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Fri Aug 17

  • Nutrition's Role in Sustainable Livestock Production Practices (MA Event)
    9:00am - 12:00pm
    UMass Amherst Hadley Farm, 11 North Maple Street, Hadley, MA

    COST: Free

    A workshop series for agricultural service providers and farmers on nutrition and its direct link to the health and well-being of animals. This pasture walk will show pasture rotation to control/reduce parasite activity in sheep and goats, discussion and demonstration of the fecal methods employed to test animals for parasitic activity, FAMACHA scoring, Body Condition Scoring goats.

    CONTAC: To register, visit: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeAo68UrFusjyqK_o8jU3M-fBOZkJhXHKDBulrEpT5KSmnVig/viewform. For more information, contact jean.king@uconn.edu<mailto:jean.king@uconn.edu>.

  • Farm Planning and Grazing School (MA Event, 2-day Event 8/17-8/19)
    1:30pm - 5:00pm
    Triple S Farm, 875 Horseneck Road, Dartmouth, MA

    COST: $25-$70

    The first part of this session will include a farm visit and discussion of land base assessment. The course will review how different grazing management methods can increase, or decrease the number of acres needed for the herd. The course will review how to size paddocks, calculate stocking density and stocking rate and how that helps determine what the ideal herd size is for your farm. Then the course will look at how to tie that information into cash flow projections and business planning. Participants will look at how setting different pasture dry matter intake goals or adjusting the type of grazing system can change how many animals the farm can support, and what the cost of production will be.

    CONTACT: To register and for more information, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/farm-planning-and-grazing-school-with-sarah-flack-tickets-46986379526#tickets.

  • Open Farm Week Farm Tour: Blue Ledge Farm and Fairy Tale Farm
    10:00am - 3:30pm
    Meet at City Market, 82 S Winooski Ave, Burlington, VT

    Cost: $10 City Market Members, $15 Non-Members

    This summer farm tour during Vermont Open Farm Week will visit Blue Ledge Farm in Salisbury to meet their goats and do some cheese tasting. The tour will also visit Fairy Tale Farm to see their sheep, try some more cheese, and enjoy some gelato from the farm. Light snacks will be provided but participants are encouraged to bring a brown bag lunch (we will have a cooler). Participants should meet at City Market by 9:45am, where we will take a van and travel as a group.

    CONTACT: To sign up, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/open-farm-week-farm-tour-blue-ledge-farm-fairy-tale-farm-tickets-47953708834.

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>.

  • Open Farm Week Crop Mob at Pitchfork Farm
    9:00am - 12:00pm
    Pitchfork Farm, Intervale road, Burlington, VT

    COST: Free.

    Join this volunteer work party at Pitchfork Farm<http://www.pitchforkfarmvt.com/about/> with Rob and his crew during Open Farm Week to help with weeding and thinning fall beets and carrots among other projects. Light snacks will be provided. Please come prepared with appropriate layers, sturdy shoes, work gloves, and water. City Market Member Workers can earn hours for their time.

    CONTAC: For more information, visit http://www.vtfarmtoplate.com/events/1568#.W0y0UbgpDcs.

  • Farm Planning and Grazing School (MA Event, 2-Day Event 8/17-8/18)
    10:00am - 4:00pm
    Weatherlow Farms, 845 Sodom Road, Westport, MA

    COST: $25-$70

    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, this workshop will look at the needs of perennial pasture plants and how to meet those needs by following the grazing guidelines. From there we will do some group exercises and practice to learn how to calculate paddock sizes, stocking densities, stocking rates and understand what the ideal number of acres for a flock or herd is. The course then use real farm examples to practice dry matter measurements, paddock sizing, stock density and learn more about perennial plant anatomy and physiology. In the afternoon the course will look at pasture from the livestock perspective, learning techniques to meet their nutritional needs, maximize pasture dry matter intake, provide low-stress handling and when shade or shelter should be planned into the grazing. Though out the day participants will look at practical ways to apply this information to improve pasture quality and productivity, while also improving livestock well-being and performance. This session will include indoor classroom time and outdoor time in the pastures.

    CONTACT: To register and for more information, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/farm-planning-and-grazing-school-with-sarah-flack-tickets-46986379526#tickets.

