Events in the northeastern SARE region.

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Regenerative Grazing From the Ground Up

September 19, 2019
Wernersville, Pennsylvania
At this PASA event, Forrest and Greg Stricker from Spring Creek Farms—a 287-acre dairy and poultry farm that has been certified organic for two decades—will share how they optimize soil health through their pasture management practices as they strive to improve their forage productivity, quality, and longevity.
In: Northeast SARE Region


Common Ground Country Fair

September 20-22, 2019
Unity, Maine
Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) hosts Common Ground Country Fair annually. It celebrates the rural and agricultural traditions of Maine. The event includes keynote speakers, numerous events, and exhibits.
In: Northeast SARE Region


Soil Health in Pastures and Pasture Management

September 23, 2019
Middle Island, New York
This free event at Acabonac Farms offers an introduction to soil health, discussion of pasture management for better soil and healthier cows, presentations on American Farmland Trust's soil health efforts on Long Island and the Equipment Loan Program (SHELP) for Suffolk County Farmers, and details on managing perennial and annual forage needs at Acabonac Farms.
In: Northeast SARE Region


Growing & Processing Medicinal Herbs

September 25, 2019
Doylestown, Pennsylvania
PASA presents this free CRAFT workshop for beginning and aspiring farmers at Barefoot Botanicals. Learn about growing and processing medicinal herbs, farming at a "human scale," and producing a variety of value-added herbal products. The farmers will also share lessons they've learned in transitioning from vegetable production to herbs, and how they work to enhance the ecological diversity of their land while growing their products.
In: Northeast SARE Region


Northeast Organic Dairy Producers Association Field Days

September 26-27, 2019
Canastota, New York
The two-day NODPA event features farm tours and workshops that aim to prepare farmers for the realities of today's organic dairy market. An evening keynote presentation and panel discussion is entitled "Adapting to the New Realities of Organic Dairy: Where do we go from here?" The program is filled with information sessions, discussions, and educational workshops that focus on the important and timely issues facing all organic dairy farm families. The event also includes a full trade show, networking, and NODPA's Annual Meeting.
In: Northeast SARE Region


Exploring Practices & Policies for Improving Soil Health Series: Dairy Focus

September 26, 2019
Highgate Center, Vermont
Vermont NOFA offers an opportunity to join Guy Choiniere of Choiniere Family Farm, a fourth generation, 100% grass-fed dairy farm in northwestern Vermont, as he shares lessons learned over the past 15 years about maximizing soil health while improving animal health and financial stability. Tour the Choiniere's grazing operation as Guy discusses his approach to soil health, which is centered around the principles of keeping it simple, replacing what you harvest, and building soil resiliency.
In: Northeast SARE Region


Exploring Practices & Policies for Improving Soil Health Series: Mixed Vegetable & Cut Flower Focus

October 1, 2019
Middlebury, Vermont
This workshop is part of a three-part series focusing on soil health solutions for commercial farmers, and opportunities to create meaningful policy change to expand healthy soils practices in Vermont. Join Spencer and Jennifer Blackwell of Elmer Farm, a certified organic mixed vegetable and flower farm, as they share techniques they have used to improve the health and fertility of their soils, along with the results of those efforts. Some of the strategies discussed will include reduced tillage, installing a permanent bed system, increasing their use of multispecies cover crops, reduced amendments, and the use of more targeted, live mulches.
In: Northeast SARE Region


Food Justice and Ending Racism in the Food System

October 3, 2019
Pocantico Hills, New York
Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture presents Leah Penniman, of Soul Fire Farm, in a full-day workshop for beginning farmers. Participate in this workshop to learn how you too can be part of the movement for food sovereignty and help build a food system based on justice, dignity, and abundance for all members of our community.
In: Northeast SARE Region


Draft Animal-Power Field Days

October 4-6, 2019
Shelburne, Vermont
The 7th Draft Animal-Power Field Days will offer full-day workshops on Draft Animal Powered Logging, Intro to Working Draft Animals, and Training Drafts—Getting the Most from your Working Horses. There will also be demonstrations, networking, vendors, and more.
In: Northeast SARE Region


New York Nut Growers Association Fall Meeting

October 5, 2019
Spencer, New York
All are welcome to attend the New York Nut Growers Association Fall Meeting. The morning session will feature presentations on growing hickory nuts; nut tree silvopastures; research into the NYNGA's English walnut breeding program; a report on a young orchard of chestnut and hazelnut; and the use of biochar to sequester carbon and enhance nut production. Following lunch and a brief NYNGA business meeting, participants will visit two farms to tour fruit and nut trees.
In: Northeast SARE Region


Tractor Operations, Safety and Maintenance Training

October 8-9, 2019
Troy, New Hampshire
NCAT is offering a two-day, hands-on Tractor Operations, Safety and Maintenance Training for specialty crop growers with Shane LaBrake. This class will discuss how tractors are designed to work; how to operate them safely and effectively; and how to perform regular and basic maintenance tasks. Registration is limited.
In: Northeast SARE Region


Bee-ginner's Beekeeping: The Basics of Apiculture

October 10-12, 2019
Bordentown, New Jersey
This three-day beginning beekeeping class from Rutgers Office of Continuing Professional Education is designed to provide information that new beekeepers need to start and care for a honey bee colony. In the first two days, participants will be introduced to bee biology and management. Participants will also have hands-on sessions, learn how to assemble hives, open and examine colonies, and see how honey and beeswax are harvested.
In: Northeast SARE Region


Building your Farm Team to Build Healthier Soil

October 21, 2019
Petersburg, New York
This free, NOFA New York field day will focus primarily on two components, communication strategies on the farm and building healthy soil and the mutual support between the two. During this field day, the Soul Fire Farm team will explain the benefits and challenges of the communication strategies they use for building healthy organizational culture. The Soul Fire team will also discuss their implementation of reduced tillage practices and other regenerative soil farming methods and describe Soul Fire's other programs.
In: Northeast SARE Region


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