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Permalink Rodale Institute Annual Field Day

July 20, 2018
Kutztown, Pennsylvania

Join Rodale Institute's researchers and staff to learn the latest results of research projects and visit nearly 20 demonstration stations on the 333-acre experimental farm. Participants will have the opportunity to interact one-on-one with Rodale Institute experts and learn about a wide variety of research and demonstration projects, all focused on organic agriculture. The event is self-paced. Preregistration is required.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Blooms and Bouquets: A Farmer and Farmer-Florist Workshop

July 23, 2018
Baltimore, Maryland

Blooms and Bouquets is a flower farming intensive hosted by Butterbee Farm; aspiring farmers, beginning and experienced farmers, and farmer-florists are welcome. At this full-day event, participants will soak up knowledge from ASCFG President Dave Dowling, florist and business owner Ellen Frost of Local Color Flowers, special guest farmer and designer Julio Freitas of The Flower Hat in Bozeman, Montana, and Butterbee farmer Laura Beth Resnick.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Kneading Conference

July 25-27, 2018
Clinton, Maine

Maine Grain Alliance presents its annual gathering of farmers, bakers, millers, researchers, oven builders and others to explore the ways and means of reestablishing regional grain economies. The event brings together the diverse stakeholders who collectively can rebuild lost infrastructure and create demand for local and regional grain systems.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Hops Part 3: Productive Varieties & Harvesting

July 26, 2018
Queenstown, Maryland

Future Harvest CASA presents this afternoon workshop, the third in its 2018 hops growing series. The workshop will cover local research trials on the best varieties for the Delmarva region, the ins and outs of harvesting bines, and opportunities to process or sell your hops through the Chesapeake Hop Exchange.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Seeds: Plant Breeding Fundamentals

August 2, 2018
Pocantico Hills, New York

Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture presents this one-day workshop as part of the Growing Farmers Initiative. Join Founder and Chairman of Johnny's Selected Seeds, Rob Johnston, as he teaches a course on advanced plant breeding alongside Stone Barns Farm Director Jack Algiere. Learn about breeding theories and methods for improving plant variety genetics, breeding design, techniques, and selection by exploring the crop trials at Stone Barns and utilizing its living laboratory to learn more about how to trial and breed crops for optimal market success.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Organic Pest Control Study: Colorado Potato Beetle

August 3, 2018
Burlington, Vermont

Join Scott Lewins and Victor Izzo of UVM Plant & Soil Science Department to tour Intervale Community Farm (ICF) and discuss their VT Agency of Ag. Specialty Crops Block Grant-funded project combing beneficial nematodes in the soil with Beauveria bassiana, a beneficial fungus, to manage Colorado Potato Beetle. Along with ICF, they are performing field trials that integrate these biological control agents in a two-pronged approach designed to give organic growers options for the long-term, sustainable management of CPB.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Organic Orcharding: Bud Grafting

August 4, 2018
Monroe, Maine

This MOFGA workshop will be taught by Seth Yentes at North Branch Farm. Seth grafts thousands of trees every year. All the major tree fruit species will be covered. MOFGA will supply the buds and the rootstock.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Pasture Management and Youngstock

August 6, 2018
Cornwall, Vermont

At this NOFA Vermont mid-day workshop, join farmer and veterinarian Brian Howlett, UVM Agronomist Heather Darby, and grazing consultant Sarah Flack on a tour of Brian's farm, Ottercrest Dairy, to take a look at his pasture systems and rotational grazing management. Brian will share strategies for parasite prevention in youngstock on pasture and his experience with milking one time a day.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink 4th Annual Farmer Olympics

August 8, 2018
Craftsbury, Vermont

NOFA Vermont presents this mid-season extravaganza competition. Individual farm teams will show off their finely-honed skills in events ranging from physical to cerebral to plain ridiculous. Unwind, celebrate the season, and kick back before that heavy fall workload begins.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Pasture Resiliency Field Day

August 9, 2018
West Glover, Vermont

Join NOFA Vermont at this interactive mid-day workshop, discussing current climate science, soil health, and simple changes you can make to your grazing system to increase pasture productivity and quality, including learning which grasses, legumes and other species can improve pasture quality and productivity. Grazing consultant Sarah Flack will lead a pasture walk and Mike Thresher, Nutritionist with Morrison's Feed, will offer practical perspective on how grazing management effects rations, protein, energy, and milk production.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Food Safety for Farms Open to Visitors

August 9, 2018
East Thetford, Vermont

This afternoon workshop is for farms open to visitors that sell or serve food and agricultural service providers who support them. Learn which regulations matter for farms of all types and sizes, and meet the experts you can call on when you have questions. This workshop is hosted by University of Vermont Extension, the Vermont Farm to Plate Network, and the Farm-Based Education Network in collaboration with NOFA-VT, the Vermont Agency of Ag, and the Vermont Farm Bureau. It includes a tour of Cedar Circle Farm's food-safety systems that will demonstrate best practices for produce and prepared foods in the farmstand, PYO fields, kitchen, and cafe.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink NOFA Summer Conference: Honoring Our Roots, Tending Our Future

August 10-12, 2018
Amherst, Massachusetts

This immersive annual gathering is an opportunity to come together as the regional organic community from the seven NOFA states. The conference is a three-day event packed with amazing education programming for adults and children. It will celebrate the wisdom of the rich indigenous agricultural past that has provided the basis of the organic movement and the ecologically based practices we have used to be successful. Keynote speakers are Rowen White and Eric Holt-Giménez.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Building Soil from the Ground Up

August 11, 2018
Hartland, Vermont

At this NOFA Vermont day-long workshop, join farmers Stephen Leslie and Kerry Gawalt on a tour of their farm. They'll talk about their soil-fertility-building practices and nutrient-management program. Educator and soil enthusiast Cat Buxton will talk about building soil through enhancing photosynthesis, capturing water, alternatives to tilling soil, and other systems for enabling the soil microbiome to flourish and vastly improve nutrient uptake in plants. Learn simple techniques for building up the soil carbon sponge in your lawn, vegetable and flower beds, and in the orchard. Presenters will discuss the basics of techniques like composting, compost teas, and extracts, incorporating cover crops and green manures, hugelkultur, mulching, and using plant guilds to support ecosystem services and bank nutrients.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Pasture Management

August 16, 2018
Pocantico Hills, New York

This full-day workshop at Stone Barns Center features author and grazing consultant Sarah Flack. The morning portion of this workshop will focus on creating a solid understanding of the basic principles of good grazing management systems. The afternoon will look at pasture from the livestock perspective, learning techniques to meet their nutritional needs, maximize pasture dry matter intake, provide low stress handling, provide the correct supplemental feeds and minerals, and when shade or shelter should be planned into grazing. This session will include indoor classroom time and outdoor time in the pastures.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Where Women Gather: A Celebration of Women in Agriculture Conference and Symposium

October 24-26, 2018
New Haven, Connecticut

Hidden Acres Farm is presenting this event with plenary and workshop sessions. Celebrate the historic roots and inspiring stories of women farmers today and in the future. The conference brings together women farmers to explore feminism, preserving indigenous food traditions, growing local women farmer networks, dismantling racism in the food system, and more.

In: Northeast SARE Region



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