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October 2016

October 8, 2016
Grazing Dairy Cow Health & Genetics: Beyond the Basics
Wholesome Dairy Farms, 181 Camp Rd, Douglassville, PA 19518 Registration Opens 9:00 am; program from 9:30-1pm, followed by lunch. Cost: $20 Members, $25 Non-members.

This field day will be a discussion regarding the challenges cows face at the different stages of their lives, including conversation around genetics, nutrition, and how the soil of the pasture directly influences the health of the animal and the end product of the system. Mark Lopez, VMD, owner of Wholesome Dairy Farms in Douglassville, PA, will lead the group from the pasture to the barn and, finally, to the on-site store that sells the farm’s finished products. Susan Beal, DVM, CVH, will also be present to lend her expertise related to whole farm/whole system pasture-based ecology: managing health from the ground up.

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October 15, 2016, 9am-1pm
Productive Riparian Buffers
Happy Hollow Farm, 2486 Orwig Rd, Stewartstown, PA 17363
Cost: $20 Members, $25 Non-members

This field day will be an in-depth look at a 5-year old riparian buffer that both follows Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) guidelines, as well as addresses different uses outside the CREP boundaries. Farm Service Agency employee Don English and wife, landscape architect Ann, have designed a buffer that uses a wide variety of native plants in the CREP area, such as elderberry, hollies, aronia, and viburnums, as well as a broader range of species outside the CREP area--including a number of heritage apples. Principles of buffer design, plant selection, working with government programs, and finding value in the buffer-- ecological, social, and economic-- will be discussed. The Englishes will also share the lessons they have learned over five years of buffer installation and management—what’s worked for them and what, in hindsight, they’ might have done differently.

Tracey Coulter, a representative of the DCNR, will be present to discuss agroforestry initiatives within DCNR related to riparian buffer projects. Also present will be representatives of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and Stroud Water Research Center, organizations that work with farmers and landowners in the Chesapeake Bay and Delaware River watersheds in installing buffers by providing technical as well as access to financial assistance. This field day is a good event for any landowner or farmer who is considering planting a buffer on their land and is wondering what sort of productive potential there might be, what funding opportunities exist, and how, in general, to make the project work.

October 15, 2016, 11am-3pm
Basics of Tractor Safety and Maintenance
Everblossom Farm, 6363 Carlisle Pike, East Berlin, PA 17316
Cost: $20 Members, $25 Non-members

Everblossom Farm will host the Basics of Tractor Safety and Maintenance on Saturday, October 15 from 11:00am to 3:00pm. Darla Romberger, Agricultural Sciences Instructor and Penn State Certified Tractor Safety Instructor, will provide in-depth tractor safety training for beginner tractor users. Matt Steiman of the Dickinson College Farm, with over 15 years of vegetable farming experience, will instruct attendees on the basics of tractor maintenance.

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