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Twilight Pasture Walk & Look at Woodchip Pad

June 27 in Waitsfield, Vermont

UVM Extension’s Center for Sustainable Agriculture (with co-hosting support from the Champlain Valley Crops, Soils & Pastures team) will be offering a twilight tour from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 27 in Waitsfield, Vermont to highlight alternative grazing practices and a recently-installed woodchip heavy-use area.  

Staff from the Pasture and Farming & Climate Change programs have been performing research on this type of innovative barnyard design that uses woodchips as a surface material for out-wintering areas for livestock and will be sharing their findings.  The farmer-hosts will also share their experiences during the past winter.  

Grazing Specialist Kimberly Hagen says, "We are encouraged by what we've learned to date.  These systems can have economic and environmental benefits for small to medium farms and greatly complement and improve grass-based systems. They can act as a pressure release valve, providing a place for livestock in winter or in periods of drought or heavy precipitation, until pastures catch up and grazing can resume."

Interested attendees who require a disability-related accommodation to take part in this workshop should contact Cheryl Herrick at 802-656-5459 or by June 13.

Established in 1994, the UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture provides timely information to Vermont communities and the UVM campus.   The Center cultivates partnerships, supports innovative research and practices, and informs policy to advance sustainable food and farming systems.  Learn more at