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Monday, August 31, 2015

Demystifying Organic Certification for New Farmers (NOFA-NY)

Time: 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Description: Ironwood Farm 103 County Route 9 Ghent, New York 12075

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

Join NOFA-NY and the farmers Jenny, Lauren and Aliyah of Ironwood Farm for a day of learning about organic certification as it applies to beginning farmers. They will cover all of their variables in the first year – from getting a Carrot Project loan, keeping good records of invoices on QuickBooks to help with the NOFA harvest logs, looking for land that could be certified immediately, what it meant to them to be certified, both philosophically and from a business perspective. NOFA-NY Certified Organic LLC will also guide you through the certification process including what to expect and certification costs. Enjoy a farm tour where we will walk and talk about all aspects of land certification.

Ironwood Farm grows organic vegetables and fruits on seven acres of leased land in Ghent, NY. They sell produce in farmer's markets, CSA shares (community supported agriculture), and wholesale to restaurants, shops and resellers in the Hudson Valley.

CONTACT: Pre-register and pay online at www.cvent.com/d/1rqdxb, or call Stephanie at 585-271-1979 ext. 509. Pre-registration closes at 4pm on August 28th.

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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Vegetable Tunnel Production with Andy Jones

Time: 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Description: Intervale Community Farm, 128 Intervale Rd., Burlington, VT

COST: $20 NOFA & VVBGA members, $30 non-members

Join Andy Jones from the Intervale Community Farm to discuss a vegetable tunnel production on your farm. Topics include new house selection, small house and big house tomato production, pepper production, soil fertility and greenhouse insect management.

CONTACT: Maddie Monty at info@nofavt.org or (802) 434-4122

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Thursday, September 17, 2015

Vermont Master Composter Course 2015

Time: 6:15 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Description: The course is offered statewide at the following Vermont Interactive Technologies sites: Bennington, Brattleboro, Johnson, Lyndon, Middlebury, Montpelier, Newport, Randolph Ctr., Rutland, Springfield, St. Albans, White River Jct., Williston

COST: $50, which includes four classes, an online course guide, and additional course materials.

The four-session Composting is practical, convenient and inexpensive. Learn how to turn food scraps and yard trimmings into compost for healthier, nutrient rich soil for your garden, lawn, trees and even houseplants. This 4-session course is an in-depth study of backyard composting taught by professionals within Vermont's green industry. Course topics include Biology of Composting, Worm Composting, Recipe Design, Compost Use for Disease Control, Site and Container Selection, Vermont's New Universal Recycling Law, Managing the Compost Process, Trouble Shooting, Educational Outreach/Partnerships.

CONTACT: Registration deadline is Sep. 11. Link to registration and more information can be found here: www.uvm.edu/mastergardener/master-composter/?Page=course.html#.VbeAPPlWvR_. Or contact Lisa at 802-656-9562 or master.gardener@uvm.edu with any additional questions.

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Monday, September 21, 2015

Irrigation, Pasture Renovation, and Cow Health

Time: 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Description: Stony Pond Farm, 336 Emch Drive, Enosburg Falls, VT 05450

COST: $20 per person, includes lunch from the NOFA-VT Pizza Oven

Join UVM Extension Northwest Crops and Soils Program (NWCS) and Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFA-VT) for an event in their Summer Organic Dairy Series. Knowing strategies for dealing with challenges, such as cow health complications, implementing irrigation, and improving soil quality, can improve farm profitability and ease the stress of management. In addition to talking to the Webb’s , we will be joined by a trained veterinarian to discuss tools for identifying and treating common metabolic diseases such as milk fever, ketosis, and grass tetany.

CONTACT: Please register online by September 11 at www.nofavt.org/ows (Visa or Mastercard accepted). Or you can download, complete and return form from above website to: NOFA-Vermont (NOFA-VT), PO Box 697, Richmond, VT 05477 or call 802-434-4122. Please make checks payable: NOFA-VT Write ‘On-Farm Workshop Series’ in Memo Field.

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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Vermont Master Composter Course 2015

Time: 6:15 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Description: The course is offered statewide at the following Vermont Interactive Technologies sites: Bennington, Brattleboro, Johnson, Lyndon, Middlebury, Montpelier, Newport, Randolph Ctr., Rutland, Springfield, St. Albans, White River Jct., Williston

COST: $50, which includes four classes, an online course guide, and additional course materials.

(Please see details with Sep. 17 event.)

CONTACT: Registration deadline is Sep. 11. Link to registration and more information can be found here: www.uvm.edu/mastergardener/master-composter/?Page=course.html#.VbeAPPlWvR_. Or contact Lisa at 802-656-9562 or master.gardener@uvm.edu with any additional questions.

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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Fall Feed Inventory and Land Improvements

Time: 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Description: McKnight Farm, 440 Snow Hill Road, E. Montpelier, VT 05651

COST: $20 per person, includes lunch from the NOFA-VT Pizza Oven

Join UVM Extension Northwest Crops and Soils Program (NWCS) and Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFA-VT) for an event in their Summer Organic Dairy Series. Farmers who take careful inventory of their stored forages can plan ahead for optimal nutrition through the winter as well as avoiding shortcomings in feed quality and milk production. Join us at McKnight Farm to discuss strategies for evaluating feed stock needs and action plans. Additional topics will include grazing, land improvements including tillage, establishing new seedings, 'new' species, and managing soil fertility.

