Wed Jul 10 2019

  • Woodchip Barnyard/Pad Tour and Lessons Learned
    11:00am - 5:00pm
    Snug Valley Farm, East Hardwick, VT and Shire Beef, Vershire, VT

    COST: $10, both visits are free events for Vermont Grass Farmers Association members and sponsors

    Did your barnyard take a hit this spring? Looking for a cost-effective solution to keep your animals dry and cozy? Beef or Dairy cattle – woodchip heavy use areas might be a good fit for your farm. Join VGFA for a tour of two woodchip barnyards that were constructed in 2018. Hear lessons learned from each farmer after one season of use – what are they glad they did and what might they do differently. If you are considering a barnyard upgrade, don’t miss this event.
    Come to both or just meet us at one. Either way you are sure to learn a lot - there will be plenty of time for questions and conversation.
    11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. - Tour the Woodchip Barnyard at Snug Valley Farm. Ben Nottermann will share lessons he has learned during construction and the first year of use. Meet us at Snug Valley Farm, 824 Pumpkin Ln, East Hardwick, VT 05836
    3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Tour the Wood Chip Barnyard at Shire Beef, Niko Horster will share lessons he has learned during construction and the first year of use. Meet us at Shire Beef, 646 Reed Rd, Vershire, VT 05079

    CONTACT: Registration is appreciated, it will help us gauge the crowd size. For online registration please visit Eventbrite Tickets<https://www.eventbrite.com/e/woodchip-barnyardpad-tour-and-lessons-learned-tickets-64385206887?aff=efbeventtix&fbclid=IwAR3gcCjRE0imNwyOXTkGqHlwgCKiWoyr0C2syEk1mWqO3TsDCIcLrUEXs1k>. Email Meghan Sheradin, meghan@vtgrassfarmers.org<mailto:meghan@vtgrassfarmers.org> with questions.

Thu Jul 11 2019

  • Production and Land Reclamation (NY Event)
    12:30pm - 3:00pm
    Evermint Dairy, 372 County Route 20, Constable, NY

    COST: Free event

    Join UVM Extension Agronomist Heather Darby, Sarah Flack, Livestock Production Consultant, and host Lawrence Horst for a pasture walk and talk about grass-fed dairy production and strategies for land reclamation and improvement. The Horsts manage a grass-fed Holstein herd and focus on maximizing forage production and quality through both annual and perennial forages as well as reclaiming and improving pastures and hay meadows on their farm.

    CONTACT: Please register by emailing or calling Susan Brouilette, susan.brouilette@uvm.edu<mailto:susan.brouilette@uvm.edu> or 802-524-6501.
    Online registration is available at https://www.uvm.edu/extension/nwcrops/conferences-events-current-and-past
    To request a disability- related accommodation to participate in the program please contact Susan Brouilette, susan.brouilette@uvm.edu<mailto:susan.brouilette@uvm.edu> or 802-524-6501, so we may assist you.

Sat Jul 13 2019

  • VSGA Sheep and Goat Health Presentation
    10:00am - 12:00pm
    Red School House, Vermont Technical College, Randolph, VT

    COST: The cost for VSGA members is $10 and the cost for non-members is $20

    Vermont Sheep and Goat Association will host Dr. Alison Cornwall, Healthy Farms Vet, for a two hour talk on general health issues for sheep and goats.

    CONTACT: Please contact Dave Martin directly at settlementfarm@comcast.net if there are specific health issues you would like to learn about. To register please visit https://vtsheepandgoat.org/sheep-and-goat-health-workshop/

Mon Jul 15 2019

  • Meat Cutting: Butchering Basics (Multi-Day Event 7/15-7/19)
    9:00am - 4:00pm
    Mad River Food Hub, Waitsfield, VT

    COST: $1000 for all five 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. You may sign up for the entire week and receive the meat cutting certificate or you may sign up for selected days.


    CONTACT: Contact aginstitute@vtc.edu<mailto:aginstitute@vtc.edu> or visit https://www.vtc.edu/ag-course/meat-cutting-butchering-basics-july-2019 for more information.

