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Monday, June 9, 2014

UVM 2014 Farmer Training Program

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

UVM 2014 Farmer Training Program

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
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Vermont Climate Assessment Release

Time: 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Description: Silver Maple Ballroom, Davis Center, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT

COST: Free

The Vermont Climate Assessment is the first comprehensive report in the nation to be released focusing on state-specific climate data and projections.

The project focuses on changes in Vermont’s climate and the impacts these changes have on our state economy and the Vermont way of life. Mirroring the National Climate Assessment, recently released by the White House, topics include forestry, agriculture, community development, water resources, recreation/tourism and energy. Developed at the University of Vermont through the leadership of the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics, the Vermont Climate Assessment was made possible by the contributions from stakeholders including state agencies, Vermont farms and businesses, local NGOs and the National Weather Service.

A question & answer session and short reception will follow, providing time for networking and informal discussion of the VCA.

CONTACT: Ann Hoogenboom, Gund Graduate Fellow, ann.hoogenboom@uvm.edu; Gillian Galford, PhD, Research Assistant Professor, Gillian.Galford@uvm.edu for more information. RSVP at: www.surveymonkey.com/s/GDWHLWL

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

UVM 2014 Farmer Training Program

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
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Thursday, June 12, 2014

UVM 2014 Farmer Training Program

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
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Upland Hay and Pasture Improvement at Tamarack VT Sheep Farm

Time: 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Description: Tamarack Vermont Sheep Farm, 913 Young Rd., Corinth, VT 05039

COST: Free through support by a Vermont NRCS Conservation Innovation Grant

Ben Machin, Grace Bowmer and Sayre Palmer manage a flock of over 200 Tunis and Dorset Horn ewes on the steep slopes of Orange County, using a combination of owned and leased land for grazing and hay production. For the past four years, they have been focused on improving their hay and pasture land in order to accommodate more animal numbers with less purchased feed. UVM Extension partners Dan Hudson and Jenn Colby will join the Tamarack crew to look at the results of wood ash, biosolids, and seeding clover on leased hay land, followed by a pasture walk at the home farm to see sheep and pasture management, assess the health of the landscape, check out the farm’s planned grazing chart, and share energy, soil and biological data collected during the CIG project’s initial year.

CONTACT: If you require accessibility accommodations to participate in this program, please let Cheryl Herrick, (802) 656-5459 know by May 29, 2014 so we may assist you.

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Friday, June 13, 2014

UVM 2014 Farmer Training Program

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
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Horse Pasture Management Workshop

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Description: Marlboro College Graduate Center, Brattleboro, VT

COST: $25 for workshop and materials, with light refreshments served. (Please bring your own brown bag lunch.)

Most horse owners grapple with the problems of mud, manure and overgrazing. With more horses being kept in smaller spaces and in closer proximity to neighbors, they also have to deal with the ever-increasing complaints of odor problems and polluted runoff. This workshop will address pasture management, what to do with all that manure, and horse health. The workshop will focus on keeping horses on a limited land space and is designed to help horse owners maximize their land use, minimize erosion, reduce the potential of pollution and land degradation, and have happier, healthier horses.

Presenters are: Dr. Jerilyn Jacobs, DVM of the Vermont-New Hampshire Veterinary Clinic, Kimberly Haden, Grazing Outreach Specialist from the University of Vermont Extension, Ryan Patch, Agricultural Resource Specialist from the Vermont Association of Conservation Districts, and Chuck Armstrong from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Door prizes include: a 2 bin horse manure composting unit valued at $350 from WCNRCD, a $50 gift certificate from Cheshire Horse, and 6 half-bushel bags of apples valued at $30 from Green Mountain Orchards, plus more prizes from local businesses! Information about a variety of cost-share programs will also be available.

CONTACT: For more information and to register, contact Jolene Hamilton, at the Windham County NRCD at (802)254-5323, Ext. 104, jolene.hamilton@vt.nacdnet.net or www.windhamcountynrcd.org
Space is limited. Registration deadline is Friday, June 6, 2014. Cost for workshop and materials

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Monday, June 16, 2014

UVM 2014 Farmer Training Program

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
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Ian Mitchell-Innes Workshop

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Description: Sudbury Community Hall, Route 30, Sudbury, VT, and Mountain Meadows Farm, Intersection of Rt. 30 & Rt. 73E, Sudbury, VT

COST: $35 farmers, $50 service-providers

"If you make a living off the land, you are by default, in the energy business" - Ian Mitchell-Innes

The UVM Extension Champlain Valley Crop, Soil & Pasture Team is excited to bring internationally recognized grazing expert, Ian Mitchell-Innes, will be here for a full-day pasture management workshop. Ian brings a wealth of knowledge from practicing Holistic Management for 20 years on his ranch in South Africa and teaches these concepts worldwide. The workshop will include both classroom and in-field sessions.

