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Thursday, August 6, 2015

Fall Farm Boosting: Season Extension & Overwintering Practices

Time: 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Description: Tompkins Cortland Community College Farm 100 Cortland Rd., Dryden, NY

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

Take a detailed tour of the newly-constructed season extension infrastructure (a heated greenhouse, two movable tunnels and one stationary tunnel) at the Tompkins Cortland Community College Farm. Experienced farmer and college farm manager Todd McLane will share his decision-making process for building each structure and how the farm plans to integrate each technology into the overall farm business model. Learn how to make decisions about season extension methods that work for your farm, and how those decisions might affect your farm’s finances. Just as important, learn to put winter’s dormant period to optimal use, as Todd explains the overwintering and soil-fertility strategies in place at the farm.

CONTACT: To pre-register and pay,visit www.cvent.com/events/fall-farm-boosting-integrating-season-extension-and-overwintering-practices-for-better-farm-performa/event-summary-a5fba3a4e1e94424a1221fac9938b708.aspx or call Stephanie at 585-271-1979 ext. 509. Pre-registration closes at 4pm on August 4th.

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Saturday, August 8, 2015

Vermont’s First Annual Soil Fest

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Description: Taylor Park, St. Albans, VT

COST: Free

A free, fun, first-of-its kind event in northwestern Vermont that will provide attendees with new knowledge to use on their farms, in their gardens, and in their yards. In addition to a keynote by Bennington author of "Cows Save the Planet" Judith Schwartz, Soil Fest will also feature: food; music by pianist Melinda Lussier; give-a-ways; free face painting for kids; workshops; interactive demos and activities; and exhibits from farmers, gardening and growing groups, and farm-to-school organizations. The day will also see the launch of a Citizen Soil Science Initiative (CSSI), a virtual and real-world working group that will support applied research in communication about advanced soil management techniques that can help strengthen the balance of an environment facing great challenges.

CONTACT: More information at vermontorganics.com/cssi/soil-fest/

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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Fertility Improvements and Organic Transition

Time: 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Description: Holyoke Farm, 85 Holyoke Farm Dr., St. Albans, VT, 05478

COST: $20 (1includes lunch from NOFA-VT’s Pizza Oven)

Join us at Holyoke Farm, run by John & Heather Brigham in St Albans, where we will see the progress of management and infrastructure investments such as a fertility practices, pasture improvements, and an underground manure pipe. We will also hear the Brigham’s lessons learned from their farm’s transition to organic. There will also be an opportunity for interested farmers to have questions answered by regional milk buyers and VOF certification staff. This workshop was developed in collaboration with the UVM Extension Northwest Crops & Soils Program.

CONTACT: Sam Fuller at sam@nofavt.org or (802) 434-4122 ext. 14.

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Friday, August 14, 2015

NOFA Mass Summer Conference

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Description: University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA

COST: Varies depending on registration options.

The main conference features 144 individual sessions with 27 different topic areas. Workshops address organic farming, gardening, land care, draft animals, homesteading, sustainability, nutrition, food politics, activism, and more. The theme for this year's Conference is "Healing the Climate, Healing Ourselves: Regeneration through Microbiology." This year, among the five pre-conference intensives will be an all-day seminar on Friday, August 14, given by Natasha Campbell-McBride, on the healing potential of food for overcoming chronic illness. She will also give the first keynote on Friday night. The second keynoter, Ronnie Cummins will speak Saturday night on "Reversing Global Warming & Rural Poverty through Regenerative Organics."

(If you attend, be sure to stop by to say hello to UVM Center for Sustainable Ag. staffers Suzy and Joshua who will be there as part of their work with the USDA Northeast Climate Hub.)

CONTACT: Register online at www.regonline.com/builder/site/?eventid=1684133, or contact christine@nofamass.org for more information.

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Saturday, August 15, 2015

NOFA Mass Summer Conference

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Description: University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA

COST: Varies depending on registration options.

(Please see event details with Aug. 14 event.)

CONTACT: Register online at www.regonline.com/builder/site/?eventid=1684133, or contact christine@nofamass.org for more information.