Sun Aug 19

  • Orchard Strolls & Hard Cider Tasting at Scott Farm (VT Open Farm Week)
    10:00am - 12:00pm
    Scott Farm, 707 Kipling Road, Dummerston, VT

    COST: Free

    In celebration of the 4th Annual Vermont Open Farm Week, Scott Farm is offering an Heirloom Orchard Stroll with Orchardist Zeke Goodband (10 am), and a Hard Cider Tasting by Whetstone Ciderworks of Marlboro, VT (11-Noon), plus the Farm Market will be open from 9:30-Noon on Sat. and Sunday (regular hours start Sept 1). Join Zeke to learn about the history of Scott Farm's heirloom fruits, orchard ecology, pest management, and how grafting was used to create the orchard.

    CONTACT: Visit https://scottfarmvermont.com/farm-events/ for more information.

  • Exploring Fruit Preservation Through Peaches
    12:30pm - 3:30pm
    Scott Farm, 707 Kipling Road, Dummerston, VT

    COST: $50

    Join Vermont cookbook author Andrea Chesman in the Apple Barn at Scott Farm to learn about steam and water bath canning, drying, and freezing peaches. Taste and compare samples of preserved peaches and jams, and prepare fresh peaches for steam canning to take home, along with a tote of Scott Farm’s fresh peaches.

    CONTAC: Register online <https://scottfarmvermont.com/registration/> or by calling 802-254-6868.

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.

Wed Aug 22

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.

  • Commercial Cider Making Workshop
    11:30am - 3:30pm
    Walden Heights Nursery & Orchard, 120 Route 215, Walden, VT

    COST: Free

    Presented by UVM Extension & Center for an Agricultural Economy. Getting serious about cider marking? Come learn quality control best practices and latest equipment recommendations for handling, storing, and processing of apples after harvest. Learn how food-safe practices can ensure quality control. Discuss potential value-added products with food safety experts, including the safety of shelf-stable acidic and acidified foods, cider pasteurization, UV cider processing, and the laws around hard cider production. This workshop is intended for people interested in pursuing commercial value-added apple products (cider, jams, vinegars, etc.). Participants should come with questions about specific products, designs and processes that they are considering. This event is free but registration is required. Signs for Parking will be posted. Lunch will be provided.

    CONTACT: To register and for more information, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/commercial-cider-making-workshop-tickets-48369994957?utm-medium=discovery&utm-campaign=social&utm-content=attendeeshare&aff=escb&utm-source=cp&utm-term=listing%20.

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.

  • Spiritual Gardening: Dowsing & Agriculture
    1:00pm - 4:30pm
    Earthwise Farm & Forest, 341 Macintosh Hill Road, Bethel, VT

    Cost: $45

    This hands-on workshop will incorporate farming/gardening/animal husbandry with some tools and ideas to assist in connecting with the unseen energetic intelligences, creating an environment of spiritual exploration and co-creation. With the use of some common dowsing tools, participants will come away with an understanding of the limitless potential of dowsing and the spiritual approaches to farming, gardening, and working with animals. Attendees will be introduced to: Garden Layout & Design, Map Dowsing, Working with Nature Spirits, Elementals, Garden Devas & other Earth Energies, and Livestock Health & Well-being.

    Contact: Visit http://www.earthwisefarmandforest.com/dowsing-and-agriculture for more information and to register, or contact Lisa McCroy at Lmccrory560@gmail.com<mailto:Lmccrory560@gmail.com>.

Sun Aug 26

  • Butter, Yogurt, and Cheese Making Class
    1:00pm - 4:30pm
    Earthwise Farm & Forest, 341 Macintosh Hill Road, Bethel, VT

    Cost: $40 per person ($75 for two people)

    Participants of this class will: learn a few different ways to make yogurt - successfully and consistently, get introduced to a couple different soft cheeses that are easy and fun to make, and learn the tricks for making delicious butter and using butter molds. Class will include a handout. 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: Visit http://www.earthwisefarmandforest.com/raw_dairy_processing.html for more information and to register, or email Lisa McCroy at Lmccrory560@gmail.com<mailto:Lmccrory560@gmail.com> with any questions.


  • 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>).