CONTACT: Please register by June 11 at grazingfieldday.eventbrite.com. For more information, contact Donna Brown at 802-388-4969, x 330, or donna.brown@uvm.edu.

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

UVM 2014 Farmer Training Program

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
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Ian Mitchell-Innes: 100% Grassfed Dairy Pasture Walk

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Description: Hidden Camp Farm, 378 White Rd., Canajoharie, NY (9-11:30 a.m.) and Raindance Farm, 2518 County Highway 35, Schenevus, Westville, NY (1-3 p.m.)

COST: $10/person. Refreshments provided, but please bring your own lunch.

Join in one or both of these pasture walks focused on maximizing cattle performance and forage production with minimal inputs. Attendees may enjoy their lunch at the Canajoharie farm, where there will be discussion about marketing opportunities for 100% grassfed milk. Those interested can follow us for the 35-minute drive to the afternoon pasture walk at the Westville dairy.

Ian Michell-Innes owns a large ranch in South Africa where he has quadrupled cattle numbers on the same land through grazing management. He is a leading teacher and mentor of high density and holistic planned grazing

Hidden Camp Farm’s dairy has been no-grain since certifying organic in 2007. They milk 20 to 30 cows on up to 100 acres of pasture with most milk going into Maple Hill Creamery’s 100% grassfed yogurt. Organic turkey, eggs and raw milk are also sold from the farm.

Raindance Farm milks 80 crossbred cows on 250 acres of perennial pasture. They certified organic in 1997, and four years ago began crafting farmstead cheese from their high quality, 100% grassfed milk. Organic cheese, beef, veal and eggs are sold direct, and most of their milk goes to Maple Hill Creamery. Siobhan has over 24 years experience grazing dairy cattle.

CONTACT: For more information call (607)699-7968 or email cowpoke2@verizon.net

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

UVM 2014 Farmer Training Program

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
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Thursday, June 19, 2014

UVM 2014 Farmer Training Program

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
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Pasture Reclamation, Improvement, Mgmt. & Challenges

Time: 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Description: Spring-Rock Farm, 150 Lower Parker Hill Rd., Springfield, VT

COST: Free

Sheila Patinkin and the staff of Spring-Rock farm in Springfield, VT manage 120 Wagyu cows along with young stock. As the farm has grown, they have encountered challenges familiar to many New England farmers: sub-optimal land-base, wet fields, the need to reclaim/renovate fields that had fallen into agricultural disrepair, and questions about the most sustainable way to expand the business.

This will be an excellent opportunity to observe and/or discuss: Reclaiming pasture from reforested land, frost seeding, overseeding; Iimpacts of different pasture management: rotational grazing, managing wet fields; A very rare breed of cattle and the marketing niche that they are serving; and creative options for expanding a livestock operation when land is limited.

Register at www.eventbrite.com/e/pasture-reclamation-improvement-and-challenges-at-spring-rock-farm-tickets-11882451733

CONTACT: UVM Extension agronomist Dan Hudson at djhudson@uvm.edu or Center for Sustainable Ag. Pasture Program Coordinator Jenn Colby at jcolby@uvm.edu.

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Friday, June 20, 2014

UVM 2014 Farmer Training Program

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
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Monday, June 23, 2014

UVM 2014 Farmer Training Program

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

UVM 2014 Farmer Training Program

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

UVM 2014 Farmer Training Program

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
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Thursday, June 26, 2014

UVM 2014 Farmer Training Program

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
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Grass-fed Holstein Beef, Pasture Mgmt., Haylage & Marketing

Time: 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Description: Snug Valley Farm, 824 Pumpkin Lane, E. Hardwick, VT

COST: Free

Holsteins are clearly the most common breed of cattle in Vermont, and bull calves are an inevitable byproduct of the dairy industry. The Nottermans take this abundant local 'byproduct' and add value to it in a grass-fed system. As with many Vermont farms maintaining an adequate pasture base is a challenge, and hybrid pasture/hay program is necessary to finish 30 steers per year. In addition to grass-fed Holstein beef, Snug Valley Farm also produces pork, firewood, and pumpkins.

