, 754 Monument Street, Concord, MA, 01742

COST: $50, with some scholarship available

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: 11 University Way, Brattleboro, VT 05301

COST: $50, with some scholarship available

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, 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 05450

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

Draft Animal Power Field Days

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Cummington Fairgrounds, Cummington MA

COST: $120 for Thursday Intensive Workshops, by pre-registration only. Workshop fee includes a weekend pass to the event. (Apprentice fee $100)

This full day of workshops includes four sessions: Beginning Teamsters, Beginning with Oxen, Train the Trainer, and Draft-Animal Powered Forestery.

CONTACT: Register or read more at www.draftanimalpower.org/dap-field-days/vendors/ Or else print out the online registration form and mail it with your check to: DAPFD, 271 Plank Road, Vergennes, VT 05491

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Friday, September 25, 2015

Draft Animal Power Field Days

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Cummington Fairgrounds, Cummington MA

COST: 1 Day: $15, Weekend Pass: $25, Under 16 & Over 65: Free

The weekend's offerings include tracks devoted to Horses, Oxen, Logging, Produce/Field Work, Foresty and More. See the complete line-up at www.draftanimalpower.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/2015fd_schedule.pdf

CONTACT: Register or read more at www.draftanimalpower.org/dap-field-days/vendors/ Or else print out the online registration form and mail it with your check to: DAPFD, 271 Plank Road, Vergennes, VT 05491

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Saturday, September 26, 2015

Draft Animal Power Field Days

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Cummington Fairgrounds, Cummington MA

COST: 1 Day: $15, Weekend Pass: $25, Under 16 & Over 65: Free

The weekend's offerings include tracks devoted to Horses, Oxen, Logging, Produce/Field Work, Foresty and More. See the complete line-up at www.draftanimalpower.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/2015fd_schedule.pdf

CONTACT: Register or read more at www.draftanimalpower.org/dap-field-days/vendors/ Or else print out the online registration form and mail it with your check to: DAPFD, 271 Plank Road, Vergennes, VT 05491

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Sunday, September 27, 2015

Draft Animal Power Field Days

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Cummington Fairgrounds, Cummington MA

COST: by donation

CONTACT: Register or read more at www.draftanimalpower.org/dap-field-days/vendors/ Or else print out the online registration form and mail it with your check to: DAPFD, 271 Plank Road, Vergennes, VT 05491

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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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Monday, October 5, 2015

Managing Grazing Land for Health, Productivity and Profit (MA)

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Description: Cricket Creek Farm, Williamstown, MA

COST: NOFA/Mass Member - $75; Non-member - $94

Passionate about purveying profitable pastures? Did you know the answers are right under your feet? Join in on the “grass whispering” with veteran grass farmer and grazing professional Troy Bishopp as he leads participants through the plant-animal-microbe dynamic of managing grazing land. Workshop topics will include practical goal-setting; pasture planning and recordkeeping; measuring grass production and fertility; grazing management techniques; reading the soil surface; improving animal and financial performance; infrastructure concerns: and learning to use pasture systems that reduce stress and fun to use.

There are a limited number of registrations available for this workshop, pre-registration well ahead of time is recommended.

CONTACT: To register or for more information, see www.nofamass.org/events/managing-grazing-land-increased-health-productivity-and-profit. Or contact Glenn Oliveira, Education Events Organizer, at glenn@nofamass.org or 774-678-9644.

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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Farmstead & Artisan Cheeses: From Concept to Commerce

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Description: Vermont Technical College - Agriculture Institute, 1 Main St., Randolph Center, VT, 05061

COST: $125

Artisan cheesemaking is a great fit for sustainable farming. As a value-added component of a sustainable farming plan, cheesemaking can be another step in the holistic cycle of land to food. Today, the United States has nearly 1,000 artisan cheesemakers, with more starting up each year. However, the path to success in is not always easy, in part due to the multiple factors involved in making good quality cheeses as well as the current competitive market.

