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.

Thu Jun 04 2020

  • Adapting Your Pick Your Own Operation Webinar
    5:00pm - 6:30pm
    https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJApdOirpjkuE9Yi_rEIgmvpJ8YrWVbfNQ8Y

    Cost: Free

    Join NOFA-VT and your fellow VT Pick Your Own growers to learn more about adapting your Pick Your Own operation during the pandemic. Hear from VT growers including Eugenie Doyle of Last Resort Farm, and bring your questions to discuss and share. Vern Grubinger, crop specialist from UVM Extension, and Kristina Sweet and Abbey Willard from the VT Agency of Agriculture will be available to provide information and answer questions.

    Contact: See more information at https://nofavt.org/events/pick-your-own-webinar, register at https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJApdOirpjkuE9Yi_rEIgmvpJ8YrWVbfNQ8Y. Contact Megan at megan@nofavt.org<mailto:megan@nofavt.org> with any questions.

  • Slow Living Summit
    1:00pm - 4:00pm
    (virtual)

    Cost: $25


    Live keynotes by Bill McKibben, Frances Moore Lappé, Tom Newmark and Sandra Steingraber, plus interactive panels, a farm tour and a happy hour.

    Topics include Social Justice & Climate Change, Regenerative Farming, Cooperative Ownership, Farm & Food Policy, and The Changing Landscape for Farm & Food Entrepreneurs During & After the Pandemic.

    Contact: See schedule at https://www.slowlivingsummit.org/2020-summit-schedule/ and register at https://www.slowlivingsummit.org/register/

Fri Jun 05 2020

  • Slow Living Summit
    1:00pm - 4:00pm
    (virtual)

    Cost: $25


    Live keynotes by Bill McKibben, Frances Moore Lappé, Tom Newmark and Sandra Steingraber, plus interactive panels, a farm tour and a happy hour.

    Topics include Social Justice & Climate Change, Regenerative Farming, Cooperative Ownership, Farm & Food Policy, and The Changing Landscape for Farm & Food Entrepreneurs During & After the Pandemic.

    Contact: See schedule at https://www.slowlivingsummit.org/2020-summit-schedule/ and register at https://www.slowlivingsummit.org/register/

Mon Jun 08 2020

  • Slow Living Summit
    1:00pm - 4:00pm
    (virtual)

    Cost: $25


    Live keynotes by Bill McKibben, Frances Moore Lappé, Tom Newmark and Sandra Steingraber, plus interactive panels, a farm tour and a happy hour.

    Topics include Social Justice & Climate Change, Regenerative Farming, Cooperative Ownership, Farm & Food Policy, and The Changing Landscape for Farm & Food Entrepreneurs During & After the Pandemic.

    Contact: See schedule at https://www.slowlivingsummit.org/2020-summit-schedule/ and register at https://www.slowlivingsummit.org/register/

Tue Jun 09 2020

  • Slow Living Summit
    1:00pm - 4:00pm
    (virtual)

    Cost: $25


    Live keynotes by Bill McKibben, Frances Moore Lappé, Tom Newmark and Sandra Steingraber, plus interactive panels, a farm tour and a happy hour.

    Topics include Social Justice & Climate Change, Regenerative Farming, Cooperative Ownership, Farm & Food Policy, and The Changing Landscape for Farm & Food Entrepreneurs During & After the Pandemic.

    Contact: See schedule at https://www.slowlivingsummit.org/2020-summit-schedule/ and register at https://www.slowlivingsummit.org/register/

Wed Jun 10 2020

  • Pastured Pork Fundamentals
    7:00pm - 8:00pm
    Online

    COST: This webinar is being offered free of charge through support from a USDA Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Grant.

    Pasture Song Farm<https://www.pasturesongfarm.com/> is located on 90 acres of the Lundale Farm Preserve in Chester County. Farmers Jeremy Dunphy and Clara Osborne manage the operation, including the breeding, raising, and marketing of over 150 pigs each year.