At this event we will focus on: The relationship between pasture management, productivity, diversity, and yield; Improving pasture yield and quality; High-quality haylage production and how it fits into grass-finishing systems; Characteristics of Holstein carcasses and meat relative to beef breeds

Register at: www.eventbrite.com/e/managing-pasture-haylage-and-marketing-of-holstein-beef-at-snug-valley-farm-tickets-11882580117

CONTACT: UVM Extension Agronomist Dan Hudson at djhudson@uvm.edu.

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Friday, June 27, 2014

UVM 2014 Farmer Training Program

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
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Edible Forest Gardens & Commercial Food Forestry

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Description: Shelburne Farms Farm Barn, Shelburne, VT

COST: Free

Edible forest gardens are edible ecosystems that mimic the structure and function of natural forests, while producing food and other useful products. Trees, shrubs, vines, perennials and fungi work together in polycultures to create low-maintenance gardens or larger productive landscapes. Learn simple guidelines, based on real experience, for designing “polycultures” of several species. Hear about case studies of food forest businesses.

Come hear Eric speak before he begins teaching a 2-day intensive course, June 28-29 at Teal Farm in Huntington. For more info and to register for his 2-day workshop, visit: veledibleforestgardens.eventbrite.com

Eric Toensmeier has studied and practiced permaculture since 1990. He is the author of two award-winning books: Perennial Vegetables (2007) and Edible Forest Gardens (2005, with Dave Jacke). His latest book is Paradise Lot: Two Plant Geeks, One Tenth of an Acre, and the Making of an Edible Garden Oasis in the City (2013, with Jonathan Bates). Eric is an expert on the world’s useful perennial crops. He has run an urban farm project and a seed company, and taught and consulted throughout the Americas in English and Spanish. His current project is a book: Carbon Farming: A Global Toolkit for Stabilizing the Climate with Tree Crops and Regenerative Agriculture Practices.

CONTACT: Pre-registration is encouraged but not required. Contact registration@shelburnefarms.org with any questions.

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Monday, June 30, 2014

UVM 2014 Farmer Training Program

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
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Pollinator Habitat Enhancement on Your Land

Time: 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Description: River Berry Farm, Fairfax, and The Farm Between, Jeffersonville

COST: $10 Vermont Land Trust members, $20 non-members

Pollinators are essential for most of the fruits and vegetables that fill our plate. Learn from farmers with backgrounds in landscape design and entomology how you can boost native pollinator populations and increase fruit and berry production on your land.

Demonstrations and discussions will include choosing plants and cover crops for season-long production of nectar and pollen, and providing nesting and overwintering habitat

Rain date 7/2

CONTACT: Register at vlt.givezooks.com/events/what-s-the-buzz-on-pollinators-habitat-enhancement-on-y

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

UVM 2014 Farmer Training Program

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

UVM 2014 Farmer Training Program

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
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Exploring Zone-Till, Cover Crops & Mulching

Time: 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Description: Lavoie's Farm, Pine Hill Road, Hollis, NH

COST: Free, but pre-registration required by 6/27. Light refreshments will be served.

Calling all producers of annually-tilled crops (includes vegetables, sweet corn and silage corn)! Are you interested in increasing your operation’s efficiency, profitability, and crop yields while building optimum soil health on your farm?

Join experts from USDA NRCS and UNH Cooperative Extension to hear more and see demonstrations of the roller crimper and zone builder in action!. And presenters will discuss:

- why good soil health is important and ways to increase your soil’s potential Benefits of zone-till/no-till farming practices.
- utilizing cover crops to achieve optimum soil health.
- nutrient and pest management.
- type and appropriate use of pesticides
- impact on crops by implementing these practices
- case studies on how these practices have improved operations
- Adrien Lavoie will demonstrate the roller crimper and zone builder

CONTACT: RSVP: Kerry Rickrode, HCCD, kerry.rickrode@nh.nacdnet.net or 673-2409 Ext. 100 by June 27th

