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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Youth Farm Safety Days

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Description: Carson Farm, 187 Montebello Rd., Newbury, VT

COST: Free with lunch provided.

Please be invited to attend this free opportunity for kids 12 to 18.

Hands-on Workshops
- Fire extinguisher operation
- How to safely handle livestock
- Tractor and machinery safety
- Basic Farm First Aid

CONTACT: Registration is required by July 6. For more information or to register by phone: call Martha Manning, at (802) 524-6501 ext 449, or send an e-mail to Martha.manning@uvm.edu

To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Martha Manning at 802-524-6501 by July 2nd so we may assist you.

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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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Thursday, July 9, 2015

UVM Extension Equine Workshop

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Description: East Hill Farm, 540 Gonyeau Rd., Plainfield, VT

COST: Free

Farm owners can make sure their farms are in compliance with upcoming state regulations. They will learn:

What does the H.35: Water Quality Bill mean for their farm
How to create nutrient management plans, and proactive methods to comply with regulations
How to collect a soil sample and interpret the results, and choosing and applying lime and fertilizers
Manure basics and storage, composting and land application.
Tips for choosing or improving arena footing

This workshop would be beneficial to all farmers (dairy, equine, swine, etc.).

CONTACT: Participants should pre-register to receive handouts and a FREE soil test by emailing marcia.purvis@uvm.edu or calling 802-656-2071. For more info: asci.uvm.edu/equine/workshop_2015.pdf

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Friday, July 10, 2015

UVM Extension Equine Workshop

Time: 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Description: Hitching Post Farm, 2096 Back River Rd, S. Royalton, VT

COST: Free

Farm owners can make sure their farms are in compliance with upcoming state regulations. They will learn:

What does the H.35: Water Quality Bill mean for their farm
How to create nutrient management plans, and proactive methods to comply with regulations
How to collect a soil sample and interpret the results, and choosing and applying lime and fertilizers
Manure basics and storage, composting and land application.
Tips for choosing or improving arena footing

This workshop would be beneficial to all farmers (dairy, equine, swine, etc.).

CONTACT: Participants should pre-register to receive handouts and a FREE soil test by emailing marcia.purvis@uvm.edu or calling 802-656-2071. For more info: asci.uvm.edu/equine/workshop_2015.pdf

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Certified Organic Agriculture: Planning Your Dairy's Transition

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Description: Alfred State College Farm, 1315 New York 244, Alfred, NY

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

Join Alfred State Organic Dairy Farm Manager, Virginia Chamberlain, and the NOFA-NY certification team to learn from the ground up what organic dairy certification is all about. You can “Hit the Ground Running” after this in-depth look at the organic transition process, applying for certification, record keeping and field requirements for your farm. A farm tour and pasture walk will be included. Although this is an organic dairy based program, the information is relevant to all livestock producers and anyone interested in organic certification. Erika Worden, dairy program expert from NOFA-NY Certified Organic LLC, will offer an overview of the certification process and answer any questions about organic certification.

CONTACT: To pre-register and pay, shop online or call Stephanie at 585-271-1979 ext. 509. Pre-registration is encouraged and closes at 4pm on 7/12/15.

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Youth Farm Safety Days

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Description: Carson Farm, 187 Montebello Rd., Newbury, VT

COST: Free with lunch provided.

Please be invited to attend this free opportunity for kids 12 to 18.

Hands-on Workshops
- Fire extinguisher operation
- How to safely handle livestock
- Tractor and machinery safety
- Basic Farm First Aid

CONTACT: Registration is required by July 13. For more information or to register by phone: call Martha Manning, at (802) 524-6501 ext 449, or send an e-mail to Martha.manning@uvm.edu

To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Martha Manning at 802-524-6501 by July 2nd so we may assist you.

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Managing Cows, Pasture & Nutrients

Time: 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Description: Spring Brook Farm, 3786 Vermont Route 100, Westfield, VT

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

Water quality has been a hot topic in Vermont this year. Organic standards address issues of erosion prevention and require farming practices that promote healthy soils and water. For dairy farmers these practices can also promote profitability and animal health. Join NOFA-VT at Spring Brook Farm in Westfield, within the Lake Champlain watershed, for a workshop to discuss herd management, grazing and other practices to best manage nutrients on the farm.

CONTACT: Sam Fuller at sam@nofavt.org or (802) 434-4122 ext. 14

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Keeping Old Tractors Alive and Well

Time: 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Description: Lewis Creek Farm,3071 VT-116, Starksboro, VT

COST: $20 NOFA or VVBGA members, $30 for everyone else.

