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Friday, May 29, 2015

4th Annual Water Quality Conference

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Vermont Technical College Judd Hall, 124 Admin Drive, Randolph Center, VT, 05061

COST: Can be found at vectogether.org

Previous Water Quality Conferences focused on water quality regulations, sources of nutrient pollutants, storm water, modeling, political will, grass-roots efforts and innovative community action, implementation and funding. Progress has been made in understanding the causes and sources of Lake Champlain’s water quality problems. And it is clear that best management practices on farms and beyond can stem the flow of nutrients into the lake and other water bodies. Vermont, and others, still continue to be challenged by organizing and funding implementation of solutions. This year’s Water Quality Conference examines organizational structures and innovative approaches that have succeeded in other areas and might be applied to improvement of water quality.

The event runs from 8:00AM – 5:00PM. Pre-registration includes all sessions and lunch. The panels will be focused on the following topics: Update on regulatory changes affecting water quality; A utility model for organizing the drive towards increasing water quality; Enhancing implementation of BMPs through the Current Use Program; Innovative approaches to increasing the value, and decreasing the cost, of nutrients; & Where Does Vermont Go From Here?

CONTACT: Register at vectogether.org/vec-events/spring-conference/ or contact VEC at info@vectogether.org or 802-747-7900 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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Raising Sheep Successfully Workshop

Time: 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Description: Knoll Farm, 700 Bragg Hill Rd., Fayston, VT

COST: $25

In this workshop, shepherd Helen Whybrow will go through a huge amount of information for raising sheep successfully in a pasture-based system. Knoll Farm's purebred Icelandic sheep live outside year-round and are a productive, low-maintenance asset to the farm. Since they started using sheep in an intensive grazing system 14 years ago they have seen a huge improvement in forage density, legume regrowth and soil organic matter. Helen will talk about raising sheep in general, grazing management, parasites, common illnesses and flock health, as well as how to make the most of your business. Please bring your questions and experiences for sharing. All levels welcome.

CONTACT: Helen Whybrow at helen.whybrow@gmail.com or 802-496-5685.

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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

Edible Forest Gardens

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Description: UVM Horticulture Research and Education Center, 75 Green Mountain Drive, South Burlington, VT

COST: $10 for Friends of the Hort Farm and Master Gardeners, otherwise $15

Join Meghan Giroux from Vermont Edible Landscapes and learn how to design, establish and maintain edible ecosystems that mimic the function of natural forests. Explore different plant materials including herbs, perennial vegetables, fruits and berries to increase biodiversity, utilize plants that accumulate nutrients, and create habitat for beneficial insects. Qualifies for Master Gardener Education hours

CONTACT: Anne Marie Resnik at info@friendsofthehortfarm.org

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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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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Pasture Day with Ian Mitchell-Innes

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Description: Brylee Farm, 524 route 317, Thurso Québec, Quebec, CA

COST: $45

A pasture day with the locally beloved and internationally famous mob grazing specialist Ian Mitchell-Innes on a Quebec farm.

CONTACT: Reserve your spot by phone at 819-985-3882, email or from our website www.fermebrylee.ca

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Making Milk on Grass

Time: 11:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Description: Stone Mill Dairy, 5626 Reservoir Road, Earlville, NY

COST: $15/person or $25/2 or more people per farm. This event is FREE for Organic Valley members. (Use discount code OVmember at checkout.)

Join NOFA NY, Organic Valley CROPP Cooperative and David Stratton of Stone Mill Dairy to learn more about managing a grass based dairy. David Stratton will share what makes his farm successful including pasture management, calf raising and milk quality in a no grain system. Karen Hoffman, NRCS Animal Scientist will discuss the intricacies of grass based nutrition while DVM, Guy Jodarski, expands on maintaining herd health. Learn from Troy Bishopp, Grazing Specialist for Madison County Soil and Water, on pasture planning and using a grazing chart to aid in pasture management.

CONTACT: Pre-register and pay online at www.cvent.com/d/wrq2m6 or call Stephanie at 585-271-1979 ext. 509. This event is FREE for Organic Valley members. Use discount code OVmember at checkout. Pre-registration closes at 4pm on June 15th.

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Thursday, June 18, 2015

New Field Research on Organic No-Till Soybean

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Description: Musgrave Research Farm, 1256 Poplar Ridge Rd, Aurora, NY

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

Want to reduce your spring tillage? NOFA-NY and Cornell researchers will demonstrate equipment for successfully rolling down cover crops and planting soybeans into the resulting mulch; plus field plots will show results of several different rolling dates and cover crop species. Come learn how to save money and time, while improving your soil. Join Matt Ryan, Brian Caldwell, Jeff Liebert, Christopher Pelzer and other Cornell Researchers at this twilight meeting held at a Cornell University research farm.

CONTACT: Pre-register and pay online at www.cvent.com/d/yrq2lg. Or call Stephanie at 585-271-1979 ext. 509.

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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Value Added Grains: Willsboro Research & Reber Rock Farms

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Description: Willsboro Research Farm 48 Sayward Lane Willsboro, NY, and Reber Rock Farm 1699 Jersey Street Essex, NY

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

Journey to an Essex County agricultural Renaissance farm, Reber Rock Farm, where they use draft horsepower to produce grains, meats, and vegetables. These are just a few of the vibrant products offered in the farm store with a pay it forward farm store credit system supporting the local foodscape. Come join farmers Racey, Nathan, Gwen, and Chad to review tillage, weed control, shared harvests and tour their draft powered farm.

Willsboro Farm is a Cornell research farm that has been conducting certified organic research since 1996. Join Cornell researcher Mike Davis, and Dr. Heather Darby of UVM Extension in a tour of the vast variety trials and innovative research projects encompassing cereal grains, fruits, forages, and greenhouses at the farm’s annual open house. Tour wagons are provided.

Willsboro Research Farm is a 350 acre farm providing diversified agricultural research for northern climates and specializing in small grains. Reber Rock Farm is an 88-acre draft powered farm on the southern edge of the Reber Valley in Essex, NY. Using draft horses for field preparation, cultivation and harvesting they produce grassfed beef, pasture raised pork, chicken and turkey, herbs, vegetables, spelt, corn, dry beans, and a plethora of value-added products including sunflower oil, maple syrup, pickles, sauces and frozen vegetables.

CONTACT: Pre-register and pay online at www.cvent.com/d/crqs47, or call Stephanie at 585-271-1979 ext. 509. Pre-registration is encouraged and closes at 4pm on 7/6/15.

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