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August 2018

August 6, 2018 - 10:30am to 2:30pm: Pasture Management and Young stock
Ottercrest Dairy, 80 Gibeault Road, Whiting, VT 05778

Ever think about milking your cows just once a day instead of twice a day? This practice has pros and cons depending on each farms unique situation. Shifting to once a day milking also takes careful planning to make it work well. Join farmer and veterinarian Brian Howlett, UVM Agronomist Heather Darby and grazing consultant Sarah Flack on a tour of Brian’s farm, Ottercrest Dairy. We will take a look at his pasture systems and rotational grazing management. Brian will share strategies for parasite prevention in young stock on pasture and his experience with milking one time a day. $20 farmers, $30 others; for more information contact: Kyla Bedard,

August 9, 2018 - 10:30am to 2:00pm: Pasture Resiliency Field Day
Sweet Rowan Farm, 1942 Lafont Road, West Glover, VT 05875

Interested in finding ways to adapt your pasture system to changes in climate, to spend less on feed and to keep more of your milk check? Join us at this interactive workshop, where we’ll discuss 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 us on a pasture walk where we’ll practice measuring available forage per acre, calculate the acreage required to meet dry matter intake goals and talk about how to make changes in management so forage plants start growing earlier in the spring, grow better through the mid-summer and grow longer into the fall, extending your grazing season. Mike Thresher, Nutritionist with Morrison’s Feed will also join us to offer practical perspective on how grazing management affects rations, protein, energy and milk production. RSVP requested by Monday, August 6th. For more information, contact Sarah Damsell (802)334-6090 x 7008 or email sarah.damsell@vt.nacdnet. net. COST: Free- includes lunch.

August 10-12, 2018, 2018 NOFA Summer Conference
Hampshire College, Amherst, MA

Honoring Our Roots, Tending Our Future

During the weekend of August 10-12, 2018 we will gather again at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts for the 44th Annual NOFA Summer Conference. This immersive annual gathering is an opportunity to come together as the regional organic community from the seven NOFA states – NY, NJ, VT, MA, RI, NH, CT. The conference is a three day event packed with amazing education programming for adults and children, an array of fun spirited activities and the opportunity to be nourished by the collective wisdom and knowledge of decades of farming, gardening and activism that makes up the work of our NOFA chapters.

This year’s conference program is woven with workshops and activities that will pay homage to the agricultural wisdom that has been instructive to us through the ages. We 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.

Our keynote speakers, Rowen White and Eric Holt-Giménez, are two very passionate, ambitious educators, both working diligently to share their knowledge and experience with small agricultural communities. We are looking forward this August and hope you are as well!

August 16, 2018: Homeopathy, 5:30 p.m. farm tour, 6 p.m. discussion.
Balfour Farm, Pittsfield, ME

Please join us in a discussion of how to effectively use homeopathy with livestock. We will use this opportunity to improve our diagnostic and repetorizing skills. Feel free to bring any case information that you’re questioning, and we’ll look up rubrics. We can work through your case together and, maybe, find the right remedy! Please bring any repertory or material medicas you have to use for research. Discussion to be led by Jacki Perkins, MOFGA’s organic dairy and livestock specialist, Diane Schivera, MOFGA’s organic livestock specialist since 1988, and Henrietta Beaufait, DVM and Certified Veterinary Homeopath, the only large animal vet in Maine who is certified in classical homeopath.

August 16, 2018 10:00am – 3:45pm: Pasture Management with Sarah Flack
Stone Barns Center, 630 Bedford Road Pocantico Hills, NY 10591

The morning portion of this workshop will focus on creating a solid understanding of the basic principles of good grazing management systems. Starting first from the plants perspective, we will look at the needs of perennial pasture plants and how to meet those needs by following the grazing guidelines. From there we will do some group exercises and practice to learn how to measure the amount of feed in a pasture, calculate paddock sizes, stocking densities, stocking rates and understand what the ideal number of acres for a flock or herd is. We will then look at some real on farm examples to practice and learn more about perennial plant anatomy and physiology.

In the afternoon, we 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. We will also spend time in the afternoon discussing techniques to monitor and assess the health of the pasture ecosystem, and the performance and the well-being of the livestock.