CONTACT: Please register online by September 20 at www.nofavt.org/ows (Visa or Mastercard accepted). Or you can download, complete and return form from above website to: NOFA-Vermont (NOFA-VT), PO Box 697, Richmond, VT 05477 or call 802-434-4122. Please make checks payable: NOFA-VT Write ‘On-Farm Workshop Series’ in Memo Field.

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Thursday, October 1, 2015

Vermont Master Composter Course 2015

Time: 6:15 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Description: The course is offered statewide at the following Vermont Interactive Technologies sites: Bennington, Brattleboro, Johnson, Lyndon, Middlebury, Montpelier, Newport, Randolph Ctr., Rutland, Springfield, St. Albans, White River Jct., Williston

COST: $50, which includes four classes, an online course guide, and additional course materials.

(Please see details with Sep. 17 event.)

CONTACT: Registration deadline is Sep. 11. Link to registration and more information can be found here: www.uvm.edu/mastergardener/master-composter/?Page=course.html#.VbeAPPlWvR_. Or contact Lisa at 802-656-9562 or master.gardener@uvm.edu with any additional questions.

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Monday, October 5, 2015

Managing Grazing Land for Health, Productivity and Profit (MA)

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Description: Cricket Creek Farm, Williamstown, MA

COST: NOFA/Mass Member - $75; Non-member - $94

Passionate about purveying profitable pastures? Did you know the answers are right under your feet? Join in on the “grass whispering” with veteran grass farmer and grazing professional Troy Bishopp as he leads participants through the plant-animal-microbe dynamic of managing grazing land. Workshop topics will include practical goal-setting; pasture planning and recordkeeping; measuring grass production and fertility; grazing management techniques; reading the soil surface; improving animal and financial performance; infrastructure concerns: and learning to use pasture systems that reduce stress and fun to use.

There are a limited number of registrations available for this workshop, pre-registration well ahead of time is recommended.

CONTACT: To register or for more information, see www.nofamass.org/events/managing-grazing-land-increased-health-productivity-and-profit. Or contact Glenn Oliveira, Education Events Organizer, at glenn@nofamass.org or 774-678-9644.

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Thursday, October 8, 2015

Vermont Master Composter Course 2015

Time: 6:15 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Description: The course is offered statewide at the following Vermont Interactive Technologies sites: Bennington, Brattleboro, Johnson, Lyndon, Middlebury, Montpelier, Newport, Randolph Ctr., Rutland, Springfield, St. Albans, White River Jct., Williston

COST: $50, which includes four classes, an online course guide, and additional course materials.

(Please see details with Sep. 17 event.)

CONTACT: Registration deadline is Sep. 11. Link to registration and more information can be found here: www.uvm.edu/mastergardener/master-composter/?Page=course.html#.VbeAPPlWvR_. Or contact Lisa at 802-656-9562 or master.gardener@uvm.edu with any additional questions.

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Friday, October 9, 2015

Field Trip: UNH Organic Dairy Research Facility & Tuckaway Farm

Time: 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Description: Harrison Homegrown, 8180 VT Route 22A, Addison, VT and and Mike Eastman, Mike's Farm, 435 Town House Road, Addison, VT

COST: $20 per person, includes lunch from the NOFA-VT Pizza Oven

Join UVM Extension Northwest Crops and Soils Program (NWCS) and Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFA-VT) for an event in their Summer Organic Dairy Series. Join a tour tour of the first certified organic university research dairy in the U.S. with a focus on 1) the facilities (bedded pack, milking parlor, composting facility and wood shaving mill) and 2) updates in animal science research. After the tour, we will visit Tuckaway Farm, run by Dorn Cox, for a field walk.

CONTACT: Please register online by September 30 at www.nofavt.org/ows (Visa or Mastercard accepted). Or you can download, complete and return form from above website to: NOFA-Vermont (NOFA-VT), PO Box 697, Richmond, VT 05477 or call 802-434-4122. Please make checks payable: NOFA-VT Write ‘On-Farm Workshop Series’ in Memo Field.

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Saturday, October 24, 2015

Allan Savory Lecture at E.F. Schumacher Lecture

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Description: Churchtown Dairy Round Barn, Churchtown, NY

COST: $100, includes lunch and tour of the buildings

Themes of "redemption and transcendence" will run strong at the 35th Annual E.F. Schumacher Lectures entitled "Cattle & Kelp: Agriculture in a New Economy" to be delivered by Allan Savory and Bren Smith. Both Savory and Smith tell stories of ecological redemption through a new approach to agriculture. Both have developed agricultural models based on natural systems. And both offer methods for farming that can fix carbon, clean our waters, and produce food more abundantly. Savory, widely thought to be the father of modern pasture management approaches, developed a “holistic management” model to reverse desertification throughout the world’s vital grasslands, while Bren Smith cultivates kelp and shellfish using a model that he has dubbed “3-D ocean farming.”

CONTACT: Buy tickets at www.centerforneweconomics.org/register, or by sending a check to the Schumacher Center for a New Economics at 140 Jug End Road, Great Barrington, MA 01230

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