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Healthy Soil, Healthy Plants: Growing on Challenging Sites

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Description: East Hill Tree Farm, 3496 East Hill Road, Plainfield, VT, 05667

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

The soil is at the root of plant health, productivity, and fruit quality. Nicko Rubin will share his experience and insights gained developing a permaculture site on exhausted hill farm soils, through a tour of East Hill Tree Farm. Discussion will include techniques as they apply to both perennial fruits and annual vegetables.

CONTACT: Rachel Fussell at rachel@nofavt.org at (802) 434-4122 ext. 28. Register online at nofavt.org/ows

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Sunday, August 16, 2015

NOFA Mass Summer Conference

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Description: University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA

COST: Varies depending on registration options.

(Please see event details with Aug. 14 event.)

CONTACT: Register online at www.regonline.com/builder/site/?eventid=1684133, or contact christine@nofamass.org for more information.

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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Pasturing Alternative Forages

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Description: Cobblestone Valley Farm, 2023 Preble Road, Preble, NY 13141

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

NOFA-NY and Organic Valley CROPP Cooperative invite you to explore the use of alternative forages on Cobblestone Valley Farm with Paul and Maureen Knapp. Join in for a day focused on pasture management and tour the farm while learning from expert farmers Paul and Maureen Knapp. The Knapps will discuss their pasture management including what alternative forages they have found success with on their farm. Tim Darbishire, Grazing Consultant, will talk on forage options, seeding, maintaining a stand and rotations. Tour the farm and learn how to incorporate alternative forages into your pasture plan. Cobblestone Valley is a diversified organic farm certified by NOFA-NY Certified Organic, LLC, located in the heart of New York State right off Interstate 81. The backbone of the farm is dairy, with all other enterprises connected to and synergistic with milk production.

CONTACT: Pre-register and pay online at www.cvent.com/d/9rq3jh ( This event is FREE for Organic Valley members. Use discount code OVmember at checkout), or call Stephanie at 585-271-1979 ext. 509. Pre-registration closes at 4pm on August 17th.

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Seeding, Infrastructure and Zero-Grain

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. Spend the morning at Harrison Homegrown to hear about a variety of projects including establishing new seedings, installing tile drainage, new laneways and fencing, and lessons learned from the transition to organic. In the afternoon, the group will be at Mike’s Farm where Mike Eastman, a seasoned grazier and no-grain farmer, will host a pasture walk and discussion about his herd’s transition to a no-grain ration.

CONTACT: Please register online by August 16 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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Northeast Annual Buckwheat Field Day

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Description: Hatfield Farm 2137 Rte. 38A Moravia, NY 13118

COST: Free, with no registration necessary.

Learn about commercial buckwheat grain production and meet other buckwheat growers at the Northeast Annual Buckwheat Field Day. There will be information valuable to old hands as well as new or prospective growers. Buckwheat tends to have a somewhat different place in conventional and organic rotations, but the production of the crop is essentially the same. Presenters will speak about how buckwheat fits into organic field crop rotations where it has value for soil building and weed suppression. And attendees will see how effectively it addresses the weed concerns on this farm, which are mainly foxtail and Canada thistle. The group willll evaluate crop progress to anticipate what the yield might be, whether plant vigor is in the desired range and how to do those evaluations on your own farm. There will be excellent opportunities for farmer-to-farmer learning. Don Hatfield is hosting the field day. He has been producing grain near Owasco Lake for many years, and has been Certified Organic since [2006]. This is the second year of buckwheat production, so Don has a lot of keen observations about how it has (or has not) met his expectations and management needs.Thomas Bjorkman is a professor in the horticulture department at Cornell. He has worked closely with the organic community in New York since the early 1990s, largely on issues related to organic vegetable production. He has also been the leading authority on Eastern buckwheat production for the same time, and has been holding the annual buckwheat field day since 1994.

CONTACT: This field day is free, with no registration necessary. Contact Stephanie at 585-271-1979 ext. 509 with any questions.

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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 athttp://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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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 0545

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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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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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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