We are glad to be able to share events likely to be useful for livestock farmers through this calendar, and do our best to keep these listings up-to-date and accurate.  Please do check with event hosts and venues directly for all details, including the possibility of event cancellations or switches between in-person and online formats.

Tue Apr 20 2021

Wed Apr 21 2021

Thu Apr 22 2021

  • Beginner's Guide to Raising Sheep
    6:00pm - 8:00pm

    Cost: $25


    Are you thinking about raising sheep for yourself or your family? Do you already have sheep, but want to brush up on some of the basics? Maybe you're looking to test the waters for a new business venture? Join us for this three-part series on the ins and outs of what it takes to raise sheep successfully in New Hampshire. We’ll start with the basics and end with more in-depth topics you can apply to your flock immediately, from regulations and pasture management to health and nutrition. Each session will cover something different, so be sure to attend all three!

    Getting Started—April 20

    * Site Selection, Housing, and Fencing; NH Sheep Producer
    * Animal Welfare, Handling and Processing Considerations; NH Sheep Producer

    Raising Sheep—April 21

    * Basic Nutrition and Health; Pete Erickson, UNH Cooperative Extension
    * Grazing Sheep and Pasture Management; Carl Majewski, UNH Cooperative Extension

    Regulations and Producer Roundtable—April 22

    * Regulations, Reportable Diseases, and More; NH Department Agriculture, Market & Food
    * Breeds, Biosecurity, and More: Closing Remarks from a NH Sheep Producer

    Contact: Visit https://extension.unh.edu/events/beginners-guide-raising-sheep-webinar?fbclid=IwAR1s57gpdDlV8Kxnq2eTXZQiKY1WeqLN3-i_dX5bg2Dd_bUoi3mRq0ee59k to register. UNH Students, contact Shyloh Favreau<mailto:Shyloh.Favreau@unh.edu?subject=I'd%20like%20to%20register%20for%20this%20Extension%20event&body=Hello%2C%20%0AI'd%20like%20to%20register%20for%20the%20Beginner's%20Guide%20to%20Raising%20Sheep%20event.%20Please%20provide%20instructions%20for%20my%20%20free%20student%20registration.%0A%0AThank%20you%2C%20%0A%5Bplease%20include%20your%20name%20here%5D%20%0A> for your registration code. For persons with disabilities requiring special accommodations, please contact Elaina Enzien at elaina.enzien@unh.edu<mailto:elaina.enzien@unh.edu> or at (603) 679-5616 prior to the event. Given ample time, we will make any reasonable effort to make accommodations. A fee is charged for this Extension program to cover costs. A limited number of scholarships is available to individuals unable to pay.

  • An Evening with Frances Moore LAPPÉ
    5:00pm - 6:30pm

    Cost: Hosted by Sustainable Woodstock and Pentangle Arts, with support from Vermont Humanities. All donations will benefit Pentangle Arts and Sustainable Woodstock. Donations can be made through Pentangle Arts at: ci.ovationtix.com/35996/store/donations/41238<http://ci.ovationtix.com/35996/store/donations/41238>

    Celebrate Earth Day with renowned activist and author Frances Moore Lappé as she presents: Climate Crisis In Focus: Finding Hope Through Democratic Action

    Frances Moore Lappé is the author or co-author of 20 books about world hunger, living democracy, and the environment, beginning with the three-million copy Diet for a Small Planet (1971). In Spring 2021, Lappé released It's Not Too Late! Crisis, Opportunity, and the Power of Hope.

    In America today, many of us can feel overwhelmed by the simultaneous political, economic, and climate crises upon us. Frances Moore Lappé discusses these three interacting roots of our problems: a brutal form of capitalism, big money's grip on our democracy, and climate catastrophe. She shows us how realizing their unity can be empowering, not overwhelming. They open historic opportunity. Addressing one crisis, we are working to solve all three. Through inspiring stories and startling facts, Frances helps us realize our own power to generate a new story as we tackle these root causes with exhilarating, courageous action—together.

    This event will be entirely virtual and hosted over Zoom. Frances Moore Lappé's presentation–5:00-5:45pm; Live Q&A with the Author–5:45-6:15; Concluding Remarks–6:15-6:30.

