Seasonal On-Farm Events and Winter Workshops and

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          walkPasture walks are one of the very best ways for experienced or beginning farmers and agricultural service providers to learn from one another.  Each host farmer has tricks and tips for managing their own systems to its best advantage.  Often service providers, such as USDA-NRCS field agents or grazing consultants can add new information, review grazing or animal health concepts, share ideas gathered from outside sources, and learn along with everyone else.  Sometimes there are challenges on the farm, which visitors can help problem solve with a new perspective on the situation.  Pasture walks help connect all ages, interests and experience levels to one another. 

2017 Events Presented By (or Partnering With) VPN

January 20 & 21       Vermont Grazing & Livestock Conference
                                   Lake Morey Resort, Fairlee, VT
                                   Full conference page here.
                                   Online schedule here.

February 10               Bedded Pack Manure Management Workshop
                                   Middlebury Extension Office, Middlebury, VT
                                   10 am to 3 pm (refreshments at 9:30)
                                   Register online here.

February 17               Bedded Pack Manure Management Workshop
                                   Cedar Mountain Farm, Hartland, VT
                                   10 am to 3 pm (refreshments at 9:30)
                                    Register online here.

                                    Did you miss these events and want to learn
                                    about bedded packs on your own? 
                                    Here is our collection of resource materials.

June 26-30                 Sterling College's School of the New American Farmstead
                                    Grazing and Soil Building with Gwyneth Harris, Jenn Colby,
                                    Sarah Flack, and Judith Schwartz
                                    Learn more about this week and other related sessions here.

August 14                 
Grass-Fed and Grass-Finished: Beyond the Basics
                                    with Jim Gerrish
                                    Lucas Cattle Company, Orwell, VT
                                    10 am to 3 pm (includes lunch)
                                    More details and online registration here.

August 15                   Grazing Research Field Day & Pasture Walk with Jim Gerrish
                                     Philo Ridge Farm, Charlotte, VT
                                     10 am to 3:30 pm (includes lunch)
                                    
More details and online registration here.

August 17                   Grass-Fed Beef: Optimizing Productivity and Profitability
                                    Shat Acres Farm, Greensboro and
                                    Snug Valley Farm, East Hardwick, VT
                                    10 am to 4 pm (includes lunch)
                                     More details and online registration here.

August 18                   Wrapping Up the Vermont Pasture Tour with Jim Gerrish
                                     Vermont Wagyu at Spring-Rock Farm, Springfield, VT
                                     1 to 4 pm
                                    
More details and online registration here.
Want to attend the entire week of Jim Gerrish events and
get a 15% discount on the cost?  Register here!
                                                          


August 21-25            Celebrate Clean Water Week with Grass Farms!

September 16            Pasture Management & Livestock Integration
                                   Wild Roots Farm (Regenerative Farming Series)
                                   10 am to 2 pm
                                    Pre-Registration required through Wild Roots Farm  

October 20                [2nd Annual] Reclaiming a Pasture-Based Hill Farm 
                                   Howling Wolf Farm, Randolph, VT
                                   

Interested in attending an event?  Have event ideas or requests?
Contact Pasture Program Coordinator Jenn Colby

Please note that If ​you ​require ​accessibility ​accommodations ​to ​participate ​in ​this ​program, ​please ​let ​Cheryl ​Herrick ​(802) ​656-5459 ​know ​by approximately three weeks before the event date ​so ​we ​may ​assist ​you.

Many of our workshops are supported by USDA Risk Management (RMA).  The ​RMA ​provides ​risk ​management ​and ​financial ​tools ​to ​Vermontís ​farmers ​with ​information ​through ​education ​and ​outreach ​programs. ​More ​information ​is ​available ​at: www.rma.usda.gov. ​

This ​institution ​is ​an ​equal ​opportunity ​provider. University of Vermont Extension, and U.S. Department of Agriculture, cooperating, offer education and employment to everyone without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, and marital or familial status.