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Permalink Grass-fed Beef Intensive: Optimizing Productivity & Profitability with Jim Gerrish

August 17, 2017
East Hardwick, Vermont

At this NOFA Vermont day-long workshop, focus on the basics of grass-fed beef production, from pasture management to marketing your product. Tour the pastures at Snug Valley Farm (they raise grass-finished Holstein steers) with Jim discussing management intensive grazing from stocking rate to rest periods. Then, move to Shat Acres Farm in Greensboro (they raise grass-finished Highland Cattle) and take a look with Jim at how they manage their pastures.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Soil Health and Biodiversity & Biodynamics

August 19, 2017
Hector, New York

This orchard class from Know Your Roots will be held at Apostrophe Orchard. This workshop will discuss the basics of your soil so you can better understand what's going on right under your feet, the mineral connection, and what you can do to improve the soil's health and overall vitality to grow better fruit. In part two, discuss practical aspects of how you can build a stronger, more resilient farm and orchard with biodynamics.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Pollinator Conservation Short Course

August 23, 2017
Big Flats, New York

This full-day workshop from The Xerces Society focuses on concepts around protecting and enhancing populations of pollinators, especially bees, in agricultural landscapes. The course will provide an overview of bee natural history and farm practices that support pollinators, such as protecting and creating habitat, modified horticultural practices, and advice on how to manage pests while protecting pollinators. In addition to receiving the latest cutting edge scientific findings, course participants will conduct a field tour to practice identifying bees and their habitat.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Produce Safety: Best Practices from Field to Consumer

August 23, 2017
Fairlee, Vermont

This NOFA Vermont afternoon workshop is focused towards small to medium size growers and will demystify FSMA, focusing on produce safety planning. Topics covered will include recording compost and soil amendments, employee training, selecting harvest containers, cleaning the containers, pack shed design, produce-washing set ups, wash water testing and changing protocols, labeling of produce containers to customers, cold storage cleaning, and recordkeeping and traceability.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Baskets or Pallets: Vegetable Grading and Packaging

August 24, 2017
Deposit, New York

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Broome County is offering a hands-on, on-farm experience to aide in understanding how to determine quality and grade of agricultural products. The field day is open to 25 participants; preference given to active or retired NYS Military Veterans on a first-come, first-served basis. There will be hands-on training with peppers, tomatoes, and cucumbers.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Soil Health for Profitability & Resilience

August 25, 2017
Craftsbury, Vermont

This NOFA-Vermont mid-day field day takes place at Fairmount Dairy Farm. Richard Hall, owner of Fairmont Dairy, will share his experiences with soil organic matter increase and the effects on his production and management. Charlotte Rosendahl, Agronomist & Director of Sterling Colleges Center for Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems, will discuss the science of soil organic matter. Josh Faulkner, UVM Farming & Climate Change Coordinator, will address the impacts of climate change on Vermont agriculture and how increased soil organic matter can be a strategy for resilience, profitability and will demonstrate this using the rain fall simulator.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Rotational Grazing Clinic

August 25-26, 2017
Kingston, New York

This two-day hands-on clinic from Cornell Cooperative Extension will provide you with the practical skills to implement a rotational grazing system on your property. The event includes a classroom session and a farm visit. Join livestock educator Jason Detzel, in cooperation with guest speakers, to explore the topic of rotational grazing and how you can utilize this tool to improve the efficiency of your operation and the overall health of your animals.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Soil Health Field Day

August 25, 2017
Berwick, Pennsylvania

Columbia County Conservation District and NRCS offer an afternoon soil health field day at Artman Farms. Come out and hear from fellow farmers about their management and how they have tackled No-Till and Cover crop systems.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Finding Your Tribe: Growing Your Food, Your Seeds & Your Team

August 26, 2017
Naples, New York

This NOFA-NY field day visits Fruition Seeds. Learn the basics of integrating seed on your market farm, find out how Fruition builds its team, and enjoy tasting new watermelon varieties

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Permaculture Design for Your Yard, Homestead & Farm

August 26, 2017
Jeffersonville, Vermont

This day-long NOFA-Vermont workshop offers the opportunity to join Keith Morris of Prospect Rock Permaculture for a hands-on exploration of whole-system ecological design. Explore a variety of "new," experimental, and lost, traditional plants; DIY and low-cost infrastructure improvements, and potential "micro-enterprises" for the garden or homestead.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Rotational Dairy Grazing

August 29, 2017
Canajoharie, New York

At this free afternoon field day, Organic Valley and NOFA-NY invite you to learn about a multispecies rotational grazing system. Hear from Aaron Fisher as he shares his knowledge on balancing forages for both his milk cow herd and his sheep. He will share his experiences in intensive grazing on his 30-cow dairy. Mark Kopecky, Organic Valley Agronomist, will speak on balancing soils in a grazing rotation. Learn about soil health as it pertains to both field-crop production and pasture management.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Pasture Management: Recovery After a Drought