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Thursday, July 3, 2014

UVM 2014 Farmer Training Program

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
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Monday, July 7, 2014

UVM 2014 Farmer Training Program

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

UVM 2014 Farmer Training Program

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

UVM 2014 Farmer Training Program

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
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Thursday, July 10, 2014

UVM 2014 Farmer Training Program

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
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Friday, July 11, 2014

UVM 2014 Farmer Training Program

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
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Monday, July 14, 2014

UVM 2014 Farmer Training Program

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
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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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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

UVM 2014 Farmer Training Program

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

UVM 2014 Farmer Training Program

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
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Thursday, July 17, 2014

UVM 2014 Farmer Training Program

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
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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

UVM 2014 Farmer Training Program

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
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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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Monday, July 21, 2014

UVM 2014 Farmer Training Program

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
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Organic Dairy High Quality Forage Production

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Description: Stine Farm, 45540 Stine Rd, Redwood, NY

COST: $10 per person, $15 2 or more from same farm

Bill Stine of Stine Farm welcomes you to tour his farm and learn about his forage production system. Hear how he maintains production with a baleage and hay based ration. See his pasture system and learn what practices Bill has implemented to be a successful organic dairy farmer.

CONTACT: Register at netforum.avectra.com/eweb/DynamicPage.aspx?Site=NOFANY&WebCode=EventReg&evt_key=bcbbcffb-64ce-4a52-b3dd-6fcc8c51949d

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

UVM 2014 Farmer Training Program

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

UVM 2014 Farmer Training Program

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
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Pastured Poultry with Jeff Mattocks

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Description: Benedikt Dairy, 97 Shirley Hill Rd., Goffstown, NH 03045

COST: $25

Poultry has become a gateway livestock for many beginning farmers who recognize the benefits to the soil that can come from a properly managed pastured poultry operation. Meat birds or pastured eggs can also be a low-investment, quick turnover product that has high consumer demand and generates return customers.

The problem is that most of the production advice for poultry production beyond the backyard scale is geared towards confinement operations. Mattocks has been working with pastured poultry producers around the country for years and is familiar with their particular needs.

CONTACT:Space is limited, so pre-registration is required, and the fee for the workshop is $25. Tickets must be purchased by Sunday, July 20. If minimum registration numbers are not met, the event will be canceled and ticket fees refunded on Monday, July 21. To register, go to pasturedpoultry.eventbrite.com.

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

UVM 2014 Farmer Training Program

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
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Friday, July 25, 2014

UVM 2014 Farmer Training Program

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
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Beef: It's Meant for Grazing

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Description: The Ortensi Farm and Equine Center, 765 Chyle Rd, Richfield Springs, NY

COST: $10 per person, $15 2 or more from same farm

Bernie and Greg Ortensi of The Ortensi Farm and Equestrian Center LLC will host a field day focused on their beef grazing operation. Join them to learn how they graze, cover crop and grow small grains for their herd. Karen Hoffman, Nutrition and Animal Scientist and Dave Roberts Grazing Specialists for USDA-NRCS will talk about ration balancing, pasture layout and how to manage pasture species for optimum forage quality. Robert Perry, NOFA-NY field crop educator, will share his insight growing small grain and cover cropping systems.

CONTACT: To pre-register and pay, shop online at tinyurl.com/shopNOFAevents or call Stephanie at 585-271-1979 ext. 509 to make payment. Registration is $10/person and $15/two or more people from the same farm. Pre-registration is encouraged and closes at 4pm on July 22nd (after this, registration will be taken at the event—please arrive 15 minutes early to walk-in register).

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Monday, July 28, 2014

UVM 2014 Farmer Training Program

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

UVM 2014 Farmer Training Program

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

UVM 2014 Farmer Training Program

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
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K-Line Pasture Irrigation

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Description: Horning Farm: 1700 Stiles Rd., Penn Yan, NY

COST: Free

Join Alvin Horning Jr. of Horning Farm to learn how he manages his pasture for optimum production from his herd. See his K-Line irrigation system, learn how he rotates his pastures for simplicity in irrigation. Hear how Alvin is using irrigation to maximize pasture production, mitigate the risk in extreme weather patterns and maintain high quality forage. This field day is sponsored by NOFA-NY through the USDA Risk Management Agency, Outreach and Assistance Program and supported by Organic Valley.