Tue Jul 16 2019

  • High Fat Pastures: A Guide to Managing Forage to Make Butterfat (NY Event)
    9:30am - 2:30pm
    Martin Farm, 5115 Ray Crosby Rd, Dundee, NY 14837

    COST: FREE

    By using helpful observational tools such as leaf-count on grasses to determine plant maturity, as well as sward height, Dr. Brickner will discuss ways in which we can optimize our cows’ efficiency on pasture. Also, utilizing those same tools we can figure out the basic nutritional aspects of our pastures which lead to greater butterfat in the milk and body condition on our cows. There will also be a brief discussion on cow genetics and breeding for higher component production.


    CONTACT: Questions? Please call 315-988-4000. To register online please visit https://www.nofany.org/our-events/2019-on-farm-field-days.

Wed Jul 17 2019

  • Reducing Labor and Costs in Intensive Pasture Poultry Management
    1:00pm - 4:00pm
    Maple Wind Farm, 1148 E. Main St., Richmond VT

    COST: $10, Free for Vermont Grass Farmers Association members and sponsors
    Are you considering growing more birds? Join Bruce Hennessey at Maple Wind Farm’s poultry facility while he shares his experience raising laying hens, meat chickens and turkeys, from a backyard flock to scaling-up egg washing to processing thousands of birds in a state-inspected on-farm facility. He will focus on the ins and outs of managing costs and labor as you grow your flock. We will also be joined by a member of Rural Vermont’s staff to answer questions about on-farm poultry processing rules.
    CONTACT: Registration is appreciated, it will help us gauge the crowd size. For online registration please visit Eventbrite Tickets<https://vgfapoultryschool.eventbrite.com/>. Email Meghan Sheradin, meghan@vtgrassfarmers.org<mailto:meghan@vtgrassfarmers.org> for more information. To request a disability- related accommodation to participate in the program please contact Jenn Colby, Jennifer.Colby@uvm.edu<mailto:Jennifer.Colby@uvm.edu> or 802-535-7606, so we may assist you.

Thu Jul 18 2019

  • High Fat Pastures: A Guide to Managing Forage to Make Butterfat (NY Event)
    9:30am - 2:30pm
    Huftalen Farm, 2870 Hardscrabble Road, Erieville, NY

    COST: FREE

    By using helpful observational tools such as leaf-count on grasses to determine plant maturity, as well as sward height, Dr. Brickner will discuss ways in which we can optimize our cows’ efficiency on pasture. Also, utilizing those same tools we can figure out the basic nutritional aspects of our pastures which lead to greater butterfat in the milk and body condition on our cows. There will also be a brief discussion on cow genetics and breeding for higher component production.


    CONTACT: Questions? Please call 315-988-4000. To register online please visit https://www.nofany.org/our-events/2019-on-farm-field-days.

Fri Jul 19 2019

  • Swine Producers Field Day (NH Event)
    10:00am - 12:00pm
    Short Creek Farm, 18 Winding Hill Road, Northwood, NH

    COST: $10

    University of New Hampshire and visiting swine specialist, Dr. Elizabeth Hines, will discuss different housing options and management practices for smaller scale, pasture based swine producers. This will be an informal discussion outside, rain or shine.

    Pennsylvania State Extension Swine Specialist Dr. Elizabeth Hines is an animal physiology scientist with 10+ years of academic training and 6+ years of practical, hands-on experience in the swine industry, focused on commercial research. Her goal is to utilize her combined education and industry experience to contribute to improvement of the swine industry through education that brings research to real world livestock production.
    CONTACT: For questions, or if you require special accommodations, please contact elaina.enzien@unh.edu<mailto:elaina.enzien@unh.edu?subject=Swine%20Producers%20Field%20Day%20and%20Workshop> prior to the event start date.