  • Management Intensive Grazing for the Diversified Farm
    10:00am - 4:00pm
    Earthwise Farm & Forest, 341 MacIntosh Hill Road, Randolph, VT

    COST: $70/person

    Management Intensive Grazing, also known as ‘Rational Grazing’, is a form of grazing management that can improve pasture forage yields, improve feed quality, increase plant species diversity, improve livestock performance, build organic matter & soil nutrient levels, and increase the biological life in your soil. This class will provide instruction for setting up a successful grazing system on a diversified farm, using poultry, horses, cows, sheep, goats and/or pigs. Participants will be introduced to fencing & water system designs, and movable structures for hogs, poultry, and small ruminants, and will learn how to determine daily feed needs of various types of livestock.

    CONTACT: Visit http://www.earthwisefarmandforest.com/management-intensive-grazing for more information or contact Lisa McCrory by email (Lmccrory560@gmail.com<mailto:Lmccrory560@gmail.com>) or phone (802-234-5524).

Wed Aug 29

  • Tour a Homestead as it Begins (ME Event)
    6:00pm - 8:00pm
    20 Hunt Road, Windsor, ME

    COST: Free.

    You've purchased your unimproved land with dreams of a homestead or farm. Now what? Join Steve Rodrigue for a tour of his land and see his progress of establishing a homestead after three seasons of work on an unimproved woodlot parcel. He will discuss his overall vision and process for the project as well as giving a guided tour to the off-grid small house he designed and built.

    CONTAC: Email Anna at alibby@mofga.org<mailto:alibby@mofga.org?subject=Inquiry%20from%20MOFGA%20Website> with any questions or for more information.

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

  • Smoking & Sausage (2-Day Event 9/6-9/7)
    9:00am - 5:00pm
    Mad River Food Hub, 151 Mad River Canoe Road, Waitsfield, VT

    Cost: $400

    This training will cover the two primary methods of producing meat value-added products: sausage making and smoking. On day one, participants will learn how to fabricate primals for production, trim for sausage, grind, and stuff. On day two, participants will learn how to brine, dry-cure, and smoke bacon, hams, pastrami, and sausages. This training will place an emphasis on maximizing the utilization of an animal, and how to add the most possible value while also producing a delicious product. Day 1: Sausage: Intro, pork butchery demo, sausage grinding and stuffing. Day 2: Smoking: Pork fabrication demo, brining, dry curing, and smoking.

    Contact: Visit https://www.vtc.edu/meet-vtc/centers-institutes/ag-institute/short-courses for more information and to register, or contact Molly Willard at mwillard2@vtc.edu<mailto:mwillard2@vtc.edu>.

  • 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.

Fri Sep 07

  • Smoking & Sausage (2-Day Event 9/6-9/7)
    9:00am - 5:00pm
    Mad River Food Hub, 151 Mad River Canoe Road, Waitsfield, VT

    Cost: $400

    This training will cover the two primary methods of producing meat value-added products: sausage making and smoking. On day one, participants will learn how to fabricate primals for production, trim for sausage, grind, and stuff. On day two, participants will learn how to brine, dry-cure, and smoke bacon, hams, pastrami, and sausages. This training will place an emphasis on maximizing the utilization of an animal, and how to add the most possible value while also producing a delicious product. Day 1: Sausage: Intro, pork butchery demo, sausage grinding and stuffing. Day 2: Smoking: Pork fabrication demo, brining, dry curing, and smoking.

    Contact: Visit https://www.vtc.edu/meet-vtc/centers-institutes/ag-institute/short-courses for more information and to register, or contact Molly Willard at mwillard2@vtc.edu<mailto:mwillard2@vtc.edu>.

Sat Sep 08

  • Pollinators
    1:00pm - 3:00pm
    Kiosk parking area at the entrance to West Farm Road, Jeffersonville, VT

    Cost: Free

    John Hayden of The Farm Between will share his expertise on pollinators, what’s threatening them, how to attract them in your garden and much, much more. Meet at the kiosk parking area at the entrance to West Farm Road in Jeffersonville.

    Contact: Email Stacy at stacy@intervale.org<mailto:stacy@intervale.org> for more information.

Sun Sep 09

  • Pasture Walk at the farm of David Greeley (ME Event)
    4:00pm - 6:00pm
    291 Hatch Rd, Jackson, ME

    Cost: Free

    David has been grazing beef cows on the farm in Jackson for many years. Learn about his cow and fertility management on the beautiful farm in Jackson. Starting in 1994, there have been 4 bio-mass harvests totaling about 60 acres that are now in hay or pasture. In addition are over 100 acres of Silvopasture helping support 40 brood cows and their calves. Sponsored by Maine Grass Farmers Network.