CONTACT: No need to register. See event details on the NOFA-NY website at www.nofany.org/events/field-days/k-line-pasture-irrigation

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Thursday, July 31, 2014

UVM 2014 Farmer Training Program

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
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Friday, August 1, 2014

UVM 2014 Farmer Training Program

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
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Saturday, August 2, 2014

Alternative Forage Crops for Goats & Sheep

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Description: Sunny Acres Farm: 433 Flats Road, Athens, NY

COST: $10/person and $15/two or more people from the same farm

Jim and Deborah Taylor in Greene County, NY have put a lot of energy into extending their forage grazing season with brassica forages such as turnips and radishes and introducing small grains and alternative forages into their pasture management system to help control parasites and reduce grain consumption in their meat goat herd while improving animal and soil health. Come and observe their management practices at work. The group will discuss establishing alternative forages and how to incorporate them into a pasture management system. This field day is sponsored by NOFA-NY through the USDA Risk Management Agency, Outreach and Assistance Program and supported by Cornell Sheep and Goat Program.

CONTACT: To pre-register and pay, shop online at tinyurl.com/shopNOFAevents or call Stephanie at 585-271-1979 ext. 509 to make payment. Registration is $10/person and $15/two or more people from the same farm. Pre-registration is encouraged and closes at 4pm on 7/30 (after this, registration will be taken at the event—please arrive 15 minutes early to walk-in register).

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Sunday, August 3, 2014

Pasture Raised Piglets to Feeders

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Description: Community Farm of Simsbury, 73 Wolcott Road, Simsbury, CT

COST: $20 member or AOLCP, $30 non-member

Learn how to care for heritage breed, pasture raised pigs in a humane manner. From feeding, watering, fencing options, breeding, housing, pasture management and all in between. Farmer Greg is a NOFA Farmer's Pledge farm owning Copper Hill Farm in Somers. Specializing in pastured nitrate free pork products, heirloom vegetables and pastured laying hens, Copper Hill Farm can be found at both the Ellington, Granby and Simsbury Farmers Markets.

CONTACT: Registration: ctnofa.wufoo.com/forms/2014-individual-onfarm-workshop-registration/

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Monday, August 4, 2014

UVM 2014 Farmer Training Program

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

UVM 2014 Farmer Training Program

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
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Grass-Fed All Year Long Case Study Workshop: Rhode Island

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Description: Windmist Farm, Jamestown, RI

Part of NE-SARE's Grass-Fed All Year Long Summer Workshop Series is devoted to "Securing Farms for the Future: Production, Processing and Marketing." The summer's events feature a look at grass-fed livestock operations, offering discussions about raising grass-fed meats; livestock health and perspectives on antibiotics; and marketing meat to institutions.

Windmist Farm on Jamestown RI is known for its locally grown meat products and spectacular landscape. Meats from the farm are naturally raised on grass, free from added growth hormones or unnecessary antibiotics. The family farm raised Belted Galloways.

CONTACT: Register at docs.google.com/forms/d/1OeIvelesa0iUEc1-7GduDSPBwr84hLXfMXTlLBNahmc/viewform Or email Jean King with any questions: jean.king@uconn.edu.

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

UVM 2014 Farmer Training Program

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: (See details with May 5 event.)

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Grass-Fed All Year Long Case Study Workshop: Connecticut

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Description: Percy Thomson Meadows Farm, Bethlehem, CT

COST: Free

Part of NE-SARE's Grass-Fed All Year Long Summer Workshop Series is devoted to "Securing Farms for the Future: Production, Processing and Marketing." The summer's events feature a look at grass-fed livestock operations, offering discussions about raising grass-fed meats; livestock health and perspectives on antibiotics; and marketing meat to institutions.

Percy Thomson Meadows Farm raises fresh all natural/grass fed meat and vegetables. The Assard family has been farming in western Connecticut for generations.

CONTACT: Register at docs.google.com/forms/d/1OeIvelesa0iUEc1-7GduDSPBwr84hLXfMXTlLBNahmc/viewform Or email Jean King with any questions: jean.king@uconn.edu.

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Thursday, August 7, 2014

UVM 2014 Farmer Training Program

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: (See details with May 5 event.)

