On-Farm Workshops and Events

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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. 

2015 & 2016 Events Presented By (or Partnering With) VPN

May 21  Pasture Planting and Fertility Improvement at the Lynd Farm, Cabot VT
Join the Lynds for an informal pasture and farm walk looking at different plot plantings for our pastures, just before the first grazing of the season.  They have been working with UVM Extension’s Dan Hudson to compare various improved grass and legume species/varieties alone and in combinations, including several that are relatively new to Vermont grazing systems.  They’ll also be talking about what they have done to improve soil fertility through irrigation, applying wood ash and manure, and rotational grazing.

May 27 OR 28  Understanding Plants to Improve Pasture Management
10 am to 3 pm     Cost: FREE
May 27 Howlett Farm (sheep), 2395 Towne Hill Rd., East Montpelier, VT
May 28
Island Acres Farm (dairy) 354 Route 2, South Hero, VT
Topics covered include: woody and herbaceous plants suitable for grazing, plant identification, how plants grow, and how to avoid overgrazing for an optimal summer feed management program. The workshop will also highlight NRCS conservation practices used in grazing management systems. This workshop is open to the public. Farmers will gain a better understanding of NRCS’ conservation practices and grazing planning approach. Instructors include Dr. Sid Bosworth, Dr. Bruce Howlett, and conservationists from VT-NRCS.

October 23 VGFA Annual Meeting and First Look at the Draft RAPs
VTC Red Schoolhouse, Randolph Center, VT  Cost: FREE
1 to 4 pm, with refreshments starting at 12:30
Come join us for a celebration of the closing days of the grazing season, a review of VGFA’s activities supporting the grass-farming community, and an opportunity to see (and comment on) the draft Required Agricultural Practices (RAPs) which will become law next year.
Eventbrite - VGFA Annual Meeting and First Look at
              the Draft RAPs

Save the dates!

The 20th Annual Vermont Grazing & Livestock Conference will take place January 15 & 16, 2016 at the Lake Morey Resort in Fairlee, VT.  Keynote speaker: Jim Gerrish, more details coming soon.

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