    Contact: Contact Diane Schivera with questions, 207-568-6022, dianes@mofga.org<mailto:dianes@mofga.org?subject=Inquiry%20from%20MOFGA%20Website>.

  • Pesticides & Herbicides: Farm Tour & Panel Discussion
    4:00pm - 7:00pm
    The Farm Between, 3727 CT-15, Jeffersonville, VT

    Cost: Free

    Rural Vermont and The Farm Between<http://www.thefarmbetween.com> will explore the use of pesticides and herbicides in Vermont. John Hayden will provide a tour of The Farm Between and its goals and practices in relationship to pollinator and insect health; a panel will provide information and perspective on policy, research, practices, and responses (on and off farm) related to pesticide use; and there will be time for socializing as we enjoy food from the wood-fired NOFA pizza oven and snow-cone slushies made from The Farm Between's own simple syrups! The goal of this event is for folks to leave this event with more information about pesticides, policy related to pesticides, and what people and communities in Vermont - on and off the farm - are doing in response.

    Contact: Visit https://www.ruralvermont.org/events/2018/9/9/pesticides-herbicides-farm-tour-panel-discussion for more information.

Mon Sep 10

  • Seed Saving and Production on a Diversified Farm (ME Event)
    5:00pm - 7:30pm
    Seven Tree Farm, 97 Holman Day Road, Vassalboro, ME

    Cost: Free

    Roberta Bailey of Fedco Seeds operates Seven Tree Farm, 18 acres with six field plots, a high tunnel, an orchard and grape arbor, and extensive fruit and berry plantings. The farm also includes a many post and beam buildings and a root cellar. Roberta focuses on growing much of the food for herself and her partner, Rob Lemire, and on raising commercial seed crops on a small-farm scale. Seed crops can work well with field production gardens, further diversifying farm income and securing seed supply in some situations. The talk will focus on interplanting seed crops in gardens or field plots, using the byproducts of the crop for food production or value-added products to sell, and on basic seed saving and plant genetics, crop nutrition, rotations, isolations, and how to harvest and dry seed. The talk will cover biennials such as beets and carrots as well. Potluck to follow.

    Contact: For more information or directions, call 568-4142, email education@mofga.org<mailto:education@mofga.org?subject=FTP%20info> or check this webpage.

Wed Sep 12

  • Lessons We Can Learn From The Pasture (NY Event, 2-Day Event 9/12-9/13)
    9:00am - 5:00pm
    The Heron Farm & Event Center, 2361 Wait Corners Road, Sherman NY

    Cost: $35-70

    Led by Sarah Flack, Dr. Silvia Abel-Caines, Ruminant Nutritionist for Organic Valley/CROPP, Steve Gabriel with the Finger Lakes Permaculture Institute and Jonathan Zeiset, Zeiset Ag Consulting. This event will be an in-depth look at pasture forages and how to create diversity in the pasture while supplying animals with the proper nutrition for increased weight gains in beef and increasing milk components in milk. The emphasis will be on building high quality, low cost forages, increasing the diversity in the forage selection and building the microbial population in your soils. This workshop will also look at ways to improving net income by utilizing all of the pasture resources including the use of “silvo-pasture” woodland grazing.

    Contact: Visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lessons-we-can-learn-from-the-pasture-tickets-44168944502 to register and for more information, or call 877-393-4484 with any questions.

  • Lamb Breakdown (ME Event)
    5:00pm - 8:00pm
    Sowbelly Butchery, Jefferson, ME

    Cost: Free

    Join butcher and farmer Logan Higger for a demonstration of breaking down a lamb. Learn what butchers look for to assess the quality of a carcass and what options you have for cutting up primal sections. Learn how to best explain these options to your customers and communicate with your butcher. Potluck to follow.

    Contact: For more information or directions, call 568-4142, email education@mofga.org<mailto:education@mofga.org?subject=FTP%20info> or check this webpage.

