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Sat Jun 23

  • Vermont Breakfast on the Farm: Gervais Family Farm
    8:00am - 11:30am
    Gervais Family Farm, 6001 Boston Post Rd, Enosburg Falls, VT 05450
    COST: Free

    Come to Vermont Breakfast on the Farm hosted by Gervais Family Farm to enjoy a free breakfast and learn how Vermont’s agricultural community works together to produce safe, delicious, wholesome food. This family-friendly event allows kids and adults alike to meet the farmers and the cows who make local dairy possible in Vermont!

    CONTACT: For more information and to register, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/vermont-breakfast-on-the-farm-gervais-family-farm-tickets-44225787521?aff=es2.

Sun Jun 24

  • Veterans Homestead Series- Systems Diversification
    10:00am - 2:00pm
    Headwaters Farm, Hinesburg, Vermont
    COST: Free

    Veterans Homestead Series- Systems Diversification. Event is free and open to veterans, their families and those who work with veterans.

    CONTACT: For more information contact Jon Turner by phone (802-377-1214) or email (wildrootsfarmvt@gmail.com<mailto:wildrootsfarmvt@gmail.com>).
  • Carbon Neutral Open House
    1:00pm - 2:00pm
    Hywinds Farm, 2317 North Road, Barnard, VT
    COST: Free

    For the last 9 years Janet and Stephen Anderson have worked to make their farm in Barnard carbon neutral. They have installed solar, weatherized their home, changed their lifestyles and have been meticulously tracking their energy usage. They have opened their farm to the public for a tour, light snacks and wine, and a presentation from the Andersons about why they took on this effort and how others might do the same.

    CONTACT: For more information, contact info@sustainablewoodstock.org<mailto:info@sustainablewoodstock.org>.

Tue Jun 26

  • Dissecting Competing Philosophies in Vermont Agriculture
    6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Livak Ballroom, Davis Center, UVM, Burlington, VT
    COST: Free

    Join this panel discussion for an evening of intellectual and practical discussion as participants hear from five experts in these fields and work to dissect the meanings of these important concepts and practices. The panel will speak to the significance of these agricultural practices in both their personal careers and in agriculture as a whole. Panelists include Maddie Kempner (Organic, NOFA VT), Terry Bradshaw (conventional, UVM’s Horticultural Farm), Corie Pierce (Regenerative Agriculture, Bread and Butter Farm), Keith Morris (Permaculture, Prospect Rock Farm), and Ernesto Mendez (Agroecology, UVM’s Agroecology and Livelihoods Collaborative).

    CONTACT: For more information please contact S’ra DeSantis, 802-324-3073, sra.desantis@uvm.edu<mailto:sra.desantis@uvm.edu>

Thu Jun 28

  • Grazing Fundamentals and Grazing Charts (NY Event)
    10:00am - 3:30pm
    Stone Barns Center 630 Bedford Road Pocantico Hills, NY 10591
    COST: $25

    Join grazier, Troy Bishopp, in a four season grazing strategy process using grazing charts to predict changes in recovery periods and develop management scenarios to meet your goals and reduce stress in your grazing plan. Topics covered include: Starting the grazing season and managing the flush of grass, how to graze taller grasses and plan for time off, and preparing for stockpiling. Come learn how Troy creates a flexible strategy for his own farm. Then walk the pastures with Troy and Stone Barns Farm Director Jack Algiere in the afternoon to observe the grazing plan at work. Please come with your own grazing plan on hand so participants can engage in a conversation from all angles.

    CONTACT: For more information please contact, laurief@stonebarnscenter.org<mailto:laurief@stonebarnscenter.org>
  • Ecological Orcharding (3-Day Event 06/28 ­- 06/30)
    8:00am - 4:00pm
    Sterling College, 16 Sterling Drive, Craftsbury Common, VT 05827
    COST: $675.00

    This three day immersive course presents a whole system-based approach for producing delicious, nutritionally dense fruit. Students will learn to select varieties; cultivate a thriving, diverse, productive landscape; create habitat for pollinators and beneficial insects; make and use natural sprays to boost plant immune response; and garden fungally. We will also explore value added products and market opportunities.

    (Times are approximate, contact organizers for more information.)

    CONTACT: Visit https://sterlingcollege.edu/course/ecological-orcharding/ for more information and to register or contact The School of the New American Farmstead at newamericanfarmstead@sterlingcollege.edu<mailto:newamericanfarmstead@sterlingcollege.edu>.
  • June Webinar: NH Regional Food Systems
    12:00pm - 1:00pm
    Online
    COST: Free

    Join us for our June webinar, where we will talk about the current and exciting work of different NH regional food system organizations, and how you can get involved! This webinar is completely free, you just need to register!

    CONTACT: Visit http://nhfoodalliance.com/content/june-webinar-nh-regional-food-systems to register and for more information.
  • Trampoline Presents: Farmer Story Slam! (NY Event)
    6:30pm - 8:00pm
    Ithaca Beer Company, 122 Ithaca Beer Dr, Ithaca. NY
    COST: $10

    A live storytelling event where local farmers share hilarious, heart breaking and inspiring stories from the farm! Proceeds benefit Groundswell Center.

    CONTACT: To sign up to tell a story, email Natalie at natalie@groundswellcenter.org<mailto:natalie@groundswellcenter.org> or call 607-319-5095.
  • Where Women Gather: A Celebration of Women in Agriculture (3-Day Event 6/28-6/30)
    9:00am - 5:00pm
    Omni New Haven Hotel, 155 Temple Street, New Haven, CT
    COST: $325

    Hidden Acres Farm, Inc. is proud to host the region's first Where Women Gather: A Celebration of
    Women in Agriculture Conference and Vendor Symposium at the Omni Hotel at Yale University
    and Gateway Community College in New Haven, Connecticut, respectively. Featured speakers
    include Rowen White (Indigenous Seed Keepers Network), Lisa Kivirist (author, Soil Sisters),
    Katie Stagliano (Katie’s Krops), Lise Metzger (photographer, The Grounded Women Project)
    and Eric Holt-Gimenez and Ahna Kruzic (Food First). The conference will also host the
    Honorable Mayor Toni Harp of New Haven, Connecticut and Connecticut Department of
    Agriculture Commissioner Steven K. Reviczky.

    “The contributions of women and girls to agriculture are rarely recognize as core to
    humankind’s survival”, observed Michelle Louise Bicking, Executive Director of Hidden Acres
    Farm, Inc. “We need to recognize and share that legacy in order to lay the groundwork for
    succeeding generations.”

    CONTACT: Register for the conference at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/where-women-gather-a-celebration-of-women-in-agriculture-conference-and-symposium-tickets-33138398843.
    For more information please email ourhiddenacresfarm@gmail.com<mailto:ourhiddenacresfarm@gmail.com> or call Michelle Louise Bicking at 860-598-0018
  • CISA Workshop for Farmers: Park Hill Orchard (MA event)
    6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Park Hill Orchard, 82 Park Hill Road, Easthampton, MA
    COST: Free

    Join an early evening farm tour and round table with our hosts, Russell Braen and Alane Hartley at Park Hill Orchard <http://parkhillorchard.com/> who practice the “Three T’s” of agritourism – Tours, Talks and Tastings – in order to create meaningful participatory experiences for visitors. Topics include: PYO pricing and management, food and visitor safety, parking issues, children and parenting, arrangements for older and disabled people – not to mention dialing in the profit centers, branding and publicity, sponsorship and product placement, labor practices, regulation. This will be a sit down, round table style, and share experiences, insight, and ideas.

    CONTACT: To ask questions or RSVP, contact Stevie Schafenacker via email<mailto:stevie@buylocalfood.org> or at (413) 665-7100, ext. 27.

Fri Jun 29

  • Ecological Orcharding (3-Day Event 6/28-6/30)
    8:00am - 4:00pm
    Sterling College, 16 Sterling Drive, Craftsbury Common, VT 05827
    COST: $675.00

    This three day immersive course presents a whole system-based approach for producing delicious, nutritionally dense fruit. Students will learn to select varieties; cultivate a thriving, diverse, productive landscape; create habitat for pollinators and beneficial insects; make and use natural sprays to boost plant immune response; and garden fungally. We will also explore value added products and market opportunities.

    (Times are approximate, contact organizers for more information.)