CONTACT: More information at www.vtc.edu/farmstead-and-artisan-cheeses-concept-commerce, or contact Rachel ARsenault at rarsenault@vtc.edu, or 802-728-1677

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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Essential Principles & Practices of Cheesemaking

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Description: Vermont Technical College - Agriculture Institute, 1 Main St., Randolph Center, VT, 05061

COST: $1,000

This five-day course is a practical and comprehensive technical guide to cheese technology and the principles governing the quality of cheese. During this intensive course, participants will learn the fundamentals of cheesemaking, quality control practices, and useful considerations in starting a small-scale cheesemaking business. The first section focuses on the chemistry of milk and the different aspects defining the quality of cheesemaking milk. The second part describes the principles of cheesemaking and the different families of cheese and also includes comprehensive hands-on demonstrations in making three different cheese styles: a fresh acid-coagulated soft cheese, a bloomy rind variety, and a semi-hard cheese. The last section of the program focuses on how to monitor and control the fundamental factors driving the quality of the product. This course is taught by Dr. Montserrat Almena-Aliste, Rick Woods of Farmstead Cheese, and Linda Dimmick of Neighborly Farms. All cheesemaking exercises will be completed at Neighborly Farms.

CONTACT: See the VTC website for details at www.vtc.edu/essential-principles-and-practices-cheesemaking, or contact Rachel Arsenault at rarsenault@vtc.edu or 802-728-1677

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Thursday, October 8, 2015

Essential Principles & Practices of Cheesemaking

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Description: Vermont Technical College - Agriculture Institute, 1 Main St., Randolph Center, VT, 05061

COST: $1,000

(Please see details with 10/7/15 event.)

CONTACT: See the VTC website for details at www.vtc.edu/essential-principles-and-practices-cheesemaking, or contact Rachel Arsenault at rarsenault@vtc.edu or 802-728-1677

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Practical Soil Science for Farmers Part 1: Soil Nutrient Mgmt.

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Description: Vermont Technical College, Langevin House 593 Furnace St., Randolph, VT

COST: $50/workshop for NOFA-VT members, $60 for non-members. Lunch included

New requirements about nutrient management based on the proposed water quality bill place new attention on soil fertility management. Dive into soil science to gain a better understanding of soil test results from pH to micronutrients, select and calculate amendments while keeping an eye on cost, source, timing and yield benefits. Bring your soil test results.

CONTACT: Rachel Fussell at rachel@nofavt.org or (802) 434-4122. Or register online at nofavt.org/fallworkshops/registration.

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Friday, October 9, 2015

Essential Principles & Practices of Cheesemaking

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Description: Vermont Technical College - Agriculture Institute, 1 Main St., Randolph Center, VT, 05061

COST: $1,000

(Please see details with 10/7/15 event.)

CONTACT: See the VTC website for details at www.vtc.edu/essential-principles-and-practices-cheesemaking, or contact Rachel Arsenault at rarsenault@vtc.edu or 802-728-1677

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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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Saturday, October 10, 2015

Essential Principles & Practices of Cheesemaking

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Description: Vermont Technical College - Agriculture Institute, 1 Main St., Randolph Center, VT, 05061

COST: $1,000

(Please see details with 10/7/15 event.)

CONTACT: See the VTC website for details at www.vtc.edu/essential-principles-and-practices-cheesemaking, or contact Rachel Arsenault at rarsenault@vtc.edu or 802-728-1677

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Sunday, October 11, 2015

Essential Principles & Practices of Cheesemaking

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Description: Vermont Technical College - Agriculture Institute, 1 Main St., Randolph Center, VT, 05061

COST: $1,000

(Please see details with 10/7/15 event.)