    Hosted by Sustainable Woodstock and Pentangle Arts, with support by Vermont Humanities.
    Contact: Visit https://francesmoorelappe.eventbrite.com to register.

Mon Apr 26 2021

  • Labor Management Series: Addressing and Preventing Sexual Harassment on Small Farms
    4:00pm - 5:30pm

    Cost: Free

    Join MOFGA and collaborating organizations for a free labor management series this spring designed to help you support a strong, safe, and equitable farming season with employees.

    All are Zoom based.

    Designed for farmers, this training will feature Sexual Assault Support Services of Midcoast Maine providing definitions, examples, and strategies for responding to as well as preventing sexual harassment in a variety of settings. They will discuss Maine and Federal laws, but cannot give legal advice. After the presentation, SASSMM will highlight farms who have current sexual harassment policies, and SASSMM staff will facilitate a question-and-answer session for farmers hoping to implement their own policies.

    Contact: To learn more about the MOFGA Labor Management Series and register visit https://78270.blackbaudhosting.com/78270/Labor-Management-Series?_ga=2.10052787.782232126.1617196229-1431575469.1608742878.

Tue Apr 27 2021

  • A Place at the Table Film Screening
    8:00am - 10:00pm

    Cost: Free and open to all. Donations are welcome and go to support our local arts community. Make donations at https://pentanglearts.org/get-involved/donations/

    Fifty million people in the U.S.—one in four children—don’t know where their next meal is coming from. Directors Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush examine the issue of hunger in America through the lens of three people struggling with food insecurity: Barbie, a single Philadelphia mother who grew up in poverty and is trying to provide a better life for her two kids; Rosie, a Colorado fifth-grader who often has to depend on friends and neighbors to feed her and has trouble concentrating in school; and Tremonica, a Mississippi second-grader whose asthma and health issues are exacerbated by the largely empty calories her hardworking mother can afford.

    This film will be accessible to watch for 72 hours, from April 27th to April 29th.

    Hosted by Sustainable Woodstock and Pentangle Arts. Made possible by our underwriters VERMONT COMMUNITY FOUNDATION and MASCOMA BANK and sponsors Ellaway Group, The Unicorn, and Mark Knott DDS.

    Contact: Visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-place-at-the-table-film-screening-tickets-130685984297 to register.

  • Bale Grazing: An Alternative Strategy for Overwintering Beef Cattle
    2:00pm - 3:00pm

    Participate in this webinar as USDA NRCS discuss bale grazing, how to properly implement this winter feed strategy even in states with mild/wet winters while minimizing surface pasture disturbance, maximizing hay nutrient distribution and targeting the buildup of low fertility soils.

    Contact: Visit http://conservationwebinars.net/webinars/bale-grazing-an-alternative-strategy-for-overwintering-beef-cattle?sr=wp~mkt-whenPub to learn more.

Wed Apr 28 2021

  • A Place at the Table Film Screening
    8:00am - 10:00pm

    Cost: Free and open to all. Donations are welcome and go to support our local arts community. Make donations at https://pentanglearts.org/get-involved/donations/

    Fifty million people in the U.S.—one in four children—don’t know where their next meal is coming from. Directors Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush examine the issue of hunger in America through the lens of three people struggling with food insecurity: Barbie, a single Philadelphia mother who grew up in poverty and is trying to provide a better life for her two kids; Rosie, a Colorado fifth-grader who often has to depend on friends and neighbors to feed her and has trouble concentrating in school; and Tremonica, a Mississippi second-grader whose asthma and health issues are exacerbated by the largely empty calories her hardworking mother can afford.

    This film will be accessible to watch for 72 hours, from April 27th to April 29th.

    Hosted by Sustainable Woodstock and Pentangle Arts. Made possible by our underwriters VERMONT COMMUNITY FOUNDATION and MASCOMA BANK and sponsors Ellaway Group, The Unicorn, and Mark Knott DDS.

    Contact: Visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-place-at-the-table-film-screening-tickets-130685984297 to register.