    Pasture Song moves their pigs regularly through annual and perennial pastures in rotation with field crops, including corn and small grains, which are harvested and ground on their farm for feed. The finished pork products are sold through farmers markets, CSA meat shares, and various wholesale accounts. During this webinar, you’ll learn about the pitfalls and rewards of raising pigs on pasture in rotation with other crops, including strategies for fencing, shelter, pasture management, making feed and bedding, and crop rotation.

    CONTACT: To learn more and register visit https://pasafarming.org/event/pastured-pork-fundamentals-rescheduled/.

  • Slow Living Summit
    1:00pm - 4:00pm
    (virtual)

    Cost: $25


    Live keynotes by Bill McKibben, Frances Moore Lappé, Tom Newmark and Sandra Steingraber, plus interactive panels, a farm tour and a happy hour.

    Topics include Social Justice & Climate Change, Regenerative Farming, Cooperative Ownership, Farm & Food Policy, and The Changing Landscape for Farm & Food Entrepreneurs During & After the Pandemic.

    Contact: See schedule at https://www.slowlivingsummit.org/2020-summit-schedule/ and register at https://www.slowlivingsummit.org/register/

Thu Jun 11 2020

  • Slow Living Summit
    1:00pm - 4:00pm
    (virtual)

    Cost: $25


    Live keynotes by Bill McKibben, Frances Moore Lappé, Tom Newmark and Sandra Steingraber, plus interactive panels, a farm tour and a happy hour.

    Topics include Social Justice & Climate Change, Regenerative Farming, Cooperative Ownership, Farm & Food Policy, and The Changing Landscape for Farm & Food Entrepreneurs During & After the Pandemic.

    Contact: See schedule at https://www.slowlivingsummit.org/2020-summit-schedule/ and register at https://www.slowlivingsummit.org/register/

Fri Jun 12 2020

  • Slow Living Summit
    1:00pm - 4:00pm
    (virtual)

    Cost: $25


    Live keynotes by Bill McKibben, Frances Moore Lappé, Tom Newmark and Sandra Steingraber, plus interactive panels, a farm tour and a happy hour.

    Topics include Social Justice & Climate Change, Regenerative Farming, Cooperative Ownership, Farm & Food Policy, and The Changing Landscape for Farm & Food Entrepreneurs During & After the Pandemic.

    Contact: See schedule at https://www.slowlivingsummit.org/2020-summit-schedule/ and register at https://www.slowlivingsummit.org/register/

Tue Jun 16 2020

Wed Jun 17 2020

  • From Tails to Snouts, the Ins and Outs of Raising Pigs: Getting Started
    6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Webinar

    Are you thinking about raising pigs for yourself or your family? Do you already have pigs, but want to brush up on some of the basics? Join University of New Hampshire for this three part series on the ins and outs of what it takes to raise pigs successfully in New Hampshire. From regulations and housing to health and nutrition, they’ll start with the basics and end with more in-depth topics you can apply to your herd immediately. Each session will cover something different, so be sure to sign on for all three!
    Getting Started

    * Site Selection, Housing and Fencing; Nick Rowley, UNH Cooperative Extension
    * Animal Welfare, Handling and Processing Considerations; Elaina Enzien, UNH Cooperative Extension
    * Insider Tips from NH Pork Producers
    CONTACT: To learn more about all three events visit https://extension.unh.edu/events/tails-snouts-ins-and-outs-raising-pigs. For special accommodations or questions, contact elaina.enzien@unh.edu<mailto:elaina.enzien@unh.edu> or nicholas.rowley@unh.edu<mailto:nicholas.rowley@unh.edu>.

