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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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Thursday, July 9, 2015

UVM Extension Equine Workshop

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Description: East Hill Farm, 540 Gonyeau Rd., Plainfield, VT

COST: Free

Farm owners can make sure their farms are in compliance with upcoming state regulations. They will learn:

What does the H.35: Water Quality Bill mean for their farm
How to create nutrient management plans, and proactive methods to comply with regulations
How to collect a soil sample and interpret the results, and choosing and applying lime and fertilizers
Manure basics and storage, composting and land application.
Tips for choosing or improving arena footing

This workshop would be beneficial to all farmers (dairy, equine, swine, etc.).

CONTACT: Participants should pre-register to receive handouts and a FREE soil test by emailing marcia.purvis@uvm.edu or calling 802-656-2071. For more info: asci.uvm.edu/equine/workshop_2015.pdf

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Friday, July 10, 2015

UVM Extension Equine Workshop

Time: 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Description: Hitching Post Farm, 2096 Back River Rd, S. Royalton, VT

COST: Free

Farm owners can make sure their farms are in compliance with upcoming state regulations. They will learn:

What does the H.35: Water Quality Bill mean for their farm
How to create nutrient management plans, and proactive methods to comply with regulations
How to collect a soil sample and interpret the results, and choosing and applying lime and fertilizers
Manure basics and storage, composting and land application.
Tips for choosing or improving arena footing

This workshop would be beneficial to all farmers (dairy, equine, swine, etc.).

CONTACT: Participants should pre-register to receive handouts and a FREE soil test by emailing marcia.purvis@uvm.edu or calling 802-656-2071. For more info: asci.uvm.edu/equine/workshop_2015.pdf

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Saturday, July 11, 2015

Healthy Bees & Sick Bees by NY Bee Wellness

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Description: Seaway Trail Honey Barn, 5460 Lake Road, Williamson, NY

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

Join NOFA-NY and Pat Bono of NY Bee Wellness Inc. to learn the basics of hive health evaluation. Currently honeybees are plagued with various maladies; it is essential to know how to distinguish a healthy hive from a diseased hive. A presentation on bee disease will be followed by hands-on bee hive inspections in a working apiary. Teaching materials supplied. Requirements: some experience handling honey bees; participants must provide their own veils, mandatory. If bringing a bee jacket or suit they should be cleaned before class. Hive tools, gloves, smokers, are supplied- Please do NOT bring your own.

NY Bee Wellness's mission is to educate beginning and small scale beekeepers about honey bee disease recognition. They provide services and information for beekeepers and the general public on maintaining healthy honey bee colonies in New York and the surrounding region.

CONTACT: To pre-register and pay, visit www.cvent.com/events/healthy-bees-and-sick-bees-by-ny-bee-wellness-inc-/event-summary-48ce8bd539c84bc5905dca7edd6f98f2.aspx or call Stephanie at 585-271-1979 ext. 509. Pre-registration is encouraged and closes at 4pm on 7/09/15.

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Certified Organic Agriculture: Planning Your Dairy's Transition

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Description: Alfred State College Farm, 1315 New York 244, Alfred, NY

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

Join Alfred State Organic Dairy Farm Manager, Virginia Chamberlain, and the NOFA-NY certification team to learn from the ground up what organic dairy certification is all about. You can “Hit the Ground Running” after this in-depth look at the organic transition process, applying for certification, record keeping and field requirements for your farm. A farm tour and pasture walk will be included. Although this is an organic dairy based program, the information is relevant to all livestock producers and anyone interested in organic certification. Erika Worden, dairy program expert from NOFA-NY Certified Organic LLC, will offer an overview of the certification process and answer any questions about organic certification.

CONTACT: To pre-register and pay, shop online or call Stephanie at 585-271-1979 ext. 509. Pre-registration is encouraged and closes at 4pm on 7/12/15.

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Managing Cows, Pasture & Nutrients

Time: 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Description: Spring Brook Farm, 3786 Vermont Route 100, Westfield, VT

COST: $20, includes lunch from NOFA's pizza oven

Water quality has been a hot topic in Vermont this year. Organic standards address issues of erosion prevention and require farming practices that promote healthy soils and water. For dairy farmers these practices can also promote profitability and animal health. Join NOFA-VT at Spring Brook Farm in Westfield, within the Lake Champlain watershed, for a workshop to discuss herd management, grazing and other practices to best manage nutrients on the farm.

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

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Saturday, July 18, 2015

Making Better Use of Forages and Pasture Systems

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Description: Wild Acres Family Farm, 5963 Rt. 98, Great Valley, NY

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

Join NOFA-NY and Don Wild at Wild Acres Family Farm to learn how to make better use of your forages through small scale intensive pasture management. Don Wild will demonstrate how he manages his pastures for optimum health in his sheep flock, reducing pest pressures while producing a highly nutritious forage diet. He will show examples of expanding your grazing capacity through incorporating small grains, summer annuals and alternative forages into your pasture plan. Don will also discuss fencing options including polywire, polytape, electro netting and high tensile fencing. Dr. tatiana Stanton from Cornell University will discuss the on-farm study that Wild Acres is part of, looking at the effect of grazing birdsfoot trefoil on parasitic worm populations in sheep.

CONTACT: To pre-register and pay, visit www.cvent.com/events/making-better-use-of-forages-and-pasture-systems/event-summary-33fb6d3afe7f4c269db92d682659180f.aspx or call Stephanie at 585-271-1979 ext. 509.

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Emerging New Fruits at The Farm Between

Time: 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Description: The Farm Between, 3727 VT-15, Jeffersonville, VT

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

Join John and Nancy Hayden at The Farm Between for a tour of their diversified organic fruit farm and nursery. Highlights will include tastings and tips on growing uncommon fruits such as currants, aronia, elderberry, and more. Enjoy a walk and presentation on establishing and maintaining a pollinator sanctuary, followed by a delicious snow cone party featuring organic syrups from their fruits.

CONTACT: Rachel Fussell at rachel@nofavt.org or (802) 434-4122 ext. 28. More information and registration at www.nofavt.org/sws (Registration opens June 15th.)

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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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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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