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Grass-Fed All Year Long Case Study Workshop: Massachusetts

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Description: Wheel-View Farm, Shelburne, MA

Part of NE-SARE's Grass-Fed All Year Long Summer Workshop Series is devoted to "Securing Farms for the Future: Production, Processing and Marketing." The summer's events feature a look at grass-fed livestock operations, offering discussions about raising grass-fed meats; livestock health and perspectives on antibiotics; and marketing meat to institutions.

Wheel-View Farm in Shelburne, Mass. in the Wheeler family since 1896, raises USDA certified natural grass-fed beef. The Belted Galloway cattle graze on summer pastures and are fed grass-legume hay during the winter.

CONTACT: Register at docs.google.com/forms/d/1OeIvelesa0iUEc1-7GduDSPBwr84hLXfMXTlLBNahmc/viewform Or email Jean King with any questions: jean.king@uconn.edu.

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Friday, August 8, 2014

UVM 2014 Farmer Training Program

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: (See details with May 5 event.)

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Saturday, August 9, 2014

Vermont Beef Producers Summer Social

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Description: NEK Processing Plant, 796 Industrial Park, St. Johnsbury, VT, and Springhill Angus Farm, 2867 Maple Hill Rd.,Barton, VT

COST: Free

The Vermont Beef Producers’ Association will be having its Summer Social on Saturday, August 9th at the new federally inspected Northeast Kingdom Processing plant in Lyndonville, VT and the Springhill Angus Farm in Barton, VT. The tour of the plant will start at 9 am with our hosts Scott Oeschger, owner of Springhill Angus and manager Bob Butterfield. The new, 12,000 square foot, state of the art plant is capable of processing 50 cattle and 30-40 pigs a week as well as sheep and goats. With cooler space for aging 100 animals, the plant is equipped with modern equipment able to make burger patties of various sizes, a twist linker for all flavors of sausage and is able to process organic product. The plant also has a retail store which sells beef and pork from local producers. The facility also includes a smokehouse which makes it one of Vermont’s most modern and sophisticated plants capable of all processing needs under one roof.

The plant tour will be followed by a lunch at the Springhill Angus Farm in Barton with guest speaker, UVM Extension Specialist Joe Emenheiser, and a tour of the farm operation with Scott and Bob. This is a great opportunity to visit a very productive beef operation under careful management of a very capable and experienced staff. Bring your family, friends and farm neighbors to see Vermont’s newest and most modern USDA processing plant and enjoy a summer day in the beautiful farming community of Barton.

CONTACT: Please RSVP! Bill Emmons at 802-457-1520 or email vtangus@sover.net .

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Monday, August 11, 2014

UVM 2014 Farmer Training Program

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: (See details with May 5 event.)

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Cornell Soil Health Train-the-Trainer Workshop

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Description: Cornell University, Emerson Hall, 236 Mann Drive, Ithaca, NY

COST: Full 4-day workshop $325 ($365 after July 15th). While the workshop is intended to be a complete, 4-day experience, optionally, participants may register separately for the following parts of the workshop (Early Bird/Regular Costs): Day 1: Field Trip ($75/$85); Day 1: Networking Dinner with the team at Statler ($39); Days 2-3: all sessions + Wednesday networking dinner included ($175/195); Day 4: Laboratory Practicum ($65/$75)

This intensive training workshop focuses on measuring and improving soil health through holistic, adaptive, and data-driven soil management. The target audience is professionals working with agricultural soil management issues.

The Cornell Soil Health Program has developed cost-effective, publically available methods for soil health testing to assess agronomically and environmentally important soil processes such as aeration, infiltration, water storage, drainage, root growth, disease pressure, biological activity, nutrient storage and release, etc. Specific management recommendations are developed to address quantified soil health constraints, and changes can be monitored over time.

This workshop includes a mix of classroom training, hands-on field and laboratory experience, and opportunities to network with national and international colleagues. Participants will learn about soil health principles, analysis, reporting, interpretation, and management from experts. The workshop includes a field trip to local farms to discuss adopted soil health practices, field assessment of soil health status, and appropriate management options, as well as a lab practicum. While the workshop is intended to be a complete 4-day experience, we are enabling participation in chosen components this year to meet stakeholder needs.