    CONTACT: Visit https://sterlingcollege.edu/course/ecological-orcharding/ for more information and to register or contact The School of the New American Farmstead at newamericanfarmstead@sterlingcollege.edu<mailto:newamericanfarmstead@sterlingcollege.edu>.
  • Where Women Gather: A Celebration of Women in Agriculture (3-Day Event 6/28-6/30)
    9:00am - 5:00pm
    Omni New Haven Hotel, 155 Temple Street, New Haven, CT
    COST: $325

    Hidden Acres Farm, Inc. is proud to host the region's first Where Women Gather: A Celebration of
    Women in Agriculture Conference and Vendor Symposium at the Omni Hotel at Yale University
    and Gateway Community College in New Haven, Connecticut, respectively. Featured speakers
    include Rowen White (Indigenous Seed Keepers Network), Lisa Kivirist (author, Soil Sisters),
    Katie Stagliano (Katie’s Krops), Lise Metzger (photographer, The Grounded Women Project)
    and Eric Holt-Gimenez and Ahna Kruzic (Food First). The conference will also host the
    Honorable Mayor Toni Harp of New Haven, Connecticut and Connecticut Department of
    Agriculture Commissioner Steven K. Reviczky.

    “The contributions of women and girls to agriculture are rarely recognize as core to
    humankind’s survival”, observed Michelle Louise Bicking, Executive Director of Hidden Acres
    Farm, Inc. “We need to recognize and share that legacy in order to lay the groundwork for
    succeeding generations.”

    CONTACT: Register for the conference at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/where-women-gather-a-celebration-of-women-in-agriculture-conference-and-symposium-tickets-33138398843.
    For more information please email ourhiddenacresfarm@gmail.com<mailto:ourhiddenacresfarm@gmail.com> or call Michelle Louise Bicking at 860-598-0018

Sat Jun 30

  • Where Women Gather: A Celebration of Women in Agriculture (3-Day Event 6/28-6/30)
    9:00am - 5:00pm
    Omni New Haven Hotel, 155 Temple Street, New Haven, CT
    COST: $325

    Hidden Acres Farm, Inc. is proud to host the region's first Where Women Gather: A Celebration of
    Women in Agriculture Conference and Vendor Symposium at the Omni Hotel at Yale University
    and Gateway Community College in New Haven, Connecticut, respectively. Featured speakers
    include Rowen White (Indigenous Seed Keepers Network), Lisa Kivirist (author, Soil Sisters),
    Katie Stagliano (Katie’s Krops), Lise Metzger (photographer, The Grounded Women Project)
    and Eric Holt-Gimenez and Ahna Kruzic (Food First). The conference will also host the
    Honorable Mayor Toni Harp of New Haven, Connecticut and Connecticut Department of
    Agriculture Commissioner Steven K. Reviczky.

    “The contributions of women and girls to agriculture are rarely recognize as core to
    humankind’s survival”, observed Michelle Louise Bicking, Executive Director of Hidden Acres
    Farm, Inc. “We need to recognize and share that legacy in order to lay the groundwork for
    succeeding generations.”

    CONTACT: Register for the conference at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/where-women-gather-a-celebration-of-women-in-agriculture-conference-and-symposium-tickets-33138398843.
    For more information please email ourhiddenacresfarm@gmail.com<mailto:ourhiddenacresfarm@gmail.com> or call Michelle Louise Bicking at 860-598-0018
  • Ecological Orcharding (3-Day Event 6/28-6/30)
    8:00am - 4:00pm
    Sterling College, 16 Sterling Drive, Craftsbury Common, VT 05827
    COST: $675.00

    This three day immersive course presents a whole system-based approach for producing delicious, nutritionally dense fruit. Students will learn to select varieties; cultivate a thriving, diverse, productive landscape; create habitat for pollinators and beneficial insects; make and use natural sprays to boost plant immune response; and garden fungally. We will also explore value added products and market opportunities.

    (Times are approximate, contact organizers for more information.)

    CONTACT: Visit https://sterlingcollege.edu/course/ecological-orcharding/ for more information and to register or contact The School of the New American Farmstead at newamericanfarmstead@sterlingcollege.edu<mailto:newamericanfarmstead@sterlingcollege.edu>.

Sun Jul 01

  • Everything Except Honey: The Diversity of Wild Bees (CT Event)
    1:30pm - 4:30pm
    Bruce Museum's Seaside Center in the Innis Arden Cottage, Tod's Point, Old Greenwich, CT
    COST: Free

    First Sunday Science at the Seaside Center. At 2:00 pm, Nick Dorian, a PhD candidate at Tufts University studying native cellophane bees and how climate change affects their populations, talks about the diversity of wild bees in New England and what you can do to help bees in your own backyard. No reservations required. Alert the front entry staff you are attending the First Sunday Science. Outdoor walk to find bees follows.

    CONTACT: For more information, contact Seaside Center Manager Cynthia Ehlinger (cynthiae@brucemuseum.org<mailto:cynthiae@brucemuseum.org> or 203-413-6756) or visit https://brucemuseum.org/calendar/event/first-sunday-science-at-the-seaside-center.-everything-except-honey-the-div.

Thu Jul 05

  • Summervale
    5:30pm - 8:00pm
    80 Intervale Road, Burlington, VT
    COST: Free (donations accepted)

    Join the Intervale Center every Thursday from July 5 to August 30 from 5:30 to 8 PM for local food, live music, slow food Vermont tastings, kids activities, and more.

    CONTACT: Visit https://www.intervale.org/summervale for more information, or contact Abby Portman at abby@intervale.org<mailto:abby@intervale.org>.

Sat Jul 07

  • Bees in the Trees Workshop (NY Event)
    10:00am - 1:00pm
    The Incubator Farm, 100 Rachel Carson Way, Ithaca, NY
    COST: $10, or pay what you can

    This class, an expanded version of the workshop in 2017, will again cover the ecology, flower visiting choices, and habitat requirements of wild bees, particularly solitary spring bees that pollinate fruit trees, row crops, and wild plants alike. This workshop will move “beyond wildflower strips,” and instead identify resource-rich trees and shrubs that are commonly found in hedgerows, woodlots and smallholder forests. These woody perennials are increasingly recognized for carbon sequestration, animal forage, soil and water quality: this workshop will add the often-ignored pollinator benefits. The class will use “bee networks” to think about times and places where “bee trees” could be added to support wild bee pollinator communities.

    CONTACT: To register, visit https://secure.lglforms.com/form_engine/s/ISwNZBgj9eF9QK1uYsPFdw.

Mon Jul 09

  • MOFGA Tree Fodder Day (ME event)
    8:00am - 4:00pm
    MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, 294 Crosby Brook Road, Unity, Maine
    COST: $35 for MOFGA or NOFA members, $50 for non-members

    Livestock were sustained by tree foliage and tree crops world-wide for 8 millennia. This day will feature a tree fodder resource sharing table, historic slide show, presentations by farmers who are feeding their livestock from trees, Q & A discussion, outdoor planning and skill practice for transition of various landscapes to fodder production, and storage discussion with samples of fodders provided and invited.

    CONTACT: Visit https://www.mofgastore.org/product.sc?productId=343&categoryId=5 to register. For more information, contact Anna Mueller at events@mofga.org<mailto:events@mofga.org> or call (207) 568- 4142.

Wed Jul 11

  • Garden Insect ID & Organic Controls (NY Event)
    6:00pm - 8:00pm
    CCE_ Tompkins Education Center, 615 WIllow Avenue, Ithaca, NY
    COST: $7-$10 (pay what you can)

    Learning to identify the beneficial insects and pests in the garden will help reduce insect damage to your vegetables, fruits and flowers. Participants at this class will learn characteristics of the major insect orders in the region, have an opportunity to try their hand at identifying insects using web and print resources, and gain information on how to deal with common insect pests organically.

    CONTACT: Pre-registration is required. Go to the registration page<http://db.ccetompkins.org/programs/civicrm/event/info?id=1439&reset=1> to register and pay online, or call CCE-Tompkins at 607-272-2292. For more information, contact Chrys Gardener (cab69@cornell.edu<mailto:cab69@cornell.edu>) or visit http://ccetompkins.org/events/2018/07/11/garden-insect-id-organic-controls.
  • Celebrate Your Farmer Social at Hurricane Flats
    5:30pm - 8:00pm
    Hurricane Flats, 975 S. Windsor St, South Royalton, VT 05068
    COST: $10 suggested donation

    Join this event for farm-fresh pizza and a celebration of Hurricane Flats. Hurricane Flats is a diversified organic farm growing vegetables and fruits on 37 acres along the White River. Come and enjoy dinner baked in NOFA-VT's wood-fired pizza oven, followed by a farm tour.

    CONTACT: Visit https://nofavt.org/events/celebrate-your-farmer-social-hurricane-flats to register, or contact Kyla Bedard at kyla@nofavt.org<mailto:kyla@nofavt.org> for more information.

Thu Jul 12

  • Celebrate Your Farmer Social at Does' Leap Farm
    5:30pm - 8:00pm
    Does' Leap Farm, 1703 Route 108 South, East Fairfield, VT
    COST: $10 suggested donation

    Join this event for farm-fresh pizza and a celebration of Does' Leap Farm. Does' Leap is a diversified organic farm specializing in fresh and aged goat cheese. Come and enjoy dinner baked in NOFA-VT's wood-fired pizza oven, followed by a farm tour.