Thu Sep 13

  • Lessons We Can Learn From The Pasture (NY Event, 2-Day Event 9/12-9/13)
    9:00am - 5:00pm
    The Heron Farm & Event Center, 2361 Wait Corners Road, Sherman NY

    Cost: $35-70

    Led by Sarah Flack, Dr. Silvia Abel-Caines, Ruminant Nutritionist for Organic Valley/CROPP, Steve Gabriel with the Finger Lakes Permaculture Institute and Jonathan Zeiset, Zeiset Ag Consulting. This event will be an in-depth look at pasture forages and how to create diversity in the pasture while supplying animals with the proper nutrition for increased weight gains in beef and increasing milk components in milk. The emphasis will be on building high quality, low cost forages, increasing the diversity in the forage selection and building the microbial population in your soils. This workshop will also look at ways to improving net income by utilizing all of the pasture resources including the use of “silvo-pasture” woodland grazing.

    Contact: Visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lessons-we-can-learn-from-the-pasture-tickets-44168944502 to register and for more information, or call 877-393-4484 with any questions.

  • Fermentation and Added Value Products (NY Event)
    10:00am - 3:30pm
    Stone Barns Cetner, 630 Bedford Road, Pocantico Hills, NY

    Cost: $25

    Raw, vitamin rich, and full of probiotics, traditionally lacto-fermented foods such as sauerkraut, kimchi, and brined pickles are both delicious and healthy. They are also fun and easy to make and can add great value to your farm production. This all day class is an introduction to the theory and practice of lacto-fermentation, including the basic definitions and hands-on creation of several styles of fermented food. Michaela will address what the benefits are of creating and eating lacto-fermented foods, and will introduce the requirements of adding a fermented food product to a farm business. Then together, participants will create some fermented foods to take home, including sauerkraut, kimchi, kombucha and ginger beer.


    Contact: Email Laurie at laurief@stonebarnscenter.org<mailto:laurief@stonebarnscenter.org> for more information.

  • Advanced Compost Series (NY Event)
    6:00pm - 7:30pm
    CCE-Tompkins Education Center, 615 Willow Avenue, Ithaca, NY

    COST: $5 per person per class, or $10 for three class series

    Go beyond the basics and "dig deeper" into the art and science of composting in this three-class series:

    * Class 1 - how it works / the composting process
    * Class 2 - testing and use
    * Class 3 - troubleshooting and advanced techniques
    Come to one class or them all. Go home with some new ideas, and with a more complete understanding of how composting works.

    CONTACT: To register online, visit http://db.ccetompkins.org/programs/civicrm/event/info?id=1416&reset=1. You may also call Cooperative Extension during businesses hours to register (607) 272-2292, or contact Adam Michaelides at acm1@cornell.edu<mailto:acm1@cornell.edu> with any questions.

  • Vermont Master Composter Course
    6:00pm - 7:00pm
    63 Carrigan Dr., 206 Jeffords, Burlington VT (Online)

    Cost: $50 in-state, $150 out-of-state

    Anyone with a garden, lawn, trees or house plants has a use for compost. Composting is about recycling organic material back to the soil in a usable form. Composting is practical, convenient and inexpensive. 100% Live Online-Topics Include: Soil and Decomposition Ecology, Biology of Composting, , Recipe Design, Disease Control, Site, and Container Selection, VT Act 148, Managing the Compost Process, Troubleshooting, Educational Outreach, Worm Composting.

    Contact: Go to http://go.uvm.edu/vtmastercomposter for more information, or contact Lisa Chouinar at lisa.chouinard@uvm.edu<mailto:lisa.chouinard@uvm.edu> with questions.

Sun Sep 16

  • Vermont's Tour de Farms Bike Ride
    8:30am - 5:00pm
    Vergennes Union High School, 50 Monkton Road, Vergennes, VT

    Cost: $25-$57

    The Tour will kick off at the Vergennes Union High School, ride along some of the most scenic roads in the Champlain Valley, and end at the Eat on the Green festival in downtown Vergennes. The 2018 Tour features a 30-mile route with 6 farm stops and a shorter, kid-friendly 10-mile route for those who prefer a more relaxed adventure. Over 30 local farms, food businesses and restaurants will be participating.

    Contact: Visit http://www.acornvt.org/tourdefarms/ for more information and to register, or contact Amelia Norris at amelia@acornvt.org<mailto:amelia@acornvt.org>.