Mon Jul 22 2019

  • Swine Nutrition and Systems Management
    2:00pm - 5:00pm
    Pigasus Meats, 20 E Shore Rd, South Hero, VT

    COST: $10, Free for Vermont Grass Farmers Assoc. Members and Sponsors
    Are you looking to refine your swine operation? Whether you have a few pigs, a barn full of sows, or pastures teeming with feeder hogs, optimum nutrition influences growth, development and reproduction. Vermont Grass Farmers Association and the UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture, will be hosting Pennsylvania State Extension Swine Specialist, Dr. Elizabeth Hines, at pasture-based farms for a farm tour, discussion and presentation on swine nutrition. Dr. Hines’ goal is to utilize her combined education and production-industry experience to contribute to improvement of the Northeast swine industry through education linking research to real world livestock management.
    CONTACT: To request a disability- related accommodation to participate in the program please contact Jenn Colby, Jennifer.Colby@uvm.edu<mailto:Jennifer.Colby@uvm.edu> or 802-535-7606. Visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/swine-nutrition-and-systems-management-workshop-south-hero-vt-tickets-65213509362 to register.

  • Food Safety in Stacked Enterprise Farming (NY Event)
    10:00am - 2:00pm
    Kingbird Farm, 9398 W Creek Rd, Berkshire, NY

    COST: $15 (NOFA-NY Members receive 10% discount)

    This field day will have several layers, just as Kingbird Farm does. Managing the many facets of a farm that produces vegetables, chickens and other livestock can create some challenges when it comes to Food Safety considerations, but it also provides huge opportunities in developing healthy, living, highly productive soils. We will hear how Karma and Michael plan for optimizing their farm's productive capacity while producing safe, nutrient dense foods.

    CONTACT: Questions? Please call 315-988-4000. To register online please visit https://www.nofany.org/our-events/2019-on-farm-field-days.

Tue Jul 23 2019

  • Why Farm Markets Need Great Merchandising and Marketing Matters (NH Event)
    10:00am - 3:00pm
    UNH Extension Coös County office, North Country Resource Center, 629A Main Street, Lancaster, NH

    COST: Free, registration is appreciated for the morning and required for the afternoon to schedule a 60-minute meeting with Nada.

    July is one of the busiest months of the growing season for harvesting, prepping for the market and selling agriculture products on or off farm. This two-part workshop will reflect upon what has been done so far, what’s working or not and what changes can still be implemented this season to increase sales. These workshop sessions will also provide a jump start for developing marketing plans during the slow months of the year. From 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. UNH Extension Food and Agriculture Field Specialist Nada Haddad of Rockingham County will discuss merchandising and marketing tips. From 12:30 p.m.- 3 p.m. Nada will be available to meet one-on-one with individual farmers who have questions pertaining to their marketing efforts. Come as you are from the field and take a break from the outdoors to talk marketing matters!

    CONTACT: To register, e-mail Nada Haddad at Nada.Haddad@UNH.edu<mailto:Nada.Haddad@UNH.edu> or call her at 603-679-5616.

  • Swine Nutrition and Systems Management
    10:00am - 1:00pm
    Hogwash Farm, 708 Goodrich Four Corners Rd, Norwich, VT

    COST: $10, Free to Vermont Grass Farmers Association Members and Sponsors
    Are you looking to refine your swine operation? Whether you have a few pigs, a barn full of sows, or pastures teeming with feeder hogs, optimum nutrition influences growth, development and reproduction. Vermont Grass Farmers Association and the UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture, will be hosting Pennsylvania State Extension Swine Specialist, Dr. Elizabeth Hines, at pasture-based farms for a farm tour, discussion and presentation on swine nutrition. Dr. Hines’ goal is to utilize her combined education and production-industry experience to contribute to improvement of the Northeast swine industry through education linking research to real world livestock management.
    CONTACT: To request a disability- related accommodation to participate in the program please contact Jenn Colby, Jennifer.Colby@uvm.edu<mailto:Jennifer.Colby@uvm.edu> or 802-535-7606. To register, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/swine-nutrition-and-systems-management-workshop-norwich-vt-tickets-65112540361

Thu Jul 25 2019

  • 2019 Annual Crops & Soils Field Day
    9:00am - 4:00pm
    Borderview Research Farm, 487 Line Road, Alburgh, VT 05440

    Go to UVM Extension NW Crops & Soils Program events page for details - https://www.uvm.edu/extension/nwcrops/conferences-events-current-and-past
    For questions and/or to register, call or email Susan Brouillette, 802-524-6501 or 800-639-2130 (toll free in Vt. only) ext. 432 or susan.brouillette@uvm.edu<mailto:susan.brouillette@uvm.edu>. To request a disability related accommodation to participate in this workshop, please contact Susan Brouillette three (3) weeks prior to the event (by 7/3/19) so we may assist you.