    CONTACT: Visit https://nofavt.org/events/celebrate-your-farmer-social-does-leap-farm to register. For more information, contact Kyla Bedard at kyla@nofavt.org<mailto:kyla@nofavt.org>.
  • Carbon Farming and Climate Change (NY event)
    10:00am - 3:45pm
    Stone Barns Center, 630 Bedford Road, Pcantico Hills, NY
    COST: $25

    This workshop will explore the current state of global knowledge and practice on sequestering carbon both belowground (in soil) and aboveground (in woody plants) on farms. Participants will discuss a suite of carbon farming systems well suited for adoption by beginning farmers across the US, as well as the ecological, economic, and agronomic co-benefits of those systems. The second half of the workshop will be a field practicum exploring current carbon farming systems and potential for expanded carbon farming adoption at Stone Barns Center. Participants will practice landscape observation, analysis, and design skills to ground our indoor discussion in concrete applications on the farm.

    CONTACT: For more information, contact laurief@stonebarnscenter.org<mailto:laurief@stonebarnscenter.org>.
  • Summervale
    5:30pm - 8:00pm
    80 Intervale Road, Burlington, VT
    COST: Free (donations accepted)

    Join the Intervale Center every Thursday from July 5 to August 30 from 5:30 to 8 PM for local food, live music, slow food Vermont tastings, kids activities, and more.

    CONTACT: Visit https://www.intervale.org/summervale for more information, or contact Abby Portman at abby@intervale.org<mailto:abby@intervale.org>.

Sun Jul 15

  • Cheese, Butter, and Yogurt Making Class
    1:00pm - 4:30pm
    Earthwise Farm and Forest, Bethel, VT
    COST: $40 per person or $75 for 2 people
    In this class participants will: (1) learn a few different ways to make yogurt - successfully and consistently; (2) get introduced to a couple different soft cheeses that are easy and fun to make; (3) learn the tricks for making delicious butter and using butter molds; and (4) have fun learning with others in an intimate setting; get ready to laugh and taste some delicious creations. Class will include a handout and cheese cultures, yogurt cultures, citric acid, butter muslin cloth and organic grass-fed raw milk will be for sale, so you can start creating delicious treats for friends and family right away.
    CONTACT: For more information, visit http://www.earthwisefarmandforest.com/raw_dairy_processing.html or contact Lisa McCrory at Lmccrory560@gmail.com<mailto:Lmccrory560@gmail.com> or 802-234-5524.
  • No-Till Market Gardening Intensive: Tools and Techniques For Vital Crops and Healthier Soils (MA Event)
    9:00am - 5:00pm
    Woven Roots Farm, 12 McCarty Road, Tyringham, MA
    COST: $75 (NOFA/MOFGA members), $95 (general public)

    Learn techniques for intensively growing vegetables using no-till practices on a commercial scale from long-time farmers Jen and Pete Salinetti of Woven Roots Farm. Jen and Pete have managed their diversified vegetable farm for over 15 years using inexpensive, low-tech tools. Their system has built a soil with structure, water-holding capacity, and the soil life needed to grow nutrient-dense crops. They’ve been able to do so all while reducing the use of fossil fuels and compaction associated with tractor equipment.

    CONTACT: Visit https://www.nofamass.org/events/no-till-market-gardening-intensive-tools-and-techniques-vital-crops-and-healthier-soils-0 to register. For questions contact Caro Roszell, education events organizer, at caro@nofamass.org<mailto:caro@nofamass.org> or 508-360-0874.

Mon Jul 16

  • Meat Cutting: Butchering Basics (5-Day Event 7/16 -- 7/20)
    9:00am - 4:00pm
    Mad River Food Hub, 151 Mad River Canoe Rd, Waitsfield, VT 05673
    COST: $1,000 (all 5 days)

    This training will cover all of the basics of whole-animal butchery with both instruction and hands-on demonstration. Participants will learn how to break down beef, pork, chicken, and lamb into primals, subprimals, and case-ready cuts. Value added processing, such as sausage, smoked hams, and bacon will also be covered. The training will place an emphasis on food safety, sourcing, and maintaining high utilization of whole animals. $150 worth of meat for participants take home.

    Day 1: Introduction, Knife Skills and Chicken Breakdown
    Day 2: Lamb Breakdown and Value Added Processing
    Day 3: Beef Forequarter Breakdown and Value Added Processing
    Day 4: Beef Hindquarter Breakdown and Value Added Processing
    Day 5: Pig Breakdown, Value Added Processing, and Wrap Up

    CONTACT: Visit https://www.vtc.edu/meet-vtc/centers-institutes/ag-institute/short-courses for more information or to register, or contact Molly Willard at mwillard2@vtc.edu<mailto:mwillard2@vtc.edu>.
  • On-Farm Slaughter & Custom Butchery (5-Day Event 7/16 -- 6/20)
    8:00am - 4:00pm
    Sterling College, Craftsbury Common, VT 05827
    COST: $675

    Learn how to safely and humanely bring your livestock from the field to the table. Over the course of five days, students will observe the on-farm slaughter of a hog, a lamb and poultry. Students will then move from the field to the kitchen and participate in the nose to tail butchering of each animal type into custom cuts of meats, curing and packaging for storage. The course also provides a session with a USDA meat inspector to let you know the safety and legal responsibilities of on-farm slaughter and butchery while offering resources that you can turn to in the future.

    (Times are approximate, for exact times see contact information below.)

    CONTACT: For more information and to register, visit https://sterlingcollege.edu/course/ethical-slaughter-butchery/.

Tue Jul 17

  • Meat Cutting: Butchering Basics (5-Day Event 7/16 -- 7/20)
    9:00am - 4:00pm
    Mad River Food Hub, 151 Mad River Canoe Rd, Waitsfield, VT 05673
    COST: $1,000 (all 5 days)

    This training will cover all of the basics of whole-animal butchery with both instruction and hands-on demonstration. Participants will learn how to break down beef, pork, chicken, and lamb into primals, subprimals, and case-ready cuts. Value added processing, such as sausage, smoked hams, and bacon will also be covered. The training will place an emphasis on food safety, sourcing, and maintaining high utilization of whole animals. $150 worth of meat for participants take home.

    Day 1: Introduction, Knife Skills and Chicken Breakdown
    Day 2: Lamb Breakdown and Value Added Processing
    Day 3: Beef Forequarter Breakdown and Value Added Processing
    Day 4: Beef Hindquarter Breakdown and Value Added Processing
    Day 5: Pig Breakdown, Value Added Processing, and Wrap Up

    CONTACT: Visit https://www.vtc.edu/meet-vtc/centers-institutes/ag-institute/short-courses for more information or to register, or contact Molly Willard at mwillard2@vtc.edu<mailto:mwillard2@vtc.edu>.
  • On-Farm Slaughter & Custom Butchery (5-Day Event 7/16 -- 6/20)
    8:00am - 4:00pm
    Sterling College, Craftsbury Common, VT 05827
    COST: $675

    Learn how to safely and humanely bring your livestock from the field to the table. Over the course of five days, students will observe the on-farm slaughter of a hog, a lamb and poultry. Students will then move from the field to the kitchen and participate in the nose to tail butchering of each animal type into custom cuts of meats, curing and packaging for storage. The course also provides a session with a USDA meat inspector to let you know the safety and legal responsibilities of on-farm slaughter and butchery while offering resources that you can turn to in the future.

    (Times are approximate, for exact times see contact information below.)

    CONTACT: For more information and to register, visit https://sterlingcollege.edu/course/ethical-slaughter-butchery/.

Wed Jul 18

  • Organic Pest Control Study: Leek Moth
    4:00pm - 6:00pm
    Catamount Farm, 65 Green Mountain Drive, South Burlington, VT 05403
    COST: $5

    Leek moth (LM) is a relatively new invasive pest currently expanding its range through Vermont. Endemic to Europe, this invasive moth can inflict significant damage to a diversity of allium crops including onions, leeks and garlic. Because leek moth larvae feed internally on host plants, organic control of the pest can be problematic, as the window for application of most measures must be timed precisely for effective control. Join Scott Lewins and Victor Izzo of UVM Plant & Soil Science Department on a tour of Catamount Farm, looking at their field trials. They will discuss their VT Agency of Ag. Specialty Crops Block Grant funded project coordinating LM monitoring throughout the state and comparing six different varieties of red storage onions, and using the egg parasitoid Trichogramma to manage LM during vulnerable periods of the season.

    CONTACT: For more information contact Kyla Bedard at kyla@nofavt.org<mailto:kyla@nofavt.org> or visit https://nofavt.org/events/organic-pest-control-study-leek-moth to register.