CONTACT: See the VTC website for details at www.vtc.edu/essential-principles-and-practices-cheesemaking, or contact Rachel Arsenault at rarsenault@vtc.edu or 802-728-1677

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Monday, October 12, 2015

Sensory Evaluation of Cheese

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Description: Vermont Technical College - Agriculture Institute, 1 Main St., Randolph Center, VT, 05061

COST: $125

One of the main factors driving consumer choice is the sensory quality of the final product. This one-day workshop will provide you with the fundamental tools to control and define the sensory quality of cheese, offering basic sensory training to describe and record the sensory characteristics of your cheese, as well as resourceful information and quality control systems to prevent defects in cheese. This intensive course, offered by cheese technologist and sensory scientist Dr. Montserrat Almena-Aliste (former VIAC instructor), combines practical hands-on exercises with technical lectures, making it very interesting and enjoyable but at the same time offering very valuable information to prevent making, selling or buying defective products. The course is also an unique opportunity to improve your food sensory skills and the understanding of cheese quality to everyone involved with cheese, from beginners and advanced cheesemakers, marketing and sales representatives to quality managers, technicians, cheese mongers, chefs, and everyone else that would like to explore the fascinating world of cheese. Cheesemakers are welcome to bring samples of their products for evaluation to get practical feedback from Dr. Almena-Aliste.

CONTACT: More information on the VTC website at www.vtc.edu/sensory-evaluation-cheese, or contact Rachel Arsenault at rarsenault@vtc.edu or 802-728-1677.

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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: Green Mountain College, Poultney, VT

COST: $50, with some scholarship available

This workshop at the Green Mountain College farm will feature hands-on activities including practice driving and hitching implements. You’ll learn the fundamentals of safe tractor operation for beginning operators, and how tractors and PTOs work. Please register by October 6.

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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Saturday, October 24, 2015

Allan Savory Lecture at E.F. Schumacher Lecture

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Description: Churchtown Dairy Round Barn, Churchtown, NY

COST: $100, includes lunch and tour of the buildings

Themes of "redemption and transcendence" will run strong at the 35th Annual E.F. Schumacher Lectures entitled "Cattle & Kelp: Agriculture in a New Economy" to be delivered by Allan Savory and Bren Smith. Both Savory and Smith tell stories of ecological redemption through a new approach to agriculture. Both have developed agricultural models based on natural systems. And both offer methods for farming that can fix carbon, clean our waters, and produce food more abundantly. Savory, widely thought to be the father of modern pasture management approaches, developed a “holistic management” model to reverse desertification throughout the world’s vital grasslands, while Bren Smith cultivates kelp and shellfish using a model that he has dubbed “3-D ocean farming.”

CONTACT: Buy tickets at www.centerforneweconomics.org/register, or by sending a check to the Schumacher Center for a New Economics at 140 Jug End Road, Great Barrington, MA 01230

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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Draft Horse Workshop

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Fair Winds Farm, 511 Upper Dummerston Road, Brattleboro, VT

COST: $495 per person or $940 for two people from the same farm

These workshops focus on building your skills & confidence in harnessing, hitching, driving & horse management. It will use a single horse and teams for hands on experience and individual instruction. You will drive from the ground, on a wagon and a forecart. The workshop covers horse management including the basics of safety, handling, foot care, feeding and horse health. There is a lot of emphasis placed on clear communication through effective use of the drivers hands and voice. Technical driving skill development is achieved with lots of time in the drivers’ seat and one- on- one instruction. Put your hands on the harness to learn about different styles, correct adjustment & fit.

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

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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Draft Horse Workshop

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Fair Winds Farm, 511 Upper Dummerston Road, Brattleboro, VT

COST: $495 per person or $940 for two people from the same farm

See 10/27 event for more information.

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

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Thursday, October 29, 2015

Draft Horse Workshop

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Fair Winds Farm, 511 Upper Dummerston Road, Brattleboro, VT

COST: $495 per person or $940 for two people from the same farm

See 10/27 event for more information.

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

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Friday, October 30, 2015

Draft Horse Workshop

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Fair Winds Farm, 511 Upper Dummerston Road, Brattleboro, VT

COST: $495 per person or $940 for two people from the same farm

See 10/27 event for more information.

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

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