Thu Jun 18 2020

  • Pasture Management and Silvopasture at Square Roots Farm
    5:30pm - 7:30pm
    Online

    COST: NOFA Members: $12/ Non-members: $15 (Scholarships Available)

    Join NOFA/Mass and Michael Gallagher of Square Roots Farm to explore his intensively managed livestock systems. By rotating dense herds through temporary paddocks within a pasture, livestock will eat a variety of forage, are more robust, and can sequester considerable amounts of carbon in the soil.
    Square Roots Farm comprises about 185 acres of hilly fields and forest in Lanesborough, Massachusetts. They raise 1000 laying hens, 4000 meat birds, 30 cattle , 12-24 pigs, turkeys and a diversity of vegetables for their CSA customers and market.
    Michael will answer questions about his farm and we will:

    * Learn about the fencing and shelters they use to keep their flocks and herds moving over the landscape
    * Learn about grazing density and practices that provide superior nourishment for their animals while building nutrient rich and microbially diverse soil.
    * Hear Connor Stedman explain the principles and practices of further developing pastures into silvopasture systems through functional tree planting here in New England.
    * Use Square Roots Farm to provide context in a discussion about specific practices and tree species that can add additional value to a diversified grazing system.

    CONTACT: Learn more about this event at https://www.nofamass.org/events/pasture-management-and-silvopasture-square-roots-farm.

  • Biosecurity for Pastured Pork Farms
    12:30pm - 1:30pm
    Online

    COST: Free
    Establishing biosecurity protocols on your farm helps keep animals healthy by preventing the spread of disease-causing pathogens—even in the muddiest of pastures!
    During this webinar, learn how to create a customized and effective biosecurity system on your pastured pork farm. Start by defining a key concept of biosecurity: creating lines of separation. Lines of separation, or commonly referred to as the “clean/dirty line,” are the most effective way to manage pathogen transfer onto your farm and to your animals. Examples will be shared of how to examine your farm for the best locations to establish lines of separation to prevent and minimize contamination.
    CONTACT: To learn more and register visit https://pasafarming.org/event/biosecurity-for-pastured-pork-farms/.

  • From Tails to Snouts, the Ins and Outs of Raising Pigs: Raising Backyard and Pastured Pigs
    6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Webinar

    Are you thinking about raising pigs for yourself or your family? Do you already have pigs, but want to brush up on some of the basics? Join University of New Hampshire for this three part series on the ins and outs of what it takes to raise pigs successfully in New Hampshire. From regulations and housing to health and nutrition, they’ll start with the basics and end with more in-depth topics you can apply to your herd immediately. Each session will cover something different, so be sure to sign on for all three!
    Raising Backyard and Pastured Pigs

    * University of Maine Cooperative Extension Assistant Extension Professor and Livestock Specialist, Colt Knight dives deeper into breeds, breeding, nutrition and health.
    CONTACT: To learn more about all three events visit https://extension.unh.edu/events/tails-snouts-ins-and-outs-raising-pigs. For special accommodations or questions, contact elaina.enzien@unh.edu<mailto:elaina.enzien@unh.edu> or nicholas.rowley@unh.edu<mailto:nicholas.rowley@unh.edu>.

Fri Jun 19 2020

  • Litter Nutrients and Management in Poultry Systems
    2:30pm - 3:30pm
    Virtual

    As poultry genetics, management practices and industries evolve, so do manure and litter characteristics. Litter-based poultry systems have an added layer of complexity with the amount and characteristics dependent on both excreta and the amount of bedding material. This webinar dives into changes in broiler litter characteristics based on changes in production practices and litter management. The webinar will also share ongoing work to predict nutrient availability for poultry...

    CONTACT: For details, click here: https://connect.extension.org/event/litter-nutrients-and-management-in-poultry-systems

Sat Jun 20 2020

  • Having A Family Cow
    12:30pm - 5:00pm
    Earthwise Farm, Randolph, Vermont

    COST: $60 or 2 for $110

    With Covid-19, Earthwise Farm will offer this class outside and will adhere to the latest Vermont State Social Distancing guidelines. Having A Family Cow is designed to help you navigate the new and exciting world of owning and caring for a family cow & calf. Topics to discuss will include: * Animal Health * Grazing Management * Calf Care * Animal Nutrition * Breeds and Breeding * Housing and Husbandry * Marketing your milk: raw milk regulations in VT Class will include some hands-on learning and will provide you with a list of useful books and resource links, livestock product catalogs, and product samples to get you on your way.