  • Meat Cutting: Butchering Basics (5-Day Event 7/16 -- 7/20)
    9:00am - 4:00pm
    Mad River Food Hub, 151 Mad River Canoe Rd, Waitsfield, VT 05673
    COST: $1,000 (all 5 days)

    This training will cover all of the basics of whole-animal butchery with both instruction and hands-on demonstration. Participants will learn how to break down beef, pork, chicken, and lamb into primals, subprimals, and case-ready cuts. Value added processing, such as sausage, smoked hams, and bacon will also be covered. The training will place an emphasis on food safety, sourcing, and maintaining high utilization of whole animals. $150 worth of meat for participants take home.

    Day 1: Introduction, Knife Skills and Chicken Breakdown
    Day 2: Lamb Breakdown and Value Added Processing
    Day 3: Beef Forequarter Breakdown and Value Added Processing
    Day 4: Beef Hindquarter Breakdown and Value Added Processing
    Day 5: Pig Breakdown, Value Added Processing, and Wrap Up

    CONTACT: Visit https://www.vtc.edu/meet-vtc/centers-institutes/ag-institute/short-courses for more information or to register, or contact Molly Willard at mwillard2@vtc.edu<mailto:mwillard2@vtc.edu>.
  • Rolling Bale Farm Pasture Walk: Management Intensive Grazing with Sheep
    4:00pm - 5:00pm
    Roling Bale Farm, 1695 Shacksboro Rd, Shoreham, Vermont
    COST: Free

    Hilary and Ben Haigh, farmers at Rolling Bale Farm will host a pasture walk. Hilary and Ben operate a diversified farm raising poultry, beef, lamb, and blueberries for direct markets. During the grazing season this Dorset cross flock is moved to fresh pasture daily and rarely graze the same area twice in one season. Come learn more about how these farmers are using management-intensive grazing practices to produce grass-finished lamb and discuss how these strategies can result in effective internal parasite control.

    CONTACT: Please RSVP at https://migsheep_july18.eventbrite.com. If you have any questions regarding either of these workshops, please contact Cheryl Cesario at 802-388-4969, email: Cheryl.Cesario@uvm.edu<mailto:Cheryl.Cesario@uvm.edu>.
  • On-Farm Slaughter & Custom Butchery (5-Day Event 7/16 -- 6/20)
    8:00am - 4:00pm
    Sterling College, Craftsbury Common, VT 05827
    COST: $675

    Learn how to safely and humanely bring your livestock from the field to the table. Over the course of five days, students will observe the on-farm slaughter of a hog, a lamb and poultry. Students will then move from the field to the kitchen and participate in the nose to tail butchering of each animal type into custom cuts of meats, curing and packaging for storage. The course also provides a session with a USDA meat inspector to let you know the safety and legal responsibilities of on-farm slaughter and butchery while offering resources that you can turn to in the future.

    (Times are approximate, for exact times see contact information below.)

    CONTACT: For more information and to register, visit https://sterlingcollege.edu/course/ethical-slaughter-butchery/.

Thu Jul 19

  • Meat Cutting: Butchering Basics (5-Day Event 7/16 -- 7/20)
    9:00am - 4:00pm
    Mad River Food Hub, 151 Mad River Canoe Rd, Waitsfield, VT 05673
    COST: $1,000 (all 5 days)

    This training will cover all of the basics of whole-animal butchery with both instruction and hands-on demonstration. Participants will learn how to break down beef, pork, chicken, and lamb into primals, subprimals, and case-ready cuts. Value added processing, such as sausage, smoked hams, and bacon will also be covered. The training will place an emphasis on food safety, sourcing, and maintaining high utilization of whole animals. $150 worth of meat for participants take home.

    Day 1: Introduction, Knife Skills and Chicken Breakdown
    Day 2: Lamb Breakdown and Value Added Processing
    Day 3: Beef Forequarter Breakdown and Value Added Processing
    Day 4: Beef Hindquarter Breakdown and Value Added Processing
    Day 5: Pig Breakdown, Value Added Processing, and Wrap Up

    CONTACT: Visit https://www.vtc.edu/meet-vtc/centers-institutes/ag-institute/short-courses for more information or to register, or contact Molly Willard at mwillard2@vtc.edu<mailto:mwillard2@vtc.edu>.
  • On-Farm Slaughter & Custom Butchery (5-Day Event 7/16 -- 6/20)
    8:00am - 4:00pm
    Sterling College, Craftsbury Common, VT 05827
    COST: $675

    Learn how to safely and humanely bring your livestock from the field to the table. Over the course of five days, students will observe the on-farm slaughter of a hog, a lamb and poultry. Students will then move from the field to the kitchen and participate in the nose to tail butchering of each animal type into custom cuts of meats, curing and packaging for storage. The course also provides a session with a USDA meat inspector to let you know the safety and legal responsibilities of on-farm slaughter and butchery while offering resources that you can turn to in the future.

    (Times are approximate, for exact times see contact information below.)

    CONTACT: For more information and to register, visit https://sterlingcollege.edu/course/ethical-slaughter-butchery/.
  • Summervale
    5:30pm - 8:00pm
    80 Intervale Road, Burlington, VT
    COST: Free (donations accepted)

    Join the Intervale Center every Thursday from July 5 to August 30 from 5:30 to 8 PM for local food, live music, slow food Vermont tastings, kids activities, and more.

    CONTACT: Visit https://www.intervale.org/summervale for more information, or contact Abby Portman at abby@intervale.org<mailto:abby@intervale.org>.
  • Celebrate Your Farmer Social at Jericho Settlers Farm
    5:30pm - 8:00pm
    Jericho Settlers Farm, 22 Barber Farm Road, Jericho, VT 05465
    COST: $10 suggested donation

    Join this event for farm-fresh pizza and a celebration of Jericho Settlers Farm. Jericho Settlers is a diversified farm producing organic vegetables and herbs for their year-round csa, farms stands and wholesale. They also produce pasture raised lamb, pork and chicken. Come and enjoy dinner baked in NOFA-VT's wood-fired pizza oven, followed by a farm tour.

    CONTACT: Visit https://nofavt.org/events/celebrate-your-farmer-social-jericho-settlers-farm to register or contact Kyla Bedard at kyla@nofavt.org<mailto:kyla@nofavt.org> for more information.

Fri Jul 20

  • Weed Walk & Medicine Making
    3:00pm - 5:00pm
    Golden Well Apiaries, 10889 River Rd, New Haven, VT 05472
    COST: $20 NOFA members, $30 for non-members

    Join Katherine Elmer of Spoonful Herbals on this “weed walk” where she will introduce participants to medicinal plants commonly found on different parts of the Vermont farm landscape and invites participants to engage in deepening the local food movement by incorporating nature-based local medicine as part of a resilient food system. Participants will help gather and process some of the herbs into classic medicinal remedies to take home.

    CONTACT: To register visit https://nofavt.org/events/weed-walk-golden-well, or contact Kyla Bedard at kyla@nofavt.org<mailto:kyla@nofavt.org> for more information.
  • Meat Cutting: Butchering Basics (5-Day Event 7/16 -- 7/20)
    9:00am - 4:00pm
    Mad River Food Hub, 151 Mad River Canoe Rd, Waitsfield, VT 05673
    COST: $1,000 (all 5 days)

    This training will cover all of the basics of whole-animal butchery with both instruction and hands-on demonstration. Participants will learn how to break down beef, pork, chicken, and lamb into primals, subprimals, and case-ready cuts. Value added processing, such as sausage, smoked hams, and bacon will also be covered. The training will place an emphasis on food safety, sourcing, and maintaining high utilization of whole animals. $150 worth of meat for participants take home.

    Day 1: Introduction, Knife Skills and Chicken Breakdown
    Day 2: Lamb Breakdown and Value Added Processing
    Day 3: Beef Forequarter Breakdown and Value Added Processing
    Day 4: Beef Hindquarter Breakdown and Value Added Processing
    Day 5: Pig Breakdown, Value Added Processing, and Wrap Up

    CONTACT: Visit https://www.vtc.edu/meet-vtc/centers-institutes/ag-institute/short-courses for more information or to register, or contact Molly Willard at mwillard2@vtc.edu<mailto:mwillard2@vtc.edu>.
  • On-Farm Slaughter & Custom Butchery (5-Day Event 7/16 -- 6/20)
    8:00am - 4:00pm
    Sterling College, Craftsbury Common, VT 05827
    COST: $675

    Learn how to safely and humanely bring your livestock from the field to the table. Over the course of five days, students will observe the on-farm slaughter of a hog, a lamb and poultry. Students will then move from the field to the kitchen and participate in the nose to tail butchering of each animal type into custom cuts of meats, curing and packaging for storage. The course also provides a session with a USDA meat inspector to let you know the safety and legal responsibilities of on-farm slaughter and butchery while offering resources that you can turn to in the future.

    (Times are approximate, for exact times see contact information below.)

