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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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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Cover Crops & Pollinators

Time: 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Description: The Farm Between, Jeffersonville, VT

COST: Free

Join John and Nancy Hayden of The Farm Between, and Heather Darby, UVM Extension Agronomist, for this twilight field day on cover crop choices and their potential benefits to pollinator populations. This workshop will be beneficial to any farmers that rely on insect pollination for their crops, farmers interested in multi-use cover cropping, as well as landowners interested in pollinator conservation. This is a free event.

CONTACT: View the flyer here: www.uvm.edu/extension/cropsoil/wp-content/uploads/2014CoverCropPollinator.pdf or register at www.uvm.edu/extension/agriculture/news-events/?Page=covercrop-pollinators.html#.U8U_irG4N34

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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 5, 2014

Grass-Fed All Year Long Case Study Workshop: Rhode Island

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Description: Windmist Farm, Jamestown, RI

Part of NE-SARE's Grass-Fed All Year Long Summer Workshop Series is devoted to "Securing Farms for the Future: Production, Processing and Marketing." The summer's events feature a look at grass-fed livestock operations, offering discussions about raising grass-fed meats; livestock health and perspectives on antibiotics; and marketing meat to institutions.

Windmist Farm on Jamestown RI is known for its locally grown meat products and spectacular landscape. Meats from the farm are naturally raised on grass, free from added growth hormones or unnecessary antibiotics. The family farm raised Belted Galloways.

CONTACT: Register at docs.google.com/forms/d/1OeIvelesa0iUEc1-7GduDSPBwr84hLXfMXTlLBNahmc/viewform Or email Jean King with any questions: jean.king@uconn.edu.

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Dry Beans & Grains Field Day

Time: 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Description: Morningstar Meadows Farm,170 Dwinell Dr. Glover, VT

COST: $20

Morningstar Meadows has been growing organic grains for human consumption and animal feed in Glover, Vermont, for seven years. At the farm, Seth and Jeannette Johnson grow eight types of beans, including heirloom varieties, and 10 acres of mixed grains for a diverse livestock.

At this workshop you'll hear from Seth about weed control, harvesting, processing and their fertilizer program. UVM Extension Agronomist Heather Darby will also provide up-to-date information on research from the Northwest Crops and Soils Program.

CONTACT: Susan Brouillette at susan.brouillette@uvm.edu for more information.

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Grass-Fed All Year Long Case Study Workshop: Connecticut

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Description: Percy Thomson Meadows Farm, Bethlehem, CT

COST: Free

Part of NE-SARE's Grass-Fed All Year Long Summer Workshop Series is devoted to "Securing Farms for the Future: Production, Processing and Marketing." The summer's events feature a look at grass-fed livestock operations, offering discussions about raising grass-fed meats; livestock health and perspectives on antibiotics; and marketing meat to institutions.

Percy Thomson Meadows Farm raises fresh all natural/grass fed meat and vegetables. The Assard family has been farming in western Connecticut for generations.

CONTACT: Register at docs.google.com/forms/d/1OeIvelesa0iUEc1-7GduDSPBwr84hLXfMXTlLBNahmc/viewform Or email Jean King with any questions: jean.king@uconn.edu.

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Thursday, August 7, 2014

Grass-Fed All Year Long Case Study Workshop: Massachusetts

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Description: Wheel-View Farm, Shelburne, MA

Part of NE-SARE's Grass-Fed All Year Long Summer Workshop Series is devoted to "Securing Farms for the Future: Production, Processing and Marketing." The summer's events feature a look at grass-fed livestock operations, offering discussions about raising grass-fed meats; livestock health and perspectives on antibiotics; and marketing meat to institutions.

Wheel-View Farm in Shelburne, Mass. in the Wheeler family since 1896, raises USDA certified natural grass-fed beef. The Belted Galloway cattle graze on summer pastures and are fed grass-legume hay during the winter.

CONTACT: Register at docs.google.com/forms/d/1OeIvelesa0iUEc1-7GduDSPBwr84hLXfMXTlLBNahmc/viewform Or email Jean King with any questions: jean.king@uconn.edu.

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Getting Started with Grains

Time: 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Description: Rogers Farmstead,934 Rowell Hill Rd., Berlin, VT

COST: $20

Farmers Nate and Jessie Rogers started Rogers Farmstead in 2012. After several years looking for a farm, they established the family farm in the Dog River valley. Using sustainable and organic agriculture practices, they are improving the health of the land and the buildings as the farm grows. Please join the NW Crops & Soils team for this on-farm workshop as Nate and Jessie discuss starting a farm business, sourcing equipment, and small grain production and processing.