Join Hank Bissell from Lewis Creek Farm as he discusses tricks and techniques on how to maintain older tractors and keep them in peak performance. Topics and hands-on demonstrations will range from maintenance issues, repair tips, finding parts, and general well-being of older tractors.

CONTACT: Register at nofavt.org/ows/registration. Contact Rachel Fussell at rachel@nofavt.org or (802) 434-4122 ext. 28 for more information.

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Thursday, July 16, 2015

Advanced Dairy Reproductive Management

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Description: Vermont Technical College, 1 Main St., Randolph Center, VT

COST: $350

This course is designed to help farmers with artificial insemination skills further improve their dairy reproductive management skills. Students will learn methods of assessing herd reproductive performance using records, ways to manage the common diseases which affect reproductive performance and the pros and cons of several methods of pregnancy detection including blood testing, ultrasound and palpation strategies. This course will have several hours of practical farm laboratory. 8 hours lecture, 8 hours laboratory.

CONTACT: Rachel Arsenault at rarsenault@vtc.edu or 802-728-1677

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Friday, July 17, 2015

Advanced Dairy Reproductive Management

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Description: Vermont Technical College, 1 Main St., Randolph Center, VT

COST: $350

(Please see details with 7/16 event.)

CONTACT: Rachel Arsenault at rarsenault@vtc.edu or 802-728-1677

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Saturday, July 18, 2015

Making Better Use of Forages and Pasture Systems

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Description: Wild Acres Family Farm, 5963 Rt. 98, Great Valley, NY

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

Join NOFA-NY and Don Wild at Wild Acres Family Farm to learn how to make better use of your forages through small scale intensive pasture management. Don Wild will demonstrate how he manages his pastures for optimum health in his sheep flock, reducing pest pressures while producing a highly nutritious forage diet. He will show examples of expanding your grazing capacity through incorporating small grains, summer annuals and alternative forages into your pasture plan. Don will also discuss fencing options including polywire, polytape, electro netting and high tensile fencing. Dr. tatiana Stanton from Cornell University will discuss the on-farm study that Wild Acres is part of, looking at the effect of grazing birdsfoot trefoil on parasitic worm populations in sheep.

CONTACT: To pre-register and pay, visit www.cvent.com/events/making-better-use-of-forages-and-pasture-systems/event-summary-33fb6d3afe7f4c269db92d682659180f.aspx or call Stephanie at 585-271-1979 ext. 509.

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Sunday, July 19, 2015

Vermont Cheesemakers Festival

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! You're invited to experience the Vermont 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

The Piggery & Bluebird Dream Farm: A Cooperative Farm Adventure

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Description: The Piggery, 5948 Sycamore Creek Drive, Trumansburg, NY

COST: $25/person or $40 for two or more people/farm

Join NOFA-NY, Nicholas Martielli of Bluebird Dream Farm and Brad Marshall of The Piggery for an educational on farm field day. Learn how these two farmers are working together to produce exceptional livestock products. The morning program will focus on Bluebird Dream Farm. They will show and discuss, as a relatively new operation, what they have learned about the ups and downs of running a medium sized (~2000 pastured turkeys/year) operation at the Piggery in New York's Finger Lakes Region. This mostly wholesale operation produces turkey products as well as a Thanksgiving turkey run for both wholesale and direct markets. They are raised on locally grown, non GMO grain, and certified organic pastures. The goal is to use this operation as a springboard for further diversification and transition into a worker owned enterprise.

The afternoon talk will show how The Piggery took control of its feed supply by building a simple, on-site electric feed mill for under five thousand dollars. Then we will take a look at The Piggery's freely available Feedulator app to talk about different ways farms can customize feeds for their own goals while saving money. For instance, we will look at a diet that creates firmer pork compared to the standard hog finisher available from local feed mills. And it's cheaper! The Piggery is a family-owned butcher shop featuring pork & house-made charcuterie from their Trumansburg, NY-based farm as well as pork, beef, chicken, dairy and produce from other local farms. They are a pastured small-scale operation and work with other farms raising their animals the same way. The day’s program will include lunch featuring products from The Piggery.

CONTACT: To pre-register and pay,visit www.cvent.com/events/the-piggery-and-bluebird-dream-farm-an-adventure-in-cooperative-farming/event-summary-9d35ce71b3fc4c94ac807e1b2cb73b5c.aspx or call Stephanie at 585-271-1979 ext. 509. Pre-registration is encouraged and closes at 4pm on July 23rd.

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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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