    CONTACT: To learn more and register visit https://www.earthwisefarmandforest.com/book-online/having-a-family-cow-1.

Thu Jun 25 2020

  • Rotational Grazing at Sky View Farm: Meat CSA and Small-Scale Dairy
    5:30pm - 7:00pm
    Online

    COST: NOFA Members: $12/ Non-members: $15 (Scholarship Available)

    Are you looking to improve your pasture management and learn more about rotational grazing? Join NOFA/Mass and Sky View Farm for this online event and discussion of how rotational grazing provides their livestock with healthy forage while minimizing inputs and improving soil health. Rotational grazing is a system that mimics the ecology of natural grasslands. By rotating densely stocked herds through fenced-off portions of your pastures, your cattle will eat a variety of forage, gain more weight faster, and sequester considerable amounts of carbon in the soil. During this event attendees learn about:

    * Pasture reclamation
    * Fencing systems
    * Stocking density and grazing plans
    * Creating a small-scale dairy in the basement of their house
    Sky View Farm comprises 50 acres of hilly fields and forest in the town of Sheffield, Massachusetts. The land has been in the Conklin family for more than 100 years. Owners Will and Amelia Conklin have been working since 2012 to reclaim pastures that were part of the Conklin family dairy farm that closed in 1986. They raise poultry, cows, and pigs year-round in order to provide meat for their CSA program and local restaurants. Milking 1-3 cows, they opened a small dairy in the spring of 2019, bottling raw milk for direct sale to customers. Sky View Farm is also home to a small-scale sawmill operation that provides local building materials for carpentry projects, garden beds, fencing, and furniture.
    CONTACT: Visit https://www.nofamass.org/events/rotational-grazing-sky-view-farm-meat-csa-and-small-scale-dairy to register.

Fri Jun 26 2020

  • Grazing & Forage Season Extension Webinar Series: Improving Pastures with No-Till Methods
    12:15pm - 1:15pm
    Online

    This webinar will discuss no-till methods to manage pastures. This includes over-seeding with annuals and strategies to improve or renovate existing pastures. Our speaker is Richard Kersbergen, animal and forage scientist with UMaine Extension.

    This is the second webinar in a six-part webinar series that will cover several strategies for grazing season extension and alternative forage production. The series is a collaboration among UMass Extension, UVM Extension, & UMaine Extension, and is supported in part by a Northeast SARE Research and Education Grant with organization and administration supported by the Livestock Institute of Southern New England with the support of the Cedar Tree Foundation.

    CONTACT: For any questions about the series, please contact Sam Corcoran at sglazecorcor@umass.edu<mailto:sglazecorcor@umass.edu>. Visit https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/8516802082452911376 to register for the series.

Sat Jun 27 2020

  • Grazing Class - Management Intensive Grazing
    10:00am - 4:00pm
    Earthwise Farm, Randolph, Vermont

    COST: $70 each or $130 for two people

    With Covid-19, we will offer this class outside and will adhere to the latest Vermont State Social Distancing guidelines. We are excited to be able to offer this class on our farm once again! Class is limited to 9 participants, though we will open it to more, if allowed, by the class date. Interested in improving your grazing skills or new to Management Intensive Grazing? This class will employ the teachings of Holistic Management along with the techniques of Management Intensive Grazing (MIG) to assist you in improving pasture productivity and raising healthy livestock. Class content will include: • Tour of Pastured Livestock Systems at Earthwise Farm & Forest • The How & Why of Management Intensive Grazing • Pasture system design for you and your livestock • Calculating livestock feed needs • Planning for the whole growing season • Multi Species Grazing • Plant identification • Electric fencing (temporary and permanent) for your various livestock groups Participants will come away with the information needed to build a grazing plan for their farm, along with handouts and resources to continue on their journey with confidence.

