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Friday, December 26, 2014

Winter Break

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Monday, December 29, 2014

Winter Break

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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Winter Break

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Friday, January 2, 2015

Winter Break

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Saturday, January 10, 2015

NOFA-Mass Winter Conference

Time: 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Description: Worcester State University, Worcester, MA

COST: By Dec.15: NOFA member $105; Non-member $131. By Jan. 9: NOFA member $115; Non-member $144. On Jan 10: NOFA member $125; Non-member $156

Join NOFA-Mass for over 60 workshops, exhibits, an all-day seminar and keynote by Greg Judy, rotational grazier and carbon sequestration advocate. It’s fun for the whole family! The children’s conference (ages 3-12) provides a lively, interactive way for kids to get educated. Lots of do-it-yourself workshops keep teens active and engaged.

CONTACT: Register at www.nofamass.org/sites/default/files/attachments/Mail_in_Registration_Form.pdf or contact Cathleen O'Keefe at 413-387-2316 or wc@nofamass.org for more information or with any questions.

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

MOFGA Day at the Maine Agricultural Trades Show

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Augusta Civic Center, Augusta ME

COST: TBA

Each year at Maine's Agricultural Trades Show, MOFGA offers a series of presentations and discussion groups covering a wide range of sustainable agriculture subjects. All presentations are free and open to the public. MOFGA has an information exhibit during all three days of the Trades Show. Staff and Committee members are available to answer questions about MOFGA's ongoing programs. There is no pre-registration for the day's events.

CONTACT: MOFGA at mofga@mofga.org or 207-568-4142 for more information or with any questions.

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

MOFGA Day at the Maine Agricultural Trades Show

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Augusta Civic Center, Augusta ME

COST: TBA

Please see 1/13 event for more information.

CONTACT: MOFGA at mofga@mofga.org or 207-568-4142 for more information or with any questions.

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Collecting a Forage Sample and Interpreting the Analysis Webinar

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Description: Online at: www.surveymonkey.com/s/PSUGrazing

COST: FREE

Providing adequate and balanced nutrition is important for maintaining production and animal health for both grazing and non-grazing dairy herds. The first step to achieving adequate and balanced nutrition is to know what you are feeding your cows. This webinar will discuss how to collect a representative forage sample and how to interoperate the analysis.

CONTACT: Register at www.surveymonkey.com/s/PSUGrazing or contact Mat Hann at mmh29@psu.edu or 610-378-1327

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Thursday, January 15, 2015

MOFGA Day at the Maine Agricultural Trades Show

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Augusta Civic Center, Augusta ME

COST: TBA

Please see 1/13 event for more information.

CONTACT: MOFGA at mofga@mofga.org or 207-568-4142 for more information or with any questions.

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Friday, January 16, 2015

19th Annual VT Grazing & Livestock Conference

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Lake Morey Inn, Fairlee, VT

COST: TBA

Come join New England livestock farmers of all management types, animal species and farm sizes for two days of learning, featuring speakers, networking, and peer learning opportunities, along with meals sourced from local grass-based operations. Whether you're working in dairy, investing in growing markets for local beef and pork, or developing a better understanding of production of sheep, goats and poultry, the conference has something for everyone dedicated to our region's open working spaces!

CONTACT: Jenn Colby at 802-656-0858 or jcolby@uvm.edu. Sponsorships now being accepted, and registration opens soon!

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Saturday, January 17, 2015

19th Annual VT Grazing & Livestock Conference

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Lake Morey Inn, Fairlee, VT

COST: TBA

Come join New England livestock farmers of all management types, animal species and farm sizes for two days of learning, featuring speakers, networking, and peer learning opportunities, along with meals sourced from local grass-based operations. Whether you're working in dairy, investing in growing markets for local beef and pork, or developing a better understanding of production of sheep, goats and poultry, the conference has something for everyone dedicated to our region's open working spaces!

CONTACT: Jenn Colby at 802-656-0858 or jcolby@uvm.edu. Sponsorships now being accepted, and registration opens soon!

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Rotational No-Till, Mulching and Conservation Tillage Webinar

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Description: Online at: www.extension.org/pages/71822

COST: FREE

In this webinar, Jan-Hendrik Cropp will describe how to create organic cropping systems using diverse living and/or dead mulches, along with rotational conservation tillage to increase soil health. While the webinar will focus on one production system from an organic farm in Germany, the principles can be applied to a wide variety of agricultural operations. The presenter recently returned to Germany from a 3-month research trip across the US and Canada, where he met many innovators in organic no-till and reduced tillage. He will refer to regional examples and experiences from his travels in the webinar.

CONTACT: Register at www.extension.org/pages/71822 more information at learn.extension.org/events/1827#.VG-p0ckhC-U

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Friday, January 23, 2015

2015 NOFA-NY Winter Conference

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Description: Saratoga Hilton and City Center, Saratoga Springs, NY

COST: $75 - $285, depending on day(s) attended

With a theme of "Soil: The Root of the Movement," NOFA-NY offers their 33rd Winter Conference.

CONTACT: More information at r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001nKjqegXwYcWJupQNclASTOpUzfOJIyzSc0ghnePxa6DEi2aMr5tBIaeq1Qsoy_qaetcvGt8UkM0Ko9lhVXCTiw5qcWmAgiDmol-5GDdjkpzLYmk7ddRHlTs-CwhRu7ThaRJGi1oBQkLPmnU62kcSTylKtp31_JzLkeaajQ7x0Tr1z...