Tue Sep 18

  • Growing Hemp in MA: Opportunities for Farmers & Others (MA Event)
    6:00pm - 8:30pm
    John W. Olver Transit Center, Allen Meeting Room, 12 Olive St, Greenfield, MA

    Cost: Free

    The Franklin Regional Council of Governments (FRCOG), MA Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR), Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA), and CISA invite you to this workshop for farmers, local officials, and others. Growing and refining hemp (which refers to strains of cannabis plants and products made from it used for industrial purposes, such as to make textiles, CBD oils, or other consumer products) is now legal in Massachusetts, and following the passage of new state legislation, there is new information for farmers and others on responsibilities and options. This workshop will address: What does the state law allow and require, what are the Massachusetts regulations that apply to potential hemp farmers and product manufacturers, and what have we learned from the first season of hemp growing in Massachusetts? Taryn LaScola, Director of the Division of Crop and Pest Services at the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources, will be presenting. A light dinner will be provided.

    Contact: RSVP required: to register, click here<https://goo.gl/forms/N1yGnD2Q2qTlCtj22> or call 413-774-3167 (ext.101).

Thu Sep 20

  • Soil Carbon Coalition Land Listener Workshop
    9:00am - 5:00pm
    Butterworks Farm, 421 Trumpass Road, Westfield, VT

    Cost: Free

    Curious about how to see a landscape as a whole system? Or how to understand and track the impact of grazing and land management on soil health, watershed function, soil carbon, and public health? These participatory daylong workshops 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 monitor the health and function of the 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 in the open source www.atlasbiowork.com<http://www.atlasbiowork.com> database to track changes over time and space. Jack and Anne Lazor will talk about their soil health practices, and special guests Sarah Flack and Heather Darby will share research on how 100% grass fed dairy production affects animal performance and soil health.


    Contact: Visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/land-listeners-workshop-westfield-vt-tickets-47906221799 for more information, or contact Cat Buxton at catduffyboxton@gmail.com<mailto:catduffyboxton@gmail.com>.

  • Advanced Compost Series (NY Event)
    6:00pm - 7:30pm
    CCE-Tompkins Education Center, 615 Willow Avenue, Ithaca, NY

    COST: $5 per person per class, or $10 for three class series

    Go beyond the basics and "dig deeper" into the art and science of composting in this three-class series:

    * Class 1 - how it works / the composting process
    * Class 2 - testing and use
    * Class 3 - troubleshooting and advanced techniques
    Come to one class or them all. Go home with some new ideas, and with a more complete understanding of how composting works.

    CONTACT: To register online, visit http://db.ccetompkins.org/programs/civicrm/event/info?id=1416&reset=1. You may also call Cooperative Extension during businesses hours to register (607) 272-2292, or contact Adam Michaelides at acm1@cornell.edu<mailto:acm1@cornell.edu> with any questions.

  • Vermont Master Composter Course
    6:00pm - 7:00pm
    63 Carrigan Dr., 206 Jeffords, Burlington VT (Online)

    Cost: $50 in-state, $150 out-of-state

    Anyone with a garden, lawn, trees or house plants has a use for compost. Composting is about recycling organic material back to the soil in a usable form. Composting is practical, convenient and inexpensive. 100% Live Online-Topics Include: Soil and Decomposition Ecology, Biology of Composting, , Recipe Design, Disease Control, Site, and Container Selection, VT Act 148, Managing the Compost Process, Troubleshooting, Educational Outreach, Worm Composting.

    Contact: Go to http://go.uvm.edu/vtmastercomposter for more information, or contact Lisa Chouinar at lisa.chouinard@uvm.edu<mailto:lisa.chouinard@uvm.edu> with questions.

Sat Sep 22

  • Management Intensive Grazing for the Diversified Farm
    10:00am - 4:00pm
    Earthwise Farm & Forest, 341 Mcintosh Hill Road, Bethel, VT

    Cost: $70

    Management Intensive Grazing, also known as ‘Rational Grazing’, is a form of grazing management that can improve pasture forage yields, improve feed quality, increase plant species diversity, improve livestock performance, build organic matter & soil nutrient levels, and increase the biological life in your soil. Taking weather, biology, ecology, livestock management, and technology (ie electric fencing, water systems, your smart phone aps) into consideration can help make a successful grazing system.

    This class will provide instruction for setting up a successful grazing system on a diversified farm, using poultry, horses, cows, sheep, goats and/or pigs. Participants will be introduced to fencing & water system designs, and movable structures for hogs, poultry, and small ruminants, and will learn how to determine daily feed needs of various types of livestock. This class is also appropriate for farmers who have only one type of livestock and want to manage their pastures well.