August 30, 2017
Randolph Center, Vermont

At this NOFA Vermont Organic Dairy Series event, join Brent Beidler, grazing consultant Sarah Flack, and UVM Agronomist Dr. Heather Darby at Beidler Family Farm to tour their fields and take a look at the Beidlers' irrigation system and their seed trials of corn, spelt, and summer annuals and discuss general grass-fed pasture management and the adaptations they've had to make with drought.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Building an Organic Dairy from the Soil Up

August 31, 2017
Marathon, New York

This free afternoon workshop from NOFA-NY focuses on assessing soil health, developing a farm design, and building your dairy. Jim and Anne Phillips of Triple 3 Livestock will share their farm story and provide a tour of their new facilities. Mark Kopecky, Organic Valley Agronomist, will discuss soil health as it pertains to crop production and pasture management. Fay Benson, Cornell University SCNY Regional Team, will bring the Soil Health Trailer to demonstrate variations in soil types and management systems. Fay will also share his knowledge of crop insurance options available in NY State.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Diverse Dairy

September 6, 2017
Monroe, Maine

This MOFGA Farm Training Project (FTP) evening workshop is free and open to the public. Toddy Pond Farm is a small, diversified, family-run dairy operation of grass-fed Jersey and Guernsey cows. See how farmers Greg and Heidi Purinton-Brown have designed the business model of the farm to ensure long-term economic sustainability. They produce yogurt, kefir, cheese, and ice cream, along with honey, sheep, guinea hogs, meat chickens, and eggs. Learn about their marketing strategies for this diversified operation and how the different aspects of the farm complement each other.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Crop Production: Balancing the Field & Tunnels on an Established Organic Vegetable Operation

September 6, 2017
Norwich, New York

NOFA New York invites you to join Zaid Kurdieh at Norwich Meadows Farm for an afternoon tour of this 100-acre certified organic vegetable operation. Zaid will be discussing how they efficiently manage crops in the field and their 95 high tunnels, from crop rotations, disease, and cover cropping to mitigating risk. The Risk Management Agency will provide a brief overview on how to manage risk and how crop insurance can help protect your farm.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink The Integrated Farm

September 10, 2017
Barre, Massachusetts

NOFA Massachusetts presents this full-day event at Many Hands Organic Farm. Jack Kittredge, Julie Rawson, and their colleagues have been working for several decades to create and fine-tune an ecologically complex system. During this workshop, Jack and Julie will explain and show the systems and interconnections among their various farm enterprises, which include vegetables, tree and berry fruits, pigs, beef cattle, pastured chickens and turkeys, bees, and mushrooms. They will detail their latest innovations in their no-till system, including use of cocktail cover crops and wood chips. Failures and successes will be discussed.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Organic Dairy Forage Management--Corn Silage & Weed Control

September 12, 2017
Vernon, Vermont

The Miller Farm is a 5th generation family farm that converted to organic in 2009 and is milking 170 cows. They grow a variety of crops for forage from corn to alfalfa. This NOFA Vermont mid-day workshop will focus on organic forage production. Join farmer Peter Miller, grazing consultant Sarah Flack, and UVM Agronomist Dr. Heather Darby to discuss the installation of Miller Farm's irrigation system, their organic corn silage production, as well as other forages they grow, and how the Millers are using flame weeding tools for weed control.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Best Management Practices for High Tunnel Nutrition and Soil Health

September 13, 2017
Poughkeepsie, New York

The Cornell Vegetable Program is partnering with NOFA-NY in a New York Farm Viability Institute-funded project and will offer an evening field day. They have been working to identify long-term soil health and fertility best management practices. They will share what has been learned at the Poughkeepsie Farm Project and at other farms across the state in a conversation focused on development of best management practices.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Mother Earth News Fair

September 15-17, 2017
Seven Springs, Pennsylvania

This event features more than 150 workshops from the leading authorities on organic gardening, food preservation, homesteading and livestock, green building, and natural health. Keynote speakers include Joel Salatin, Dan Chiras, and Howard Garrett. In addition, more than 200 regional and national exhibitors will feature sustainable products and services.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Are You Crazy? Retail Farm Market Bus Tour

September 15, 2017
Allentown, Pennsylvania

This 21st annual bus tour with Penn State Extension is for retail-farm-market professionals and is held at the height of the season to enable participants to learn from their regional farm-market peers during their best and most robust season. Explore some of the premier farm markets in New York.

In: Northeast SARE Region


Permalink Farm Aid 2017

September 16, 2017
Burgettstown, Pennsylvania

Farm Aid's annual concert is an all-day music and food festival, featuring a unique lineup of artists and genres and family farm-identified, local, and organic foods. At Farm Aid's 2017 concert, attendees can visit the HOMEGROWN Village to meet farmers, engage in hands-on food and farm activities, and learn about the ways family farmers are enriching our soil, protecting our water and growing our economy, in addition to bringing us good food for good health.

In: Northeast SARE Region



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