On-Farm Workshops and Events
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
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
May 27 OR 28 Understanding Plants to Improve Pasture
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,
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.
Save the dates!
Dr. Tim Safranksi will be returning to Vermont for
technical assistance visits and on-farm workshops.
August 18-21, more details to come.
attending an event? Have event ideas or requests?
Contact Pasture Program
Coordinator Jenn Colby