  • Pasturing Calves and Heifers (NH Event)
    10:30am - 2:00pm
    Haynes Dairy, 23 Tengren Avenue, Claremont, NH

    COST: Free event. Donations towards the lunch is appreciated.

    Pasturing calves and heifers on high forage, low grain diets while using low cost simple fencing. Dealing with the summer pasture slump, and facing the challenges of transitioning a farm to a young farmer owner. Baird is a Master with the Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship and the programs growth in the region will be introduced to participants. Organized through the UVM Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship (DGA) Program.

    CONTACT: To register or if you require a disability-related accommodation to participate in this event by contacting Mary Ellen Franklin, DGA Education Coordinator. Maryellen.franklin@uvm.edu<mailto:Maryellen.franklin@uvm.edu> or 802-254-2228.

Fri Jul 26 2019

Sat Jul 27 2019

  • Vital Signs: Knowing Soil from the Ground Up
    1:00pm - 5:00pm
    Wild Water Farm, 87 Joe Ranger Road, Quechee, VT

    COST: $50, $40 NOFA-VT Members

    How do we know if our management practices are working? Educator and soil enthusiast, Cat Buxton, will lead a hands-on soil health workshop at Wild Water Farm in Quechee. Beginning with a simple understanding of landscape function and the soil health principles to create conditions for building the soil carbon sponge in your lawn, vegetable and flower beds, and in the orchard. Employing the soil health principles can enhance photosynthesis and capture water, enabling the soil micro biome to flourish and vastly improve nutrient uptake in plants. We’ll review the basic practices like composting, compost teas and extracts, incorporating cover crops and green manures, hugelkultur, mulching, and using plant guilds to support ecosystem services. Explore a variety of visual soil assessment tools and evidence-based monitoring techniques to measure if our land management practice are improving ecosystem services.


    CONTACT: For more information visit https://nofavt.org/onfarmworkshops or contact Livy Bulger, livy@nofavt.org<mailto:livy@nofavt.org>.

Wed Jul 31 2019

  • What Does a Wool Rug Have To Do with Water Quality and Carbon Sequestration?
    5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Osprey Hill Farm, N. Middlesex, VT

    Cost: $10, free to Vermont Grass Farmers Association members and sponsors
    Do you raise sheep? Do you own wool products? Do you make things out of wool yarn or fleece? Are you interested in soil health or water quality? This workshop has it all!
    Join us at Kimberly Hagen’s farm to talk about how sheep can sequester carbon and improve soil health and water quality. Kimberly is a grazing expert with UVM Extension. She will walk us through her pastures and show examples of silvopasture, managing invasive species and maintaining water ways. She will also talk about her vast experience with the wool value chain. And of course, there will be plenty of talk about pasture-based sheep production.
    This workshop will be useful to people who raise sheep and sell wool products to the public or interested members of the public who want to learn about the links between grass-based wool production in New England and environmental stewardship!
    Registration is appreciated, it will help us gauge the crowd size. Please visit https://sheepwoolrug.eventbrite.com to register.
    To request a disability- related accommodation to participate in the program please contact Kimberly Hagen, Kimberly.Hagen@uvm.edu or 802-656-3834 by July 10, so we may assist you.

Tue Aug 06 2019

  • 5th Annual Farmer Olympics
    4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Intervale Community Farm, 282 Intervale Rd, Burlington, VT

    COST: Farmer participants: free; Spectators: $10 suggested donation for pizza

    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 just plain ridiculous. Unwind, celebrate the season, and kick back before that heavy fall workload begins. May the best farm win. Dinner from the NOFA-VT pizza oven will be provided for all hard working farmers.

    Or join us as a spectator and cheer on your local farmers!

    CONTACT: For online registration please visit https://nofavt.org/onfarmworkshops. Email Livy Bulger at livy@nofavt.org<mailto:livy@nofavt.org> with questions.