    CONTACT: For more information and to register, visit https://sterlingcollege.edu/course/ethical-slaughter-butchery/.
  • CISA Workshop for Farmers: Red Apple Farm (MA Event)
    5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Red Apple Farm, 455 Highland Avenue, Phillipston, MA
    COST: Free

    Join owner Al Rose and the Red Apple Farm<http://redapplefarm.com/> crew to talk about their wide ranging selection of tours, PYO, live music and other activities. They’ll be serving BBQ and hosting live music at the same time, so come early to enjoy some food and entertainment beforehand or catch the tail end after the talk. Kids are welcome.

    CONTACT: Visit https://www.buylocalfood.org/event/cisa-workshop-for-farmers-red-apple-farm/ for more information and to register, or contact Stevie Schafenacker by phone (413-665-7100) or email (stevie@buylocalfood.org<mailto:stevie@buylocalfood.org>).

Sat Jul 21

  • Celebrate Your Farmer Pizza Social at Corse Family Dairy
    11:00am - 4:00pm
    Corse Family Dairy, 1085 Corse Road, Whitingham, VT, 05361
    COST: $10 suggested donation

    Join this event for farm-fresh pizza and a celebration of the Corse family farm’s 150th anniversary. The Corse Family Dairy is a certified organic dairy, milking 55 cows. Come and enjoy dinner baked in NOFA-VT's wood-fired pizza oven, followed by a farm tour.

    CONTACT: To register visit https://nofavt.org/events/celebrate-your-farmer-social-corse-family-dairy, or contact Kyla Bedard at kyla@nofavt.org<mailto:kyla@nofavt.org> for more information.

Sun Jul 22

  • Creating and Implementing a Comprehensive IPM Plan (MA Event)
    10:00am - 2:00pm
    Nasami Farm Nursery, 128 North Street, South Deerfield, MA 01373
    COST: $26 (New England Wild Flower Society members) $32 (non-members)

    An Integrated Pest Management (IPM) plan is a tool for growers to control pests in a timely, safe, and efficient manner and a key to producing and maintaining healthy plants. An IPM plan includes sanitation and prevention, conservation, and augmentation methods using beneficial organisms. Participants will explore, discuss, and begin work on individual IPM plans.

    CONTACT: For more information and to register, visit http://www.newenglandwild.org/learn/our-programs/creating-and-implementing-a-comprehensive-ipm-plan.

Mon Jul 23

  • Earthworms, Calcium, And Aggregates, Oh My: Soil Testing & Interpretation for Growers at Urban Farming Institute (MA Event)
    4:30pm - 6:30pm
    Fowler Clark Epstein Farm, 487 Norfolk St, Mattapan, MA
    COST: $25 (NOFA members), $30 (non-members)

    In this afternoon workshop, the NOFA/Mass technical support team — Laura Davis and Caro Roszell — will give a workshop in partnership with the Urban Farming Institute to learn how to test your soil for both its biological vigor and its mineral profile. The workshop will start with a brief introduction and tour of the Fowler Clark Epstein Farm by Tristram Keefe, UFIs Farm Enterprise Manager, to give some site-specific context. Following the tour, Caro will dig in — literally — to a patch of the farm’s soil and explain how to assess soil for its ability to build and store organic carbon. Participants will receive a workbook of test protocols to take home, and will learn how to assess their own soil for carbon storage for measures like earthworm count, average root depth, aggregate grade, infiltration, soil respiration, and more. Laura Davis, NOFA/Mass Soil Testing Technical Advisor, will teach participants about how to interpret a soil test. Participants will learn about cation exchange capacity, pH, and soil organic matter. They will also learn about mineral levels and how to figure out how to calculate amendment application rates to address specific soil deficiencies. As a part of the registration cost, workshop participants may bring their own soil test results to the workshop for Laura Davis and receive a follow-up email with interpretation and analysis.

    CONTACT: Visit https://www.nofamass.org/events/earthworms-calcium-and-aggregates-oh-my-soil-testing-interpretation-growers-urban-farming to register. For questions contact Caro Roszell, education events organizer, at caro@nofamass.org<mailto:caro@nofamass.org> or (508) 360-0874.

Tue Jul 24

  • Improving Milk Quality and Pasture Systems
    10:30am - 2:30pm
    JASA Family Farm, 760 Alderbrook Road, Newport, VT, 05855
    COST: $20 for farmers, $30 for others

    Join CROPP/Organic Valley staff veterinarian and grazing specialist Dr. Greg Brickner at this workshop focused on milk quality and ways to optimize milk value. Participants will tour farmer Andy (John) Andrews farm, taking a look at his pastures, discussing grazing systems and how to increase utilization of pasture to reduce feed costs as well as winter outdoor access.

    CONTACT: To register, visit https://nofavt.org/events/improving-milk-quality-and-pasture-systems, or contact Kyla Bedard at kyla@nofavt.org<mailto:kyla@nofavt.org> for more information.
  • Permaculture Market Gardening (3-Day Event 7/24 - 7/26)
    8:30am - 5:00pm
    Sterling College, 16 Sterling Drive, Craftsbury Common, VT 05827
    COST: $475

    Zach Loeks will teach the basic principles of permaculture design straight through to market garden profitability using his system of guild enterprise production. The class will install a small-scale permabed system on the Sterling College campus and a hugelkultur trial bed as described in Zach’s book The Permaculture Market Garden.

    CONTACT: Visit https://sterlingcollege.edu/course/permaculture-market-garden/ for more information or to register, or contact The School of New American Farmstead at newamericanfarmstead@sterlingcollege.edu<mailto:newamericanfarmstead@sterlingcollege.edu>

Wed Jul 25

  • Robot Grazing Systems & Forage Harvesting
    10:30am - 2:30pm
    Lambert Farm, 437 Lambert Road, Washington, VT, 05675
    COST: $20 for farmers, $30 for others

    Join CROPP/Organic Valley staff veterinarian and grazing specialist Dr. Greg Brickner and farmers Jesse and Jen, on a tour of the Lambert’s farm, taking a look at their robotic milking system and pastures. The Lamberts’ will share how they have changed their pasture management system with the installation of robots. They will also discuss forage harvesting- looking at management strategies for producing high quality forage and organic corn silage.

    CONTACT: To register, visit https://nofavt.org/events/robot-grazing-systems-forage-harvesting, or contact Kyla Bedard at kyla@nofavt.org<mailto:kyla@nofavt.org> for more information.
  • Permaculture Market Gardening (3-Day Event 7/24 - 7/26)
    8:30am - 5:00pm
    Sterling College, 16 Sterling Drive, Craftsbury Common, VT 05827
    COST: $475

    Zach Loeks will teach the basic principles of permaculture design straight through to market garden profitability using his system of guild enterprise production. The class will install a small-scale permabed system on the Sterling College campus and a hugelkultur trial bed as described in Zach’s book The Permaculture Market Garden.

    CONTACT: Visit https://sterlingcollege.edu/course/permaculture-market-garden/ for more information or to register, or contact The School of New American Farmstead at newamericanfarmstead@sterlingcollege.edu<mailto:newamericanfarmstead@sterlingcollege.edu>

Thu Jul 26

  • Poultry Processing Workshop (ME event)
    9:00am - 1:00pm
    Common Ground Education Center, Unity, ME
    COST: $60 for MOFGA members, $75 for non-members

    Join Diane Schivera, MOFGA’s Livestock Specialist and a crew of poultry processing professionals for a workshop about how to process poultry. In this workshop participants will be guided through a safe and humane process for turning live birds into oven ready roasters. Topics will include: poultry management, equipment, and food safety concerns. Please bring a kitchen knife, an apron and a willingness to learn. Each participant will take home an organic bird.

    CONTACT: For more information please visit http://www.mofga.org/Events/PoultryProcessingWorkshop, email Diane Schivera at dianes@mofga.org<mailto:dianes@mofga.org> or contact the MOFGA office - (207) 568-4142.
  • Summervale
    5:30pm - 8:00pm
    80 Intervale Road, Burlington, VT
    COST: Free (donations accepted)

    Join the Intervale Center every Thursday from July 5 to August 30 from 5:30 to 8 PM for local food, live music, slow food Vermont tastings, kids activities, and more.

    CONTACT: Visit https://www.intervale.org/summervale for more information, or contact Abby Portman at abby@intervale.org<mailto:abby@intervale.org>.
  • Annual Crops & Soils Field Day
    9:00am - 4:00pm
    Borderview Farm, 487 Line Rd, Alburgh, VT
    COST: $25 for non-farmers, $10 for farmers

    Save the date for the 11th Annual Crops & Soils Field Day at Borderview Research Farm. This day-long event provides an opportunity to check out the latest in equipment, ideas and research of the University of Vermont (UVM) Extension Northwest Crops and Soils Program, host for the day.