Thu Apr 29 2021

  • Climate Change & On-Farm Water Management
    12:00pm - 1:00pm

    Maine’s changing precipitation climate – Sean Birkel, PhD
    Sean Birkel is a Research Assistant Professor and the Maine State Climatologist based at the University of Maine Climate Change Institute. He uses climate modeling and data visualization to better understand climate variability and future impacts. Sean developed ClimateReanalyzer.org, and works with academic and government partners to provide climate information and weather data to Maine stakeholders, including farmers, to facilitate decision-making.
    A grower perspective on climate change & water management – Ben Waterman
    Ben Waterman operates Waterman Orchards, a u-pick and wholesale fruits operation in Northern Vermont with about 4 acres of blueberries, an acre of strawberries, a 4 acre apple orchard among other fruits enterprises. Most of the farm is on sandy, low water holding capacity soils, and smart water management including automated irrigation systems based on soil moisture monitoring have become key.
    Adapting to climate change: Irrigation benefits the Intervale Community Farm – Lynn G. Knight, MS
    Lynn Knight is an Agricultural Economist with NRCS East National Technology Support Center (ENTSC), and co-Director of the USDA Northeast Climate Hub. She is responsible for providing conservation economic technical assistance and training to 22 States, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands within the eastern region of the United States.
    Contact: Visit https://umaine.edu/climate-ag/webinars/ to learn more about the University of Maine’s Spring 2021 Climate & Ag Webinar Series

  • 2021 Winter Lunchtime Grazing Series
    12:00pm - 1:00pm
    Webinar

    2021 Winter Lunchtime Grazing Series – Pasture Soil Management (webinar)

    Management strategies that lead to vibrant pasture soil ecosystems. 2020 is finally behind us. Winter has set in. Excitement is building for the 2021 Grazing Season. Join us for six noontime learning sessions. These sessions are for beginner and advanced graziers. We will review six basic tenets of pasture management. There will also be opportunities to share your experiences and plans while we learn from each other. So, bring your lunch and join us for some comradery! No Cost to Attend, Attend One or All Sessions - Register online<https://gcc02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fcornell.zoom.us%2Fmeeting%2Fregister%2FtJUtfuysqj4oHtZeXZuv5l3ubGBQifexUsPI&data=04%7C01%7C%7C26f65cefa4224ce5e6ee08d8d826bdfc%7Ced5b36e701ee4ebc867ee03cfa0d4697%7C0%7C0%7C637497008197745447%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C1000&sdata=ez8lS5pshsByVroQYfZ8Y8iU%2BHsOnlRsVeyRGjHCxM4%3D&reserved=0>, email Rich Toebe at rrt43@cornell.edu<mailto:rrt43@cornell.edu> or call 607 538-1738. Each session will last 45 minutes to an hour. Handouts and worksheets that will help guide our conversations will be emailed ahead of each session. Each session starts with a short presentation and is followed by facilitated roundtable discussion. Sponsored by Cornell Cooperative Extension Delaware County and The Watershed Agricultural Council.

Fri Apr 30 2021

  • Webinar Listening Session: What’s Next for Small Meat Processors?
    12:00am - 12:00am
    Online

    Join a diverse panel of small meat producers, processors, and policy-makers for a continuing conversation about how to build capacity in the local supply chain.

    More details coming soon!
    Contact: To learn more frequent https://pasafarming.org/event/listening-session-whats-next-for-small-meat-processors/ to keep up to date with this event.

Thu May 06 2021

  • Holistic Management Series
    12:00am - 12:00am
    Stonewall Farm, New Hampshire

    Spring 2021
    Stonewall Farm will be offering 3 classes in the Holistic Management series. This series is intended for farmers, land owners, field professionals and educators wanting to become an Accredited Professional (AP) with the Savory Institute. Those seeking to become AP’s may need to complete other prerequisites before completing the required verbal exam. As an accredited HUB in the Savory Institute’s Global HUB Network, the content and instructions meets the rigorous standards set by the Savory Institute. Each class comes with the Savory ebooks that will be sent to participates prior to the class. Classes are non-refundable.
    Foundations of Holistic Management
    April 15th and 16th from 10am to 4pm
    Virtual $299

    * Introduction to holistic management
    * Introduction to ecosystem processes
    * Holistic Decision-making
    Holistic Planned Grazing
    May 6th and 7th from 10am to 4pm
    On-Site at Stonewall Farm $299

    * Introduction to land planning
    * Introduction to holistic planned grazing
    * Creating your grazing plan
    Holistic Financial Planning
    June 3rd and 4th from 10am to 4pm
    On-site at Stonewall Farm $299

    * Holistic financial planning
    * Building wealth
    * Creating your financial plan
    Contact: Visit https://stonewallfarm.org/learn/introduction-to-holistic-management/ to learn more.