Wed Aug 07 2019

  • Raising Youngstock and Barn Design
    10:00am - 2:00pm
    Hill View Farm, 476 Pearl Rd, Danille, VT

    COST: $20 farmers, $30 others (includes lunch provided by the NOFA-VT pizza oven)

    Join Organic Valley veterinarian Dr. Guy Jodarski and farmers Henry & Allison Pearl to discuss their systems for raising youngstock. We will also spend time touring the new barn they built at Hill View Farm in 2015 to facilitate their groups of youngstock and dry cows and meet organic outdoor access requirements.


    CONTACT: For online registration please visit https://nofavt.org/onfarmworkshops. Email Livy Bulger at livy@nofavt.org<mailto:livy@nofavt.org> with questions.

  • On-Farm Processing Livestock
    5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Tessier's Farm, Skowhegan, ME

    COST: Free

    Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association Farm Training Project Workshop
    Come learn about Tessier’s Farm on-farm processing facility for poultry and rabbit, including how to prepare for an on-farm small animal slaughter. In addition, we will tour Tessier’s diverse array of farm products.

    CONTACT: For more information or directions to any of the workshops, call 568-4142, email education@mofga.org<mailto:education@mofga.org?subject=FTP%20info> or visit http://mofga.org/MOFGA-Events/on-farm-processing-livestock

Thu Aug 08 2019

  • Grass-Milk Production Systems
    10:00am - 2:00pm
    Donegan Family Dairy

    COST: $20 farmers, $30 others (includes lunch provided by the NOFA-VT pizza oven)

    Join Organic Valley veterinarian Dr. Guy Jodarski and farmers Joe & Emily Donegan to discuss grass-milk production. There will be a particular focus on grazing management, nutrition, animal housing, and labor efficiency.

    CONTACT: For online registration please visit https://nofavt.org/onfarmworkshops. Email Livy Bulger at livy@nofavt.org<mailto:livy@nofavt.org> with questions.

Fri Aug 09 2019

  • NOFA Summer Conference (MA Event) (Multi-Day Event 7/9-7/11)
    3:00pm - 7:30pm
    Hampshire College, Amhearst, MA

    COST: Variable


    Nutrition Matters | Soil Health Builds Human Health

    The 45th annual NOFA Summer Conference with keynote speaker Sandor Katz for a festive summer weekend August 9 -11, 2019 at Hampshire College in Amherst, MA. Always a family friendly event, you can bring the whole family to enjoy workshops for adults, kids and teens, over 60 vendors, live music, games and amazing food!

    CONTACT: For more information and registration at www.nofasummerconference.org<http://www.nofasummerconference.org>

Mon Aug 12 2019

  • Overcoming Dairy Production Challenges(NH Event)
    1:00pm - 3:00pm
    Brookfield Farm, 460 Old Drewsville Road, Walpole, NH

    COST: Free Event, but pre-registration is appreciated

    Join UVM Extension Agronomist Heather Darby and Sarah Flack, Livestock Production Consultant, for a pasture walk and talk addressing strategies for overcoming grass-fed dairy production challenges. Chris and Holly Gowdy have been managing a seasonal grass-fed dairy herd with the cows calving in late summer. This allows them to focus on producing high quality first cut hay and align pasture productivity and herd demand.

    CONTACT: Please register by emailing or calling Susan Brouillette, susan.brouillette@uvm.edu<mailto:susan.brouillette@uvm.edu> or 802-524-6501. For online registration visit https://www.uvm.edu/extension/nwcrops/conferences-events-current-and-past
    To request a disability related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Susan Brouillette at (802) 524-6501 or 1-800-639-2130 3 weeks prior to the event so we may assist you.

Wed Aug 14 2019

  • Silvopasture & Agroforestry 101 (CT Event)
    9:30am - 4:00pm
    Hidden Blossom Farm, Union, CT

    COST: $25

    The latest Soil Health workshop at Hidden Blossom Farm in Union, CT as part of Connecticut Resource Conservation and Development Area’s Healthy Soils Initiative. In collaboration with partners, this workshop will focus on the basics of silvopasture and agroforestry. The day will include guest speakers, demonstrations, and field walks in rugged terrain.
    CONTACT: For more information, please contact Amanda at ajohnson@ctrcd.org or call 860.345.3977 x100. To register online please visit, https://ctrcd.org/silvopasture-agroforestry-workshop/