    CONTACT: Contact Susan Brouillette, UVM Extension, 278 S. Main Street, St. Albans, VT 05478. 802-524-6501 or 800-639-2130 or susan.brouillette@uvm.edu<mailto:susan.brouillette@uvm.edu>.
  • Permaculture Market Gardening (3-Day Event 7/24 - 7/26)
    8:30am - 5:00pm
    Sterling College, 16 Sterling Drive, Craftsbury Common, VT 05827
    COST: $475

    Zach Loeks will teach the basic principles of permaculture design straight through to market garden profitability using his system of guild enterprise production. The class will install a small-scale permabed system on the Sterling College campus and a hugelkultur trial bed as described in Zach’s book The Permaculture Market Garden.

    CONTACT: Visit https://sterlingcollege.edu/course/permaculture-market-garden/ for more information or to register, or contact The School of New American Farmstead at newamericanfarmstead@sterlingcollege.edu<mailto:newamericanfarmstead@sterlingcollege.edu>

Fri Jul 27

  • Celebrate Your Farmer Pizza Social at Molly Brook Farm
    6:00pm - 11:00pm
    Molly Brook Farm, 39 Cow Hill Rd, West Danville, VT, 05783
    COST: $10 suggested donation

    Join this event for farm-fresh pizza and a celebration of Molly Brook Farm completing their transition to organic. Molly Brook Farm is a certified organic dairy, milking 55 cows. Come and enjoy dinner baked in NOFA-VT's wood-fired pizza oven, followed by a farm tour.

    CONTACT: Visit https://nofavt.org/events/celebrate-your-farmer-social-molly-brook to register, or contact Kyla Bedard at kyla@nofavt.org<mailto:kyla@nofavt.org> for more information.

Sat Jul 28

  • How Are My Bees? Understanding and Meeting Your Bees' Midsummer Needs (NY event)
    9:00am - 5:00pm
    The Pfeiffer Center, 260 Hungry Hollow Road, Spring Valley, NY 10977
    COST: $95

    This workshop will focus on midsummer tasks every beekeeper should have in mind to ensure healthy hives and successful overwintering. Topics covered will include: Assessing hive health; when to super, and when to take off boxes; harvesting honey; assessing honey stores, and knowing when and how to feed; monitoring and managing varroa; management options for weak hives; and more. There will be ample time for questions and discussion. Weather permitting, much of the day will be spent outside in the Pfeiffer Center’s apiary, where techniques discussed in the classroom will be demonstrated.

    CONTACT: To register, go to http://www.pfeiffercenter.org/workshops_and_events/register.aspx#midsummer_beekeeping. For more information visit http://www.pfeiffercenter.org/workshops_and_events.aspx, or call 845-352-5020 x120.
  • Vermont Breakfast on the Farm: Kayhart Brothers Dairy
    8:00am - 1:00pm
    Kayhart Brothers Dairy Farm, 7429 Rt. 17W, West Addison, VT, 05491
    COST: Free

    Come to Vermont Breakfast on the Farm hosted by Kayhart Brothers Dairy Farm to enjoy a free breakfast and learn how Vermont’s agricultural community works together to produce safe, delicious, wholesome food. This family-friendly event allows kids and adults alike to meet the farmers and the cows who make local dairy possible in Vermont.

    CONTACT: For more information and to register, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/vermont-breakfast-on-the-farm-kayhart-brothers-dairy-tickets-44226948995?aff=es2.

Sun Jul 29

  • Grow Your Own Mushrooms
    2:00pm - 5:00pm
    Peaceful Harvest Mushrooms, 4 Mill Road, Worcester, VT 05682
    COST: $30 NOFA members, $40 non-members

    Join farmers Karen and Brian of Peaceful Harvest Mushrooms for this on-farm, hands-on workshop focusing on cultivation and medicinal properties of mushrooms. Tour their farm, taking a look at the cultivation methods, including indoor cultivation, and discuss the medicinal properties of mushrooms. Participants will also have the opportunity to do some log plugging and inoculate their own small log to take home.

    CONTACT: Visit https://nofavt.org/events/grow-your-own-mushrooms to register, or contact Kyla Bedard at kyla@nofavt.org<mailto:kyla@nofavt.org> for more information.
  • Veterans Homestead Series: Designing the Mobile Chicken Coop
    10:00am - 2:00pm
    Papineau Family Farm, Highgate, Vermont
    COST: Free

    Designing the mobile chicken coop. Event is free and open to veterans, their families and those who work with veterans.

    CONTACT: For more information contact Jon Turner by phone (802-377-1214) or email (wildrootsfarmvt@gmail.com<mailto:wildrootsfarmvt@gmail.com>).

Tue Jul 31

Wed Aug 01

Thu Aug 02

  • Seeds: Plant Breeding Fundamentals (NY Event)
    10:00am - 3:30pm
    Stone Barns Center, 630 Bedford Road, Pocantico Hills, NY
    COST: $25

    Delivering improved crop varieties that have desirable qualities for flavor, disease resistance, and vigor and keep pace with environmental and insect pressure is vital to the breeding process and fundamental to creating good food grown well by farmers. Join Founder and Chairman of Johnny’s Selected Seeds, Rob Johnston, as he teaches a course on advanced plant breeding alongside Stone Barns Farm Director Jack Algiere. Come learn about breeding theories and methods for improving plant variety genetics, breeding design, techniques, and selection as we explore the crop trials at Stone Barns and utilize its living laboratory to learn more about how to trial and breed crops for optimal market success.

    CONTACT: For more information, visit https://www.stonebarnscenter.org/event/seeds-advanced-plant-breeding/ or email Laurie at laurief@stonebarnscenter.org<mailto:laurief@stonebarnscenter.org>.
  • Summervale
    5:30pm - 8:00pm
    80 Intervale Road, Burlington, VT
    COST: Free (donations accepted)

    Join the Intervale Center every Thursday from July 5 to August 30 from 5:30 to 8 PM for local food, live music, slow food Vermont tastings, kids activities, and more.

    CONTACT: Visit https://www.intervale.org/summervale for more information, or contact Abby Portman at abby@intervale.org<mailto:abby@intervale.org>.

Fri Aug 03

  • Organic Pest Control Study: Colorado Potato Beetle
    3:00pm - 5:00pm
    Intervale Community Farm, 282 Intervale Rd, Burlington, VT 05401
    COST: $5

    Colorado potato beetle (CPB) is a major, destructive pest of solanaceous crops and is particularly a problem for organic growers, as there are few organic treatment options available. Join Scott Lewins and Victor Izzo of UVM Plant & Soil Science Department as we tour Intervale Community Farm (ICF) and discuss their VT Agency of Ag. Specialty Crops Block Grant funded project combing beneficial nematodes in the soil with Beauveria bassiana, a beneficial fungus, to manage CPB. Along with ICF, they are performing field trials that integrate these biological control agents in a two-pronged approach designed to give organic growers options for the long-term, sustainable management of CPB.

    CONTACT: Visit https://nofavt.org/events/organic-pest-control-study-colorado-potato-beetle to register, or contact Kyla Bedard at kyla@nofavt.org<mailto:kyla@nofavt.org> for more information.

Sat Aug 04

  • Bud Grafting (ME Event)
    10:00am - 2:30pm
    North Branch Farm, 122 Stream Rd, Monroe, ME
    COST: $50 per person, $35 MOFGA members, JPs free

    Bud grafting is a great way to start fruit trees as well as many ornamentals. "Budding" uses individual buds from this year’s new growth to graft onto rootstock already set in the nursery. This workshop will be taught by Seth Yentes at North Branch Farm. Seth grafts thousands of trees every year. All the major tree fruit species will be covered. MOFGA will supply the buds and the rootstock. Participants should bring their own knives as well as a bag lunch.

    CONTACT: To register, visit https://www.mofgastore.org/product.sc;jsessionid=ABC4FDB6B97170BF1A4FEDBE5A60DC07.p3plqscsfapp003?productId=221&categoryId=5. Contact the MOFGA office (207-568-4142)with any questions.

Mon Aug 06

  • Pasture Management and Youngstock
    10:30am - 2:30pm
    Ottercrest Dairy, 5680 Route 30, Cornwall, VT 05753
    COST: $20 for farmers, $30 for others

    Join farmer and veterinarian Brian Howlett and grazing consultant Sarah Flack on a tour of Brian’s farm, Ottercrest Dairy. Participants will take a look at his pasture systems and rotational grazing management. Brian will share strategies for parasite prevention in youngstock on pasture and his experience with milking one time a day.

    CONTACT: Visit https://nofavt.org/events/pasture-management-and-youngstock to register, or contact Kyla Bedard at kyla@nofavt.org<mailto:kyla@nofavt.org> for more information.