CONTACT: Register at www.uvm.edu/extension/agriculture/news-events/?Page=rogersfarmstead.html#.U8-_TPmzFg0, or contact Susan Brouillette at susan.brouillette@uvm.edu with any questions.

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Saturday, August 9, 2014

Vermont Beef Producers Summer Social

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Description: NEK Processing Plant, 796 Industrial Park, St. Johnsbury, VT, and Springhill Angus Farm, 2867 Maple Hill Rd.,Barton, VT

COST: Free

The Vermont Beef Producers’ Association will be having its Summer Social on Saturday, August 9th at the new federally inspected Northeast Kingdom Processing plant in Lyndonville, VT and the Springhill Angus Farm in Barton, VT. The tour of the plant will start at 9 am with our hosts Scott Oeschger, owner of Springhill Angus and manager Bob Butterfield. The new, 12,000 square foot, state of the art plant is capable of processing 50 cattle and 30-40 pigs a week as well as sheep and goats. With cooler space for aging 100 animals, the plant is equipped with modern equipment able to make burger patties of various sizes, a twist linker for all flavors of sausage and is able to process organic product. The plant also has a retail store which sells beef and pork from local producers. The facility also includes a smokehouse which makes it one of Vermont’s most modern and sophisticated plants capable of all processing needs under one roof.

The plant tour will be followed by a lunch at the Springhill Angus Farm in Barton with guest speaker, UVM Extension Specialist Joe Emenheiser, and a tour of the farm operation with Scott and Bob. This is a great opportunity to visit a very productive beef operation under careful management of a very capable and experienced staff. Bring your family, friends and farm neighbors to see Vermont’s newest and most modern USDA processing plant and enjoy a summer day in the beautiful farming community of Barton.

CONTACT: Please RSVP! Bill Emmons at 802-457-1520 or email vtangus@sover.net .

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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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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Crop Diversification, "Hay in a Day", Robotic Milkers, & Grazing

Time: 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Description: North Hardwick Dairy, 2703 Bridgman Hill Rd., Hardwick, VT

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

At North Hardwick Dairy, the Meyers are continually exploring ways to improve. At this workshop we will discuss their crop diversification and "hay in a day" system. Dr. Heather Darby, UVM Agronomist, will cover related research and on-farm trials. In the afternoon Sarah Flack, NOFA-VT Farm Advisor, will lead a pasture walk with the Meyers discussing how intensive grazing fits in with their new robotic milker. 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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Friday, September 19, 2014

Grazing, Raw Milk & Organic Certification (MASS-NOFA event)

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Description: Sidehill Farm, 59 Forget Rd., Hawley, MA

COST: $12 for NOFA members, $15 for non-members (includes lunch)

This on-farm workshop for dairy farmers and those considering dairying in Massachusetts will include a pasture walk, tour of the farm’s dairy and yogurt-processing plant, and conversations with a range of experts in the field, including:

- Host farmers Amy Klippenstein and Paul Lacinski, who will lead the tour and talk about their grazing practices, their commitment to organic management, their yogurt business, and raw milk sales. More information about their farm can be found athttp://www.sidehillfarm.net/.

- Grazier Ridge Shinn, a pioneer in the modern grass-farming movement, who farms in Hardwick. He has written extensively on how raising livestock on grass can lead to improved human health, energy savings, and an increase in carbon sequestration, soil fertility, and biodiversity. More information about Ridge can be found at ridgeshinn.com/.

- NRCS Agronomist Tom Akin, who will talk about federal programs available to assist farmers with grazing.

- Winton Pitcoff, Coordinator of the NOFA/Mass Raw Milk Network, who will discuss the regulatory, economic and management issues around producing and selling raw milk in Massachusetts. More information about the Network can be found athttp://www.nofamass.org/programs/raw-milk-network.

- Don Persons from Baystate Organics, who will be on hand to discuss the process of organic transition and certification

- Representatives of organic dairy cooperatives will be available to answer questions about their contract and marketing processes.

CONTACT: Register at www.nofamass.org/sites/default/files/attachments/Mail_in_Registration_Form.pdf. Or call Registration Coordinator Christine Rainville at 508-572-0816 with any questions.

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