    CONTACT: To learn more and register visit https://www.earthwisefarmandforest.com/book-online/grazing-class-mgmt-intensive-grazing-1.

Thu Jul 02 2020

  • Management Intensive Grazing at Cricket Creek Dairy
    5:30pm - 7:00pm
    Online

    COST: NOFA Members: $12/ Non-members: $15 (Scholarship Available)
    Cricket Creek Farm is a small grass-based cow dairy producing a variety of products including raw-milk, grass-fed meat and seven varieties of artisanal farmstead cheeses. They use high density groups of cows rotated through temporary paddocks within their pastures, allowing for the most efficient use of available forage and maximizing the benefit to livestock and soil.

    Topher Sabot, Owner and Manager, will discuss and answer questions about:

    * How they use a combination of high-tech and low-tech fencing to to manage the cows, looking to maximize efficiency
    * Grazing density and practices that provide superior nourishment for the animals while building nutrient rich and microbially diverse soil.
    * Their dairy facilities and barns
    * The fine points of producing dairy on a primarily grass-fed system.

    Located in the beautiful Berkshire foothills of Western Massachusetts, Cricket Creek Farm milks between 30-40 grass-fed cows throughout the year. Their mixed herd (primarily Jersey and Brown Swiss) is rotationally grazed on 200 acres of pasture during the summer, and fed primarily farm produced hay and baleage in the winter. They also raise a few grass-fed beef cattle and whey-fed pigs. Their mission is to produce nourishing food that honors the animals, respects the land, feeds the community, and exemplifies a sustainable model for small-farm viability.

    CONTACT: To learn more and register please visit https://www.nofamass.org/events/management-intensive-grazing-cricket-creek-dairy.

Fri Jul 31 2020

  • Grazing & Forage Season Extension Webinar Series: Brassicas & Other Cool Season Annuals
    12:15pm - 1:15pm
    Online

    This webinar will discuss brassicas and other cool-season annuals for grazing or stored feed. This includes species-specific information, planting and management, and feeding considerations. Our speaker is Heather Darby, agronomy specialist, of UVM Extension.

    This is the third webinar in a six-part webinar series that will cover several strategies for grazing season extension and alternative forage production. The series is a collaboration among UMass Extension, UVM Extension, & UMaine Extension, and is supported in part by a Northeast SARE Research and Education Grant with organization and administration supported by the Livestock Institute of Southern New England with the support of the Cedar Tree Foundation.

    CONTACT: For any questions about the series, please contact Sam Corcoran at sglazecorcor@umass.edu<mailto:sglazecorcor@umass.edu>. https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/1146633804470769936

Fri Aug 28 2020

  • Grazing & Forage Season Extension Webinar Series: Harvesting Winter Cover Crops
    12:15pm - 1:15pm
    Online

    This webinar will discuss how you can harvest your overwintering cover crops as forage by grazing in the fall and grazing or harvesting in the spring. This includes fall planting dates, species-specific information, and other management considerations. Our speaker is Sam Corcoran, agronomy researcher, of UMass Extension.

    This is the fifth webinar in a six-part webinar series that will cover several strategies for grazing season extension and alternative forage production. If you are following along, you will notice that it looks like we have skipped the fourth webinar! If you are receiving this message, it just means you have registered for the fifth webinar before the fourth webinar was scheduled. The fourth webinar focuses on stockpiling and will be offered in early to mid-August (date TBD). Stay tuned! The series is a collaboration among UMass Extension, UVM Extension, & UMaine Extension, and is supported in part by a Northeast SARE Research and Education Grant with organization and administration supported by the Livestock Institute of Southern New England with the support of the Cedar Tree Foundation.

    CONTACT: For any questions about the series, please contact Sam Corcoran at sglazecorcor@umass.edu<mailto:sglazecorcor@umass.edu>. https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/5751966844713341200