This session will include indoor classroom time and outdoor time in the pastures. You will want to bring clothing to be comfortable both indoors and outdoors in rain or sun. Bring a calculator and notebook. COST: $25. Questions:

September 13, 2018, Thursday, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Pasture to Plate: Grassfed Cheese

Clover Creek Cheese Cellar
5161 Clover Creek Road, Williamsburg [Blair County], PA 16693

Join us for a pasture walk and lunch at Clover Creek Cheese Cellar, an on-farm cheese processing facility run by Dave and Terry Rice, who also manage a herd of grassfed, pasture-raised cows. You’ll learn about the cheese-making process; breeding and cow management strategies; intensive rotational grazing techniques; and why the Rice family decided to produce valueadded products and focus on direct markets. Dave Rice and his family have farmed for nearly thirty years, and began making cheese 11 years ago. As of last year, they are using all of their milk for either cheese production or direct raw milk sales. Their crossbred cows are 100-percent grassfed, and managed with rotational grazing strategies over 80 pasture acres. This event is suitable for dairy farmers thinking about diversifying into direct markets, current and aspiring cheesemakers, and graziers interested in learning management techniques from an all-grass farm. Please contact this event’s coordinator, Aaron de Long, by email at or by phone at (814) 349-9856 x709.

September 19, 2018
Southeast PA Graziers’ Full day Meeting with Alan Savory

Martindale Center, 352 Martindale Road, Ephrata, PA 17522

Savory will be telling his life story and sharing with us how and why the principles of holistic resource management make sense for the world we live in today. This will be an opportunity to catch the vision from one of the founders of the Holistic Resource Movement. Alan Savory was catapulted to the front line position on this subject when he gave a TED (Technology, Education and Design) Talk in 2013, entitled, ‘How to Fight Desertification and Reverse Climate Change’. Registration, which includes lunch, is $75.00 and you can send a check to Lancaster Co. Graziers, 1142 Gap Road, Kinzers, PA 17535. If you have questions, please call or text Roman Stoltzfoos at 717-278-1070. We are expecting a large crowd, so please register early.

September 21-23, 2018 – Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Common Ground Country Fair

MOFGA’s Common Ground Education Center, Unity.

MOFGA’s premier event celebrating rural living. Three full days of educational talks and demonstrations, entertainment, delicious Maine-grown organic food and products from local artisans. Contact MOFGA at for more information.

September 22, 2018, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Management Intensive Grazing for the Diversified Farm,

Earthwise Farm & Forest, 341 McIntosh Hill Road, Bethel, VT

Management Intensive Grazing is a form of grazing management that can improve pasture forage yields, improve feed quality, increase plant species diversity, improve livestock performance, build organic matter & soil nutrient levels, and increase the biological life in your soil. Taking weather, biology, ecology, livestock management, and technology (i.e. electric fencing, water systems, your smart phone apps) into consideration can help make a successful grazing system. This class will provide instruction for setting up a successful grazing system on a diversified farm, using poultry, horses, cows, sheep, goats and/or pigs. Participants will be introduced to fencing & water system designs, and movable structures for hogs, poultry, and small ruminants, and will learn how to determine daily feed needs of various types of livestock. This class is also appropriate for farmers who have only one type of livestock and want to manage their pastures well. Visit earthwisefarmandforest .com/management -intensive-grazing for more information and to register, or contact Lisa McCroy at

October 3-5, 2018 (Wednesday – Friday, 3 full days)
Artisanal Cheesemaking Making: The Vermont Experience:
Vermont Technical College, Randolph, VT

124 Admin Drive, Randolph Center, VT 05061

This comprehensive 3-days cheesemaking course provides participants with the fundamental knowledge and skills to unveil the art and sciences of artisanal cheesemaking, all in the heart of beautiful Vermont.

During this program students will learn the fundamental information and grasp the practical knowledge to craft a variety of cheeses. Students will learn first-hand from master cheesemakers, top cheese scientists and a variety of awardwinner Vermont cheesemakers. The workshop combines advanced cheesemaking classroom lectures, practical hands-on exercises and visits to Vermont artisanal cheesemakers. Space is limited. Sign now to reserve your seat! Cost: $600, www. /artisanal-cheesemaking -making-vermontexperience Contact: Molly Willard,

October 10, 2018, Wednesday, 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Land Access Innovations Training:
Affordable Farmland Protection