mixed herd of cows grazing green hill

Started in 1996, Vermont Pasture Network (VPN) has been a collaboration between the Pasture Program at the UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative (GLCI), the Vermont Grass Farmers' Association (VGFA), and UVM Extension.

 

VPN's goal is to work cooperatively with farmers, other state and regional organizations, and agency personnel to promote and enhance successful grass-based livestock production throughout Vermont.

Pasture Network Projects

cows on green pasture

The Vermont Pasture Network is administered by the Pasture Program at the UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture.  A largely grant-funded program, the Pasture Program works with other partners in the network to develop research projects, deliver outreach and education, and provide technical support for individual farmers.

Past Projects

Vermont Grazing & Livestock Conference

2019 Vermont Grazing & Livestock Conference

Each year, 350 farmers and agricultural resource providers from six Northeast states gather at this two-day winter conference devoted to profitability and sustainability for the region's livestock production.

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The event takes places at the family-friendly Lake Morey Resort in Fairlee, VT just off Interstate-91.

The event is one of Vermont's largest perennial gatherings of the people who raise animals on pasture, and the service providers that support them.  Day One features deep-dive sessions devoted to especially important topics (in recent years ranging from agroforestry and silvopasture to direct marketing, slaughter and butchery, and soil science).  Day Two is when keynote speakers present, and we offer a full complement of workshops to address the learning needs of both beginning and experienced farmers.  Naturally, we serve grass-based Vermont-grown dairy and meat throughout the event!

Our 2019 conference featured Charlotte Smith of 3CowMarketing.com on Friday and speakers David R. Montgomery and Anne Biklè.   See the 2019 full online schedule here to get a sense of the breadth and depth of what  a typical conference entails!

What have some of these attendees liked best about past conferences?

"The...workshop was very informative and (I) took a lot of information home with me. Met a lot of people and the networking was key!"

"This conference is committed to quality information about grass farming. I appreciate the focus and enthusiasm."

"Innovative ideas, spirit of presenters."

"Being with other farmers, hearing their experiences."

"The organizers have done a great job finding interesting speakers from across the country."

"Rather than another gathering of the usual suspects, I feel renewed hearing new speakers with new perspectives."

"Seemed like there was something for everyone at every session."

"Lunch was excellent and the ice cream was delicious."

Send us a note if you'd like more information about any aspect of the conference.  Or visit our online form to add yourself to the list receive information about the next conference.

Learning Resources

The Vermont Pasture Network YouTube Channel:

 

Key Elements of a Grazing Plan

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Fencing Resources

General fence supplies list:  

Contractors

  • Agri. Fencing, (802) 758-2513, Bridport, VT
  • All Around Fence Company,(207) 495-2300, Belgrade, ME
  • Bancroft Fencing,(207)743-8946, So. Paris, ME
  • Corner Rail Fence Co.,(802) 889-3736, Tunbridge, VT
  • Country Fencing,(802) 325-3196, Pawlet, VT
  • Doolan Fencing, (802) 436-3220, Hartland, VT
  • Eisner Fencing,(207) 632-3445  Waldoboro, ME 
  • Fence Line LLC, (603) 313-8903, Alstead, NH
  • Fischer Farm Fence,(802) 463-3018, Springfield, VT
  • Flack Family Farm,(802) 933-7752, Enosburg, VT
  • Gallup Brook Fencing,(802) 644-8080, Enosburg Falls, VT
  • Grandview Fence,(802)238-1854, Addison, VT
  • Hawk Creek Co., (802)425-7157, Ferrisburgh, VT
  • Keith Hobday  (802) 758-2513, Bridport, VT 
  • Homestead Fence Co., (802) 948-2244, Orwell, VT
  • Middlebury Fence Co., (866) 689-5041  New Haven, VT 
  • N. Bradford Enterprises, (207) 327-1398, Bradford, ME
  • Jim Neil, 603) 542-2912  Cornish, NH
  • Sheldon Fencing,(802) 265-8156, Fair Haven, VT
  • Straight Line Fencing Co., (802) 948-2775, Orwell, VT
  • Thunder Basin Fence, (802) 782-0933, Cambridge, VT
  • Wellscroft Fence Systems,(603) 827-3018, Harrisville, NH
  • Wells Farm Systems, (802) 372-5570,South Hero, VT

Please note that neither UVM Extension nor Vermont Pasture Network endorses one contractor over another, and that this list is for informational purposes only. For additional assistance, or to add yourself to this list, please contact Jennifer Colby at jcolby@uvm.edu.

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