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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Youth Farm Safety Days

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Description: Carson Farm, 187 Montebello Rd., Newbury, VT

COST: Free with lunch provided.

Please be invited to attend this free opportunity for kids 12 to 18.

Hands-on Workshops
- Fire extinguisher operation
- How to safely handle livestock
- Tractor and machinery safety
- Basic Farm First Aid

CONTACT: Registration is required by July 6. For more information or to register by phone: call Martha Manning, at (802) 524-6501 ext 449, or send an e-mail to Martha.manning@uvm.edu

To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Martha Manning at 802-524-6501 by July 2nd so we may assist you.

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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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Crop Quality Control on Small Scale Organic Farms & High Tunnels

Time: 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Description: Falkimmer Farms Organic Growers, 8595 E Eden Rd, Eden, New York

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

Learn about quality control and small-scale Organic farming in Western New York at Falkimmer Farms. Beginning farmers Lisa and Bryan Falkowski grow Certified Organic vegetables, and have recently constructed a high tunnel to improve their production and extend the growing season for high-value crops like tomatoes. Tour several acres of cultivated fields for the full picture of how they produce quality organic produce (as well as maintain some sheep and laying hens), and how they market it through direct-to-consumer opportunities. Cooperative Extension Specialist Judson Reid will lead a demonstration and discussion of tomato pruning and other high-tunnel production practices that improve quality, especially in organic systems. Learn about the opportunities as well as the challenges related to working with season extension and high tunnels in Western New York. There will be plenty of time to network and to ask your own questions, and bring a dish to pass for the potluck at the end of the event!

CONTACT: Register at www.cvent.com/d/krqpwf/4W or call Stephanie at (585) 271-1979 ext. 509 for more information or with any questions.

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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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