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December 6, 2016 and January 24, 2017
New England Farm Succession School
New England Farm Succession School for senior farmers and farm couples looking toward retirement and farm transition, in Augusta, ME. (Other dates in Concord, N.H., and Randolph, Vt.) Register ($300 per farmer or farm couple) at 603-357-1600 or www.landforgood.org/rsvp. Sponsored by Land for Good, Keene, NH
New York Certified Organic Winter Meeting (1 of 3)
January 10, 2017
Contact Name: Fay Benson
Web Address: http://blogs.cornell.edu/organicdairyinitiative/
Location: Jordan Hall, NYS Ag Experiment Station, Geneva, NY
Organic grain and dairy farmers gather with guest speakers promptly at 10 am for presentations, potluck lunch (bring a dish please) after-lunch roundtable discussion. Free.
January 10, 2017 meeting has 4 presentations:
January 14, 2017 (All day)
NOFA-MA Winter Conference
Worcester State University, Worcester, MA
Go deeper into your winter study sessions at the upcoming NOFA/Mass Winter Conference at Worcester State University on January 14th, 2017! Our full program of adult, teen and children’s courses will be just what you need to prepare for your next growing cycle! There will be a film series, a raffle and plenty of conversation to be had amongst the 1000 farmers, gardeners and activists working to create a more organic friendly world!
This year’s keynote speaker will be Paul Kaiser from Singing Frogs Farm in Sonoma County, CA. Paul and his wife Elizabeth have been successfully demonstrating how to produce high volume, high quality vegetables in an inspiring no-till system since 2007.
Registration opens October 15th, and includes an amazing organic lunch! Visit the conference website for more information: http://www.nofamass.org/events/wc. Register Online Now!
January 9-18, 2017
Fundamentals of Artisan Cheese
Sterling College in Craftsbury, VT
Two-week intensive course taught by world-renowned master cheesemaker Ivan Larcher at Sterling College in Craftsbury, Vt., in conjunction with Jasper Hill, an American Cheese Society-Certified Professional Educator. Offered by The School of the New American Farmstead.
Visit http://www.sterlingcollege.edu/cheese for details and registration.
January 20 & 21, 2017
The 21st Annual Vermont Grazing and Livestock Conference: Grazing Annual Forages
Lake Morey Resort, Fairlee, VT
SAVE THE DATE 2017
Keynote Speaker: Brittany Cole Bush, a self-deemed ‘modern-day, urban shepherdess’, is a professional working in the fields of land stewardship, animal husbandry, consulting and education. Her experience derives from managing upwards of 2,500 head of sheep and goats in the Bay Area of California to perform stewardship and fire hazard abatement projects. Since 2012, ‘BCB’ has developed and managed the treatment of over 3,000 acres of both private and public lands annually using prescribed herbivory as a tool for restoration, remediation and fire hazard reduction in over 6 counties in Northern California. For more information, visit:
January 25-28, 2017
Ecological Farming Association’s 37th EcoFarm Conference
Pacific Grove, California
Prime networking and educational hub for farmers, ranchers, distributors, retailers, activists, researchers and educators - featuring over 70 workshops, plus keynote speakers, discussion groups, an exhibitor marketplace, seed swap, live entertainment, mixers and delicious organic meals. www.eco-farm.org/conference
January 20-22, 2017
NOFA NY Winter Conference, Long Live the Farmer: Diversity and Biodiversity
The Saratoga Hilton, 534 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, New York, 12866
We are pleased to announce that this year’s Keynote Speaker will be CR Lawn of Fedco Seeds.
Tying in with our new seed conference, he will focus on the objectives of creating an ethical, sustainable seed system and strategies for overcoming obstacles. For more information and full program, visit www.nofany.org
January 31, 2017 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm EST
Landscape Heroes: Carbon, Water, and Biodiversity: Small Steps – Big Impacts
UMass, Amherst, MA
Carbon expert and author, rancher and activist, Courtney White will be joining us this winter from New Mexico for an exciting conference on practical steps one can take to make big impacts to restore soil carbon and be a part of the climate solution.
The Carbon Conference will take place at UMass Amherst campus and will feature a wide variety of land care practitioners including land managers, farmers, researchers, and conservationists. They will speak about what is possible for soil carbon and landscape restoration. Special Offer: NOFA Members can use this code for a $20 discount. $59 - $79 For more information see more at: http://www.ecolandscaping.org/event/carbon-onference/#sthash.k0Bj0PiO.dpuf