* Day 1, Tues 8/12: Soil Health Applications Field Trip - 8 am - 5:30 pm (followed by networking dinner)
* Day 2, Wed 8/13: Soil Health Basics, Assessment, and Management - 9 am - 5 pm (followed by networking dinner)
* Day 3, Thur 8/14: Soil Health Management Planning and Implementation Frontiers - 8 am - 4:30 pm
* Day 4, Fri 8/15: Cornell Soil Health Laboratory Practicum, 8 am - 5 pm

CONTACT: www.cvent.com/events/2014-cornell-soil-health-train-the-trainer-workshop/event-summary-b037cadb2ddd433bacf1903e4bd01ef8.aspx for more information or to register. 607-255-2177 for more information. REGISTRATION CLOSES JULY 30.

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UVM 2014 Farmer Training Program

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: (See details with May 5 event.)

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

UVM 2014 Farmer Training Program

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: (See details with May 5 event.)

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Cornell Soil Health Train-the-Trainer Workshop

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Cornell Soil Health Train-the-Trainer Workshop

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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UVM 2014 Farmer Training Program

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: (See details with May 5 event.)

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Friday, August 15, 2014

Cornell Soil Health Train-the-Trainer Workshop

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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UVM 2014 Farmer Training Program

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: (See details with May 5 event.)

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Monday, August 18, 2014

UVM 2014 Farmer Training Program

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: (See details with May 5 event.)

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

UVM 2014 Farmer Training Program

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: (See details with May 5 event.)

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Making the Most of Your Forages: Annuals, Irrigation, Cow Health

Time: 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Description: Fournier Farms, 101 Campbell Bay Rd., Swanton, VT

COST: $20, includes lunch

Earl Fournier transitioned to organic dairy in 2004. In this workshop he'll share forage production tips and health management strategies. Earl and Dr. Heather Darby, UVM Agronomist, will cover how summer annuals and irrigation can get you through the summer slump. This workshop was organized in collaboration with UVM Extension's Northwest Crop and Soils Program.

Lunch will be provided by the NOFA mobile wood-fired oven. Workshop will run rain or shine.

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

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

UVM 2014 Farmer Training Program

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: (See details with May 5 event.)

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Pest Management for Field Crops

Time: 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Description: Dykstra Farm, 2165 Pearson Rd., New Haven, VT

COST: Free for farmers. Lunch will be served.

Ben & Jerry's Caring Dairy is offering three workshops around Vermont to help you control insect pest damage in your field crops: from corn rootworm to armyworm, clover root curculio and more. Learn ways to reduce production costs when it comes to insect pests. They’re welcoming Kitty O’Neil from Cornell to share info on IPM and pest management. She will join UVM Extension’s Jeff Carter, Dan Hudson, and Heather Darby in these workshops.

CONTACT: Please register by 8/15 by contacting Rachel Gilker rgilkercaringdairy@gmail.com 240-441-8044.

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Pest Management for Field Crops

Time: 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Description: Poulin Grain's Conference Room, 24 Railroad Sq., Newport, VT

COST: Free for farmers. Dinner will be served.

Ben & Jerry's Caring Dairy is offering three workshops around Vermont to help you control insect pest damage in your field crops: from corn rootworm to armyworm, clover root curculio and more. Learn ways to reduce production costs when it comes to insect pests. They’re welcoming Kitty O’Neil from Cornell to share info on IPM and pest management. She will join UVM Extension’s Jeff Carter, Dan Hudson, and Heather Darby in these workshops.

CONTACT: Please register by 8/15 by contacting Rachel Gilker rgilkercaringdairy@gmail.com 240-441-8044.

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

UVM 2014 Farmer Training Program

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: (See details with May 5 event.)

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Pest Management for Field Crops

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Description: Bridgeman View Farm, 4826 Hanna Rd., Franklin, VT

COST: Free for farmers. Lunch will be served.

Ben & Jerry's Caring Dairy is offering three workshops around Vermont to help you control insect pest damage in your field crops: from corn rootworm to armyworm, clover root curculio and more. Learn ways to reduce production costs when it comes to insect pests. They’re welcoming Kitty O’Neil from Cornell to share info on IPM and pest management. She will join UVM Extension’s Jeff Carter, Dan Hudson, and Heather Darby in these workshops.

CONTACT: Please register by 8/15 by contacting Rachel Gilker rgilkercaringdairy@gmail.com 240-441-8044.

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Friday, August 22, 2014

UVM 2014 Farmer Training Program

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: (See details with May 5 event.)

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