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Saturday, January 24, 2015

2015 Getting Started in Organic Farming Conference

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Connecticut College, 270 Mohegan Ave, New London, CT

COST: TBA

More information to come.

CONTACT: NOFA-CT at (203) 308-2584 or ctnofa@ctnofa.org for more information or with any questions.

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2015 NOFA-NY Winter Conference

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

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Sunday, January 25, 2015

2015 NOFA-NY Winter Conference

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

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Saturday, January 31, 2015

13th Annual NOFA-NH Winter Conference

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Rundlett Middle School, 144 South St, Concord NH 03301

COST: $52 for Members (NOFA/MOFGA) and $65 for Non-Members of registered before January 1st; $68 for Members (NOFA/MOFGA) and $85 for Non-Members after January 1st; Children's registration $35. Registration fee includes breakfast and lunch

Please join NOFA-NH for this one-day event jam-packed with workshops, farmer intensive programs, a keynote presentation, networking and community-building opportunities, a robust Green Market Fair and, of course, excellent organic and local meal options.

CONTACT: Register at nofanh.org/nofa-event/winter-conference-2015/ or contact NOFA-NH at 603-224-5022 for more information or with any questions.

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Thursday, February 5, 2015

Bedded Pack Winter Manure Mgmt. Training

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Description: UVM Extension Office, 29 Sunset Dr., Suite 2, Morrisville, VT

COST: $25 per person includes lunch and materials

Are you interested in using a bedded pack for your winter manure management? Wondering how much bedding you’ll need, what the costs will be, and how managing a pack works? Attend one of these trainings, featuring compost specialist Brian Jerose and other partners to help you understand how to build and maintain a pack to meet your needs. The day will also include calculations for bedding, building and costs; NRCS requirements to receive funding; animal health; and a Q&A with a farmer experienced in managing a pack.

If you plan to sign up for the NRCS bedded pack cost share this year, you MUST attend one of these trainings.

CONTACT: UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture, (802) 656-5459, jcolby@uvm.edu Online registration at www.eventbrite.com/e/bedded-pack-winter-manure-mgmt-training-morrisville-tickets-14330162903 If you require a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Cheryl Herrick at cheryl.herrick@uvm.edu or 802-656-5459 by January 15, 2015 so we may assis you.

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

2015 Soil and Nutrition Conference: Farm as Ecosystem

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: First Churches, 129 Main Street, Northampton, MA

COST: See details through online registration link, below.

There is a limited amount of scholarship funding available to NOFA and BFA members in financial need. If you are willing to work for 2 hours, we will credit you $50 off your conference registration. (Apply for a scholarship now at docs.google.com/forms/d/1jfEcKaD_dLcXmuGkItuoxhlozvPnZbaV7khXQMZpIKo/viewform.)

This two day conference will be filled with valuable, useful, and time tested information for growers and consultants seeking to expand their growing skills with proven strategies. Participate in the discussions to further enhance your understanding of creating healthy, vibrant soils and resilient crops of higher quality. Intensive information sharing taking place during these two days will help provide invaluable guidelines to improve production and profitability on your farm, improve your health and vitality, and increase your likelihood of achieving continued success and viability during a period of time of increased extreme weather conditions, from droughts to high rainfall amounts.

CONTACT: Register and receive more information at www.regonline.com/builder/site/Default.aspx?EventID=1627078.
Register: www.regonline.com/2015soilconference

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Alternative Supplementation Strategies for Grazing Dairy Webinar

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Description: Online at: www.surveymonkey.com/s/PSUGrazing

COST: FREE

Most grazing dairy farms provide supplemental feed to meet the nutritional requirements (quantity and/or quality) of grazing cows. Recent and on-going research on supplementing dairy cows with molasses, flaxseed, and fodder will be discussed.

CONTACT: Register at www.surveymonkey.com/s/PSUGrazing or contact Mat Hann at mmh29@psu.edu or 610-378-1327

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Thursday, February 12, 2015

2015 Soil and Nutrition Conference: Farm as Ecosystem

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: First Churches, 129 Main Street, Northampton, MA

COST: See details through online registration link, below.

There is a limited amount of scholarship funding available to NOFA and BFA members in financial need. If you are willing to work for 2 hours, we will credit you $50 off your conference registration. (Apply for a scholarship now at docs.google.com/forms/d/1jfEcKaD_dLcXmuGkItuoxhlozvPnZbaV7khXQMZpIKo/viewform.)

This two day conference will be filled with valuable, useful, and time tested information for growers and consultants seeking to expand their growing skills with proven strategies. Participate in the discussions to further enhance your understanding of creating healthy, vibrant soils and resilient crops of higher quality. Intensive information sharing taking place during these two days will help provide invaluable guidelines to improve production and profitability on your farm, improve your health and vitality, and increase your likelihood of achieving continued success and viability during a period of time of increased extreme weather conditions, from droughts to high rainfall amounts.

CONTACT: Register and receive more information at www.regonline.com/builder/site/Default.aspx?EventID=1627078.
Register: www.regonline.com/2015soilconference

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