Tue Aug 07

  • Celebrate Your Farmer Pizza Social at Berry Creek Farm
    5:30pm - 8:00pm
    Berry Creek Farm, 1342 Route 100, Westfield, VT 05784
    COST: $10 suggested donation

    Join this event for farm-fresh pizza and a celebration of Berry Creek Farm! Berry Creek Farm is a certified organic vegetable and fruit farm with a farmstand and CSA. Come and enjoy dinner baked in NOFA-VT's wood-fired pizza oven, followed by a farm tour.

    CONTACT: Visit https://nofavt.org/events/celebrate-your-farmer-social-berry-creek-farm to register, or contact Kyla Bedard at kyla@nofavt.org<mailto:kyla@nofavt.org> for more information.

Wed Aug 08

  • 4th Annual Farmer Olympics
    4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Stterling College, 16 Sterling Dr, Craftsbury, VT 05827
    COST: Free

    Farmers and farm crews! Use those agricultural talents to go for the gold at this mid-season extravaganza competition. Individual farm teams will show off their finely-honed skills in events ranging from physical to cerebral to plain ridiculous. Unwind, celebrate the season, and kick back before that heavy fall workload begins. May the best farm win. Dinner and treats will be provided.

    CONTACT: For more information, contact Kyla Bedard at kyla@nofavt.org<mailto:kyla@nofavt.org> or visit https://nofavt.org/events/4th-annual-farmer-olympics.

Thu Aug 09

  • Food Saftey on Farms Open to Visitors
    3:00pm - 6:00pm
    Cedar Circle Farm, 225 Pavillion Road, East Thetford, Vermont
    COST: $10

    FSMA…GAPs…CAPS…OMG! Need help navigating the maze of food safety regulations? This workshop is for farms open to visitors that sell or serve food and agricultural service providers who support them. Learn which regulations matter for farms of all types and sizes, and meet the experts you can call on when you have questions. A tour of Cedar Circle Farm’s food safety systems will demonstrate best practices for produce and prepared foods in the farmstand, PYO fields, kitchen, and cafe.

    This workshop is hosted by University of Vermont Extension, the Vermont Farm to Plate Network, and the Farm-Based Education Network in collaboration with NOFA-VT, the Vermont Agency of Ag, and the Vermont Farm Bureau

    CONTACT: Registration opens June 15 at http://go.uvm.edu/agritourism2017
    To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Becky Bartlett at 802-257-7967 or 800-278-5480 by Thursday, July 19, 2018 so we may assist you.
  • Summervale
    5:30pm - 8:00pm
    80 Intervale Road, Burlington, VT
    COST: Free (donations accepted)

    Join the Intervale Center every Thursday from July 5 to August 30 from 5:30 to 8 PM for local food, live music, slow food Vermont tastings, kids activities, and more.

    CONTACT: Visit https://www.intervale.org/summervale for more information, or contact Abby Portman at abby@intervale.org<mailto:abby@intervale.org>.

Fri Aug 10

  • NOFA Summer Conference (3 Day Event 8/10 - 8/12)
    10:00am - 5:00pm
    Hampshire College, Amherst, MA
    COST: $70-$200

    This immersive annual gathering is an opportunity to come together as the regional organic community from the seven Northeast Organic Farming Association states – NY, NJ, VT, MA, RI, NH, CT. The conference is a three day event packed with amazing education programming for adults and children, an array of fun spirited activities and the opportunity to be nourished by the collective wisdom and knowledge of decades of farming, gardening and activism that makes up the work of our NOFA chapters.

    This year’s conference program is woven with workshops and activities that will pay homage to the agricultural wisdom that has been instructive to us through the ages. It will celebrate the wisdom of the rich indigenous agricultural past that has provided the basis of the organic movement and the ecologically based practices used to be successful.

    CONTACT: For more information, please reach out to Marjorie Bailey at marjorie@nofamass.org<mailto:marjorie@nofamass.org> or (774) 262-7986. Or visit https://nofasummerconference.org/

Sat Aug 11

  • Building Soil From the Ground Up
    10:00am - 4:00pm
    Cobb Hill, 17 Linden Rd, Hartland, VT 05048
    COST: $50 for NOFA members, $40 for non-members

    Join farmers Stephen Leslie and Kerry Gawalt on a tour of their farm, they’ll talk about their soil fertility building practices and nutrient management program. Educator and soil enthusiast, Cat Buxton, will talk about building soil through enhancing photosynthesis, capturing water, alternatives to tilling soil, and other systems for enabling the soil microbiome to flourish and vastly improve nutrient uptake in plants. Learn simple techniques for building up the soil carbon sponge in lawns, vegetable and flower beds, and in the orchard. Participants will discuss the basics of techniques like composting, compost teas and extracts, incorporating cover crops and green manures, hugelkultur, mulching, and using plant guilds to support ecosystem services and bank nutrients.

    CONTACT: Visit https://nofavt.org/events/building-soil-from-ground-up to register, or contact Kyla Bedard at kyla@nofavt.org<mailto:kyla@nofavt.org> for more information.
  • NOFA Summer Conference (3 Day Event 8/10 - 8/12)
    9:00am - 5:00pm
    Hampshire College, Amherst, MA
    COST: $70-$200

    This immersive annual gathering is an opportunity to come together as the regional organic community from the seven Northeast Organic Farming Association states – NY, NJ, VT, MA, RI, NH, CT. The conference is a three day event packed with amazing education programming for adults and children, an array of fun spirited activities and the opportunity to be nourished by the collective wisdom and knowledge of decades of farming, gardening and activism that makes up the work of our NOFA chapters.

    This year’s conference program is woven with workshops and activities that will pay homage to the agricultural wisdom that has been instructive to us through the ages. It will celebrate the wisdom of the rich indigenous agricultural past that has provided the basis of the organic movement and the ecologically based practices used to be successful.

    CONTACT: For more information, please reach out to Marjorie Bailey at marjorie@nofamass.org<mailto:marjorie@nofamass.org> or (774) 262-7986. Or visit https://nofasummerconference.org/

Sun Aug 12

  • NOFA Summer Conference (3 Day Event 8/10 - 8/12)
    9:00am - 5:00pm
    Hampshire College, Amherst, MA
    COST: $70-$200

    This immersive annual gathering is an opportunity to come together as the regional organic community from the seven Northeast Organic Farming Association states – NY, NJ, VT, MA, RI, NH, CT. The conference is a three day event packed with amazing education programming for adults and children, an array of fun spirited activities and the opportunity to be nourished by the collective wisdom and knowledge of decades of farming, gardening and activism that makes up the work of our NOFA chapters.

    This year’s conference program is woven with workshops and activities that will pay homage to the agricultural wisdom that has been instructive to us through the ages. It will celebrate the wisdom of the rich indigenous agricultural past that has provided the basis of the organic movement and the ecologically based practices used to be successful.

    CONTACT: For more information, please reach out to Marjorie Bailey at marjorie@nofamass.org<mailto:marjorie@nofamass.org> or (774) 262-7986. Or visit https://nofasummerconference.org/

Thu Aug 16

  • Pasture Management (NY Event)
    10:00am - 3:30pm
    Stone Barns Center, 630 Bedford Road, Pocantico Hills, NY
    COST: $25

    The morning portion of this workshop will focus on creating a solid understanding of the basic principles of good grazing management systems. Starting first from the plants perspective, the course will look at the needs of perennial pasture plants and how to meet those needs by following the grazing guidelines. From there participants will do some group exercises and practice to learn how to measure the amount of feed in a pasture, calculate paddock sizes, stocking densities, stocking rates and understand what the ideal number of acres for a flock or herd is. In the afternoon, participants will look at pasture from the livestock perspective, learning techniques to meet their nutritional needs, maximize pasture dry matter intake, provide low stress handling, provide the correct supplemental feeds and minerals, and when shade or shelter should be planned into grazing.

    CONTACT: Email Laurie at laurief@stonebarnscenter.org<mailto:laurief@stonebarnscenter.org> with any questions.
  • Celebrate Your Farmer Pizza Social at Wood's Market Garden
    5:30pm - 7:30pm
    Wood's Market Garden, 93 Woods Lane, Brandon, VT 05733
    COST: $10 suggested donation

    Join this event for farm-fresh pizza and a celebration of Wood’s Market Garden! Wood’s Market Garden is a certified organic fruit, vegetable and flower farm with a farmstand and CSA. Come and enjoy dinner baked in NOFA-VT's wood-fired pizza oven, followed by a farm tour.

    CONTACT: Visit https://nofavt.org/events/celebrate-your-farmer-social-woods-market-garden to register, or contact Kyla Bedard at kyla@nofavt.org<mailto:kyla@nofavt.org> for more information.
  • Summervale
    5:30pm - 8:00pm
    80 Intervale Road, Burlington, VT
    COST: Free (donations accepted)

    Join the Intervale Center every Thursday from July 5 to August 30 from 5:30 to 8 PM for local food, live music, slow food Vermont tastings, kids activities, and more.