    Contact: Visit http://www.earthwisefarmandforest.com/management-intensive-grazing for more information and to register, or contact Lisa McCroy at Lmccrory560@gmail.com<mailto:Lmccrory560@gmail.com>.

Wed Sep 26

  • Bringing Visitors to the Farm: Warm Colors Apiary (MA Event)
    4:00pm - 6:00pm
    Warm Colors Apiary, 2 South Mill River Road, South Deerfield, MA

    Cost: Free

    Warm Colors Apiary is a 2018 Local Hero Awardee in part, because of their commitment to educating the community about the world of beekeeping through workshops and multi-day classes. From the curious enthusiast to the serious beekeeper, Dan and Bonita have hosted people on their farm since the turn of the 21st century. Please join them at their farm this September to hear about how they coordinate and manage their educational programming as well as the annual Honey Festival (it’s 16th year will be held on September 15th). Light refreshments will be provided

    Contact: Visit https://www.buylocalfood.org/event/bringing-visitors-to-the-farm-warm-colors-apiary/ to RSVP, or contact Stevie Schafenacker<https://www.buylocalfood.org/event/bringing-visitors-to-the-farm-warm-colors-apiary/stevie@buylocalfood.org> for more information.

Thu Sep 27

  • Advanced Compost Series (NY Event)
    6:00pm - 7:30pm
    CCE-Tompkins Education Center, 615 Willow Avenue, Ithaca, NY

    COST: $5 per person per class, or $10 for three class series

    Go beyond the basics and "dig deeper" into the art and science of composting in this three-class series:

    * Class 1 - how it works / the composting process
    * Class 2 - testing and use
    * Class 3 - troubleshooting and advanced techniques
    Come to one class or them all. Go home with some new ideas, and with a more complete understanding of how composting works.

    CONTACT: To register online, visit http://db.ccetompkins.org/programs/civicrm/event/info?id=1416&reset=1. You may also call Cooperative Extension during businesses hours to register (607) 272-2292, or contact Adam Michaelides at acm1@cornell.edu<mailto:acm1@cornell.edu> with any questions.

  • Vermont Master Composter Course
    6:00pm - 7:00pm
    63 Carrigan Dr., 206 Jeffords, Burlington VT (Online)

    Cost: $50 in-state, $150 out-of-state

    Anyone with a garden, lawn, trees or house plants has a use for compost. Composting is about recycling organic material back to the soil in a usable form. Composting is practical, convenient and inexpensive. 100% Live Online-Topics Include: Soil and Decomposition Ecology, Biology of Composting, , Recipe Design, Disease Control, Site, and Container Selection, VT Act 148, Managing the Compost Process, Troubleshooting, Educational Outreach, Worm Composting.

    Contact: Go to http://go.uvm.edu/vtmastercomposter for more information, or contact Lisa Chouinar at lisa.chouinard@uvm.edu<mailto:lisa.chouinard@uvm.edu> with questions.

Sun Sep 30

  • Veterans Homestead Series: Livestock integration and rotational grazing
    10:00am - 2:00pm
    Plew Family Farm, 1966 Healdville Rd, 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>).

Thu Oct 04

  • Vermont Master Composter Course
    6:00pm - 7:00pm
    63 Carrigan Dr., 206 Jeffords, Burlington VT (Online)

    Cost: $50 in-state, $150 out-of-state

    Anyone with a garden, lawn, trees or house plants has a use for compost. Composting is about recycling organic material back to the soil in a usable form. Composting is practical, convenient and inexpensive. 100% Live Online-Topics Include: Soil and Decomposition Ecology, Biology of Composting, , Recipe Design, Disease Control, Site, and Container Selection, VT Act 148, Managing the Compost Process, Troubleshooting, Educational Outreach, Worm Composting.

    Contact: Go to http://go.uvm.edu/vtmastercomposter for more information, or contact Lisa Chouinar at lisa.chouinard@uvm.edu<mailto:lisa.chouinard@uvm.edu> with questions.

Sat Oct 06

  • Nose to Tail Pig Processing (ME Event)
    8:00am - 2:00pm
    MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, 294 Crosby Brook Road, Unity, ME

    Cost: $300 Mofga members ($350 non-members)

    The workshop will cover all the basic techniques of humane slaughter, carcass preparation, breakdown of the major components, and demonstrations of sanitary fresh and preservative processing using the entire animal.

    Contact: Visit https://78270.blackbaudhosting.com/78270/Nose-to-Tail-Pig-Processing to register.

Thu Oct 11

  • Vermont Master Composter Course
    6:00pm - 7:00pm
    63 Carrigan Dr., 206 Jeffords, Burlington VT (Online)

    Cost: $50 in-state, $150 out-of-state

    Anyone with a garden, lawn, trees or house plants has a use for compost. Composting is about recycling organic material back to the soil in a usable form. Composting is practical, convenient and inexpensive. 100% Live Online-Topics Include: Soil and Decomposition Ecology, Biology of Composting, , Recipe Design, Disease Control, Site, and Container Selection, VT Act 148, Managing the Compost Process, Troubleshooting, Educational Outreach, Worm Composting.

    Contact: Go to http://go.uvm.edu/vtmastercomposter for more information, or contact Lisa Chouinar at lisa.chouinard@uvm.edu<mailto:lisa.chouinard@uvm.edu> with questions.

Thu Oct 18

  • Vermont Master Composter Course
    6:00pm - 7:00pm
    63 Carrigan Dr., 206 Jeffords, Burlington VT (Online)

    Cost: $50 in-state, $150 out-of-state

    Anyone with a garden, lawn, trees or house plants has a use for compost. Composting is about recycling organic material back to the soil in a usable form. Composting is practical, convenient and inexpensive. 100% Live Online-Topics Include: Soil and Decomposition Ecology, Biology of Composting, , Recipe Design, Disease Control, Site, and Container Selection, VT Act 148, Managing the Compost Process, Troubleshooting, Educational Outreach, Worm Composting.

    Contact: Go to http://go.uvm.edu/vtmastercomposter for more information, or contact Lisa Chouinar at lisa.chouinard@uvm.edu<mailto:lisa.chouinard@uvm.edu> with questions.

Thu Oct 25

  • Vermont Master Composter Course
    6:00pm - 7:00pm
    63 Carrigan Dr., 206 Jeffords, Burlington VT (Online)

    Cost: $50 in-state, $150 out-of-state

    Anyone with a garden, lawn, trees or house plants has a use for compost. Composting is about recycling organic material back to the soil in a usable form. Composting is practical, convenient and inexpensive. 100% Live Online-Topics Include: Soil and Decomposition Ecology, Biology of Composting, , Recipe Design, Disease Control, Site, and Container Selection, VT Act 148, Managing the Compost Process, Troubleshooting, Educational Outreach, Worm Composting.

    Contact: Go to http://go.uvm.edu/vtmastercomposter for more information, or contact Lisa Chouinar at lisa.chouinard@uvm.edu<mailto:lisa.chouinard@uvm.edu> with questions.

Thu Nov 01

  • Vermont Master Composter Course
    6:00pm - 7:00pm
    63 Carrigan Dr., 206 Jeffords, Burlington VT (Online)

    Cost: $50 in-state, $150 out-of-state

    Anyone with a garden, lawn, trees or house plants has a use for compost. Composting is about recycling organic material back to the soil in a usable form. Composting is practical, convenient and inexpensive. 100% Live Online-Topics Include: Soil and Decomposition Ecology, Biology of Composting, , Recipe Design, Disease Control, Site, and Container Selection, VT Act 148, Managing the Compost Process, Troubleshooting, Educational Outreach, Worm Composting.

    Contact: Go to http://go.uvm.edu/vtmastercomposter for more information, or contact Lisa Chouinar at lisa.chouinard@uvm.edu<mailto:lisa.chouinard@uvm.edu> with questions.

Thu Nov 08

  • Vermont Master Composter Course
    6:00pm - 7:00pm
    63 Carrigan Dr., 206 Jeffords, Burlington VT (Online)

    Cost: $50 in-state, $150 out-of-state

    Anyone with a garden, lawn, trees or house plants has a use for compost. Composting is about recycling organic material back to the soil in a usable form. Composting is practical, convenient and inexpensive. 100% Live Online-Topics Include: Soil and Decomposition Ecology, Biology of Composting, , Recipe Design, Disease Control, Site, and Container Selection, VT Act 148, Managing the Compost Process, Troubleshooting, Educational Outreach, Worm Composting.

    Contact: Go to http://go.uvm.edu/vtmastercomposter for more information, or contact Lisa Chouinar at lisa.chouinard@uvm.edu<mailto:lisa.chouinard@uvm.edu> with questions.