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Saturday, May 2, 2015

Annual Wellscroft Fence Clinic

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Description: Wellcroft Farm, 167 Sunset Hill-Chesham, Harrisville, NH

COST: Free.

This very popular annual event features a chance to look at and learn about all styles of electrical and woven wire fence so you will be able to see the type of fence you might be interested in. The morning session will concentrate on portable and semi permanent electric fence systems and theirBuilding Fence applications, including a discussion of intense rotational grazing, a superior method of pasture management. The afternoon session will focus on the construction of permanent fencing solutions such as Bekaert fixed knot woven wire fence, electric high tensile smooth wire, and Centaur HTP rail systems. There will be a demonstration of the King Hitter Post DemonstrationsPounder and various tools used to facilitate fence construction. Every one will have an opportunity to participate in the building of a corner assembly as well as the stretching, splicing and tying off of Solidlock woven wire fence.

(The same sessions will be offered Saturday 5/2 and Sunday 5/3.)

CONTACT: Detailed information is available by seeing the event's webpage at www.wellscroft.com/fenceclinic/. For more information, call Wellscroft Fence at 603-827-3464.

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Water as a Resource in the Landscape

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Wellspring Forest Farm, Mecklenburg NY

COST: Pre-registration is required $75-Saturday only; $200-whole weekend (Fees on a sliding scale)

Learn how to see water as a valuable asset to small and large landscapes by observing the design and implementation of water harvesting and storage systems at Wellspring Forest Farm including ponds, swales, terraces, rainwater harvested systems (including potable use) and rotational grazing systems. Practice mapping and marking contour and develop an eye for how the parts fit together in a complete picture. Observe excavation, and help finish and plant a three hundred foot swale system and a riparian buffer planting on site.

CONTACT: Register at fingerlakespermaculture.org/payments/ or contact Steve Gabriel at 607-342-2825 for more information or with any questions.

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Sunday, May 3, 2015

Annual Wellscroft Fence Clinic

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Description: Wellcroft Farm, 167 Sunset Hill-Chesham, Harrisville, NH

COST: Free.

This very popular annual event features a chance to look at and learn about all styles of electrical and woven wire fence so you will be able to see the type of fence you might be interested in. The morning session will concentrate on portable and semi permanent electric fence systems and theirBuilding Fence applications, including a discussion of intense rotational grazing, a superior method of pasture management. The afternoon session will focus on the construction of permanent fencing solutions such as Bekaert fixed knot woven wire fence, electric high tensile smooth wire, and Centaur HTP rail systems. There will be a demonstration of the King Hitter Post DemonstrationsPounder and various tools used to facilitate fence construction. Every one will have an opportunity to participate in the building of a corner assembly as well as the stretching, splicing and tying off of Solidlock woven wire fence.

(The same sessions will be offered Saturday 5/2 and Sunday 5/3.)

CONTACT: Detailed information is available by seeing the event's webpage at www.wellscroft.com/fenceclinic/. For more information, call Wellscroft Fence at 603-827-3464.

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Water as a Resource in the Landscape Workshop

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Wellspring Forest Farm, Mecklenburg NY

COST: Pre-registration is required $75-Saturday only; $200-whole weekend (Fees on a sliding scale)

See 5/2 event for more information.

CONTACT: Register at fingerlakespermaculture.org/payments/ or contact Steve Gabriel at 607-342-2825 for more information or with any questions.

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

From Tillage to Drainage: Working with your Farm's Diverse Soils

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Description: Mud Creek Farm, Victor, NY

COST: Pre-registration is required $15 per person or $25 per group

Unlock the long-term potential in the soil on your farm! Whether bringing new acres into production (a big activity at Mud Creek Farm this year), or renovating your existing fields, there is plenty to be done to provide for optimum soil fertility and to properly incorporate infrastructure like irrigation and drainage. Hear from Ruth Blackwell about Mud Creek Farm's existing soil health management as Cornell Cooperative Extension's Crystal Stewart adds insight about techniques for making most of the soil and land. Farmers of all experience ranges and land situations will be able to apply the day's lessons about creative cover cropping, testing soil health, management practices based on soil type, fertility practices, soil microbiology, conservation practices, and infrastructure back to their own soils.

CONTACT: Register at www.cvent.com/d/lrqpj2 or contact Stephanie at (585) 271-1979 ext. 509 for more information or with any questions.

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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Slow Living Summit

Time: 7:45 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Description: Brattleboro, VT

COST: Pre-registration is required, cost varies by registration type

This year's theme is "Food, Mindfully"

CONTACT: Register at www.slowlivingsummit.org/2015-summit-registration/ or contact Shanta L. Evans-Crowley, Summit Coordinator at shanta@strollingoftheheifers.com or 802-275-8152 for more information or with any questions.

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Thursday, June 4, 2015

Slow Living Summit

Time: 7:45 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Description: Brattleboro, VT

COST: Pre-registration is required, cost varies by registration type

This year's theme is "Food, Mindfully"

CONTACT: Register at www.slowlivingsummit.org/2015-summit-registration/ or contact Shanta L. Evans-Crowley, Summit Coordinator at shanta@strollingoftheheifers.com or 802-275-8152 for more information or with any questions.

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Friday, June 5, 2015

Slow Living Summit

Time: 7:45 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Description: Brattleboro, VT

COST: Pre-registration is required, cost varies by registration type

This year's theme is "Food, Mindfully"

CONTACT: Register at www.slowlivingsummit.org/2015-summit-registration/ or contact Shanta L. Evans-Crowley, Summit Coordinator at shanta@strollingoftheheifers.com or 802-275-8152 for more information or with any questions.

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Saturday, June 6, 2015

Slow Living Expo and Strolling of the Heifers Parade

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Description: Brattleboro, VT

COST: FREE

Parade at 10am

Meet the heifers up close and personal at the Slow Living Expo on the Brattleboro Common and the Brattleboro Retreat grounds — 11 acres of fun, food, entertainment and exhibits. The Expo features local food producers, regional craftspeople, cheese producers from all over New England, a forestry exhibit, four separate entertainment tents, cooking demonstrations, continuous shows by the New England Center for Circus Arts, and much more.

CONTACT: Stacey Conn at 802-246-0982 or stacey@strollingoftheheifers.com for more information or with any questions.

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Sunday, June 7, 2015

Tour De Heifer

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Description: Brattleboro, VT

COST: Pre-registration is required, cost varies by registration type

Vermont’s most challenging dirt road rides! The fifth annual Tour de Heifer happens on Sunday, June 7, 2015!
The Tour de Heifer’s 60 and 30 mile challenge routes follow dirt roads with mimimal pavement. Both entail significant elevation change — that is, hill-climbing, and lots of it! The 60 mile ride has two short woods road sections. Both the 30 and 60 mile challenges are loop rides with opportunities for bailing out.
We also offer a less challenging (but still hilly!) 15-mile country ride with paved hills and a scenic riverside dirt road section. This is an out-and-back ride to the Green River Bridge.
Families and people who love to walk will enjoy our guided hike to the top of nearby Round Mountain.
All of the routes begin and end at Lilac Ridge Farm in West Brattleboro, and feature incredible views, farm and woodland terrain, New England villages (one with a covered bridge), and much more.

CONTACT: Register at www.bikereg.com/tour-de-heifer-15-30-60-mile-vermont-farm-to-farm-rides oe contact Strolling of the Heifers at (802) 380-0226 for more information or with any questions.

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