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Monday, July 14, 2014

Master Shepherd Course: Fencing

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Description: Woodbourne Farm, Woodsville, NH

COST: Individual registration is $60 per class for VSGA members or $75 per class for nonmembers. Registration for the entire course is $500 and $600, respectively.

Part of the Vermont Sheep & Goat Assn. Master Shepherd Course, this session's focus is Fencing, All Aspects of Containing and Protecting

CONTACT: For more information or to register visit the VSGA website:
vtsheepandgoat.org/2013/01/chet-parsons-vsga-offer-master-shepherd-course/

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Grasstravaganza!

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Description: Morrison State College, Morrisville, NY

COST: $40 - $195, depending on date registration is received and options chosen. See registration form at grasstravaganza.morrisville.edu/assets/pdf/registration.pdf

The "Pasture Soil Health Creates Wealth" conference will feature a trade show, soil health stations and presentations by national and local grazing and soil health experts who will cover a range of topics.

Among those in the speaker lineup are; Ray Archuleta, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) “Soil Guy” from North Carolina, who travels the country promoting soil health. Archuleta has 25 years of experience with the NRCS and is a certified Professional Soil Scientist with Soil Science Society of America.

Additional speakers include: Jerry Brunetti, founder of Agri-Dynamics, a company that provides holistic animal remedies for farm, livestock, and pets; and Jim Gerrish, former University of Missouri researcher, writer, who is currently a cattle rancher and co-owner of American GrazingLands Services LLC, a consulting business that helps farmers and ranchers more effectively manage their grazing lands for economic and environmental sustainability

CONTACT: For attendee information, please contact: Anne Orth (315) 684-6843. For vendor information, please contact: Sarah Mazza (315) 684-6076 or mazzas@morrisville.edu. Register at grasstravaganza.morrisville.edu/assets/pdf/registration.pdf

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Grazing, Summer Annuals, and No Grain Organic Dairy Production

Time: 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Description: Beidler Family Farm, Randolph Ctr., VT

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

Brent & Regina Beidler have operated their certified organic dairy since 2000, and for more than seven years have managed their herd – now about 40 head – on a no-grain diet using just 160 acres of crop and pasture land. Join Brent Beider and UVM Agronomist Dr. Heather Darby as they lead a tour the farm to discuss grazing systems, summer annuals research, and the farm’s transition to no-grain production. This workshop was organized in collaboration with UVM Extension's Northwest Crop and Soils Program.

CONTACT: More information and registration at www.uvm.edu/extension/agriculture/news-events/?Page=summer-series.html#.U7wpfbG4N34. Or call NOFA at 802-434-4122 with any questions.

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Making the Most of Your Forages: No-Grain Organic Dairy

Time: 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Description: Beidler Family Farm, Randolph Center, VT

COST: $20, including lunch from NOFA-VT's mobile pizza oven

Brent & Regina Beidler have operated their certified organic dairy since 2000, and for more than seven years have managed their herd – now about 40 head – on a no-grain diet using just 160 acres of crop and pasture land. Join Brent Beider and UVM Agronomist Dr. Heather Darby as they lead a tour the farm to discuss grazing systems, summer annuals research, and the farm’s transition to no-grain production. This workshop was organized in collaboration with UVM Extension's Northwest Crop and Soils Program.

Lunch is provided, and will be prepared in NOFA Vermont's mobile wood-fired pizza oven.

About the Farm: Brent and Regina Beidler are members of Organic Valley/CROPP Cooperative. They have diversifed the farm operation with the long term goal of being as independent as possible from outside inputs of animal feed, bedding and energy inputs. This includes a few small grain crops for local consumers as well as their animals. Other ventures include a small beef herd and some small scale vegetable production for the local school and retail outlets.

CONTACT: Register at www.surveymonkey.com/s/V6T2YPD. Contact info@nofavt.org or 802-434-4122 for more information.

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