    CONTACT: Visit https://www.intervale.org/summervale for more information, or contact Abby Portman at abby@intervale.org<mailto:abby@intervale.org>.

Sat Aug 18

  • Land Listeners Workshop
    9:00am - 5:00pm
    Howling Wolf Farm, 209 Tilton Road, Randolph, VT
    COST: Free

    Curious about how to see a landscape as a whole system? Do you want to understand and track the impact of grazing and land management on soil health, watershed function, soil carbon, and public health? Join us at Howling Wolf Farm - a diversified, grass-based livestock farm. This free participatory daylong workshop will cover detailed theory in whole systems landscape function, soil health principles, and the work of biology in creating the soil carbon sponge. Participants will also learn hands-on skills to make and upload observations to help monitor the health and function of your farm and other working lands. These include visual assessments of soil health, biological work, and water infiltration, as well as how to record repeatable geolocated observations to track changes over time and space.

    CONTACT: Visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/land-listeners-workshop-tickets-47222411504 to register, or RSVP to CatDuffyBuxton@gmail.com<mailto:CatDuffyBuxton@gmail.com>.

Tue Aug 21

  • Improving Soil Health for Commercial Growers
    3:00pm - 6:00pm
    Good Heart Farmstead, 155 Dugar Road Extension, Wocerster VT, 05682
    COST: $20 for NOFA members, $30 for non-members

    Join Becky Maden, Vegetable Nutrient Management Specialist with UVM Extension and farmers Edge and Kate of Good Heart Farmstead, to tour their farm taking a look at the practices they’ve incorporated to build their soils, making them more resilient. The workshop will conclude with a group discussion on cover cropping; an opportunity for farmers to share their successes and challenges.

    CONTACT: Visit https://nofavt.org/events/improving-soil-health to register, or contact Kyla Bedard at for more information.

Thu Aug 23

  • Artificial Insemination of Dairy Cattle and Reproductive Management (3 Day Event, 8/23 -- 8/25)
    8:00am - 4:00pm
    Vermont Tech, Randolph Center, VT, Red School House
    COST: $450

    Students will receive an overview of the bovine reproductive cycle and common reproductive management interventions. The class will spend three hours developing palpating skills and three hours artificially inseminating dairy cattle. This course is partnered with Select Sire (12 hours lecture, 6 hours laboratory).

    CONTACT: Visit https://www.vtc.edu/ag-course/artificial-insemination-dairy-cattle-and-reproductive-management for more information and to register.
  • Seed Saving (NY Event)
    6:00pm - 8:00pm
    CCE-Topminks Education Center, 615 Willow Avenue, Ithaca NY
    COST: $7-10 (self-determined sliding scale)

    Saving your own seeds is an amazing way to take your gardening to the next level while growing the best plants that are most adapted to YOUR garden site and saving money while you're at it. Learn the tricks to saving seeds in our wet climate and some easy crops to save in any garden. We will also go over a bit of advanced seed saving for trickier crops that need isolation or wet fermentation. Learn to save your own flower and vegetable seeds for next year’s garden and to share with others! In this hands-on class participants will learn the basic principles of seed saving such as which home garden species you can save seed from, how to harvest, clean and process, and how to store them for the next year. Learn the basics of saving wet seeded crops such as tomatoes and peppers.

    CONTACT: Pre-registration is required. Register and pay online on the link below, or call CCE Tompkins at 607-272-2292 and we'll register you online with your input. For more information, visit http://ccetompkins.org/events/2018/08/23/seed-saving or contact Jennie Cramer (jrc10@cornell.edu<mailto:jrc10@cornell.edu>).
  • Summervale
    5:30pm - 8:00pm
    80 Intervale Road, Burlington, VT
    COST: Free (donations accepted)

    Join the Intervale Center every Thursday from July 5 to August 30 from 5:30 to 8 PM for local food, live music, slow food Vermont tastings, kids activities, and more.

    CONTACT: Visit https://www.intervale.org/summervale for more information, or contact Abby Portman at abby@intervale.org<mailto:abby@intervale.org>.
  • Celebrate Your Farmer Pizza Social at Bear Roots Farm
    5:30pm - 8:00pm
    Bear Roots Farm, 175 Snowbridge Road, Barre, VT 05641
    COST: $10 suggested donation

    Join this event for farm-fresh pizza and a celebration of Bear Roots Farm! Bear Roots Farm is a certified organic vegetable farm with a year round CSA. Come and enjoy dinner baked in NOFA-VT's wood-fired pizza oven, followed by a farm tour.

    CONTACT: Visit https://nofavt.org/events/celebrate-your-farmer-social-bear-roots to register, or contact Kyla Bedard at kyla@nofavt.org<mailto:kyla@nofavt.org> for more information.

Fri Aug 24

  • Artificial Insemination of Dairy Cattle and Reproductive Management (3 Day Event, 8/23 -- 8/25)
    8:00am - 4:00pm
    Vermont Tech, Randolph Center, VT, Red School House
    COST: $450

    Students will receive an overview of the bovine reproductive cycle and common reproductive management interventions. The class will spend three hours developing palpating skills and three hours artificially inseminating dairy cattle. This course is partnered with Select Sire (12 hours lecture, 6 hours laboratory).

    CONTACT: Visit https://www.vtc.edu/ag-course/artificial-insemination-dairy-cattle-and-reproductive-management for more information and to register.

Sat Aug 25

  • Artificial Insemination of Dairy Cattle and Reproductive Management (3 Day Event, 8/23 -- 8/25)
    8:00am - 4:00pm
    Vermont Tech, Randolph Center, VT, Red School House
    COST: $450

    Students will receive an overview of the bovine reproductive cycle and common reproductive management interventions. The class will spend three hours developing palpating skills and three hours artificially inseminating dairy cattle. This course is partnered with Select Sire (12 hours lecture, 6 hours laboratory).

    CONTACT: Visit https://www.vtc.edu/ag-course/artificial-insemination-dairy-cattle-and-reproductive-management for more information and to register.

Sun Aug 26

  • Veterans Homestead Series: Preserving Your Harvest
    10:00am - 2:00pm
    Tandem, Briston, Vermont
    COST: Free

    Preserving your harvest. Event is free and open to veterans, their families and those who work with veterans.

    CONTACT: For more information contact Jon Turner by phone (802-377-1214) or email (wildrootsfarmvt@gmail.com<mailto:wildrootsfarmvt@gmail.com>).

Thu Aug 30

  • Celebrate Your Farmer Pizza Social at Grateful Morning Farm
    5:30pm - 7:30pm
    Grateful Morning Farm, 75 Lawrence Road, Shaftsbury, VT 05262
    COST: $10 suggested donation

    Join this event for farm-fresh pizza and a celebration of Grateful Morning Farm! Grateful Morning Farm is a certified organic dairy farm milking 40 cows. Come and enjoy dinner baked in NOFA-VT's wood-fired pizza oven, followed by a farm tour.

    CONTACT: Visit https://nofavt.org/events/celebrate-your-farmer-social-grateful-morning-farm to register, or contact Kyla Bedard at kyla@nofavt.org<mailto:kyla@nofavt.org> for more information.
  • Summervale
    5:30pm - 8:00pm
    80 Intervale Road, Burlington, VT
    COST: Free (donations accepted)

    Join the Intervale Center every Thursday from July 5 to August 30 from 5:30 to 8 PM for local food, live music, slow food Vermont tastings, kids activities, and more.

    CONTACT: Visit https://www.intervale.org/summervale for more information, or contact Abby Portman at abby@intervale.org<mailto:abby@intervale.org>.

Thu Sep 06

  • Celebrate Your Farmer Pizza Social at Arbor Farmstead
    5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Arbor Farmstead, 3 Faywood Road, Grand Isle, VT 05458
    COST: $10 suggested donation

    Join this event for farm-fresh pizza and a celebration of Arbor Farmstead! Arbor Farmstead grows perennial fruit using regenerative practices while preserving biodiverse woodlands. Come and enjoy dinner baked in NOFA-VT's wood-fired pizza oven, followed by a farm tour.

    CONTACT: Visit https://nofavt.org/events/celebrate-your-farmer-social-arbor-farmstead to register, or contact Kyla Bedard at kyla@nofavt.org<mailto:kyla@nofavt.org> for more information.

Sun Sep 30

  • Veterans Homestead Series: Livestock integration and rotational grazing
    10:00am - 2:00pm
    Plew Family Farm, Mt. Holy, Vermont
    COST: Free

    Livestock integration and rotational grazing. Event is free and open to veterans, their families and those who work with veterans.

    CONTACT: For more information contact Jon Turner by phone (802-377-1214) or email (wildrootsfarmvt@gmail.com<mailto:wildrootsfarmvt@gmail.com>).