Fri May 07 2021

  • Holistic Management Series
    12:00am - 12:00am
    Stonewall Farm, New Hampshire

    Spring 2021
    Stonewall Farm will be offering 3 classes in the Holistic Management series. This series is intended for farmers, land owners, field professionals and educators wanting to become an Accredited Professional (AP) with the Savory Institute. Those seeking to become AP’s may need to complete other prerequisites before completing the required verbal exam. As an accredited HUB in the Savory Institute’s Global HUB Network, the content and instructions meets the rigorous standards set by the Savory Institute. Each class comes with the Savory ebooks that will be sent to participates prior to the class. Classes are non-refundable.
    Foundations of Holistic Management
    April 15th and 16th from 10am to 4pm
    Virtual $299

    * Introduction to holistic management
    * Introduction to ecosystem processes
    * Holistic Decision-making
    Holistic Planned Grazing
    May 6th and 7th from 10am to 4pm
    On-Site at Stonewall Farm $299

    * Introduction to land planning
    * Introduction to holistic planned grazing
    * Creating your grazing plan
    Holistic Financial Planning
    June 3rd and 4th from 10am to 4pm
    On-site at Stonewall Farm $299

    * Holistic financial planning
    * Building wealth
    * Creating your financial plan
    Contact: Visit https://stonewallfarm.org/learn/introduction-to-holistic-management/ to learn more.

Tue May 11 2021

  • Regional Agritourism Strategies for Community Economic Development
    12:00pm - 1:00pm

    Cost: Free

    This gathering highlights how international regions as diverse as Canada, Saudi Arabia and Georgia are using agritourism as a way to build resilience by celebrating agricultural history, ecology, and heritage. We will hear how agritourism initiatives are key to sustaining rural economic development by allowing farmers to diversify their income, regenerate communities, and reimagine the future (and recovery) as travel trends shift during the evolving COVID-19 pandemic. Presenters will share best practices and lessons learned from developing and implementing regional strategies around agritourism. 9am Pacific daylight saving time; 12pm Eastern daylight saving time; 6pm Central European daylight saving time; 6pm South Africa time; 9:30pm Indian time

    Contact: Find a registration link at https://www.agritourismworkshop.com/gatherings.html. To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in any program, please contact Becky Bartlett at 802-257-7967 or Rebecca.Bartlett@uvm.edu so we may assist you. ​UVM Extension helps individuals and communities put research-based knowledge to work. Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, Acts of May 8 and June 30, 1914, in cooperation with the United States Department of Agriculture. University of Vermont Extension, Burlington, Vermont. University of Vermont Extension, and U.S. Department of Agriculture, cooperating, offer education and employment to everyone without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, and marital or familial status.

Wed May 26 2021

Thu Jun 03 2021

  • Holistic Management Series
    12:00am - 12:00am
    Virtual and Stonewall Farm, NH

    Spring 2021
    Stonewall Farm will be offering 3 classes in the Holistic Management series. This series is intended for farmers, land owners, field professionals and educators wanting to become an Accredited Professional (AP) with the Savory Institute. Those seeking to become AP’s may need to complete other prerequisites before completing the required verbal exam. As an accredited HUB in the Savory Institute’s Global HUB Network, the content and instructions meets the rigorous standards set by the Savory Institute. Each class comes with the Savory ebooks that will be sent to participates prior to the class. Classes are non-refundable.
    Foundations of Holistic Management
    April 15th and 16th from 10am to 4pm
    Virtual $299

    * Introduction to holistic management
    * Introduction to ecosystem processes
    * Holistic Decision-making
    Holistic Planned Grazing
    May 6th and 7th from 10am to 4pm
    On-Site at Stonewall Farm $299

    * Introduction to land planning
    * Introduction to holistic planned grazing
    * Creating your grazing plan
    Holistic Financial Planning
    June 3rd and 4th from 10am to 4pm
    On-site at Stonewall Farm $299

    * Holistic financial planning
    * Building wealth
    * Creating your financial plan
    Contact: Visit https://stonewallfarm.org/learn/introduction-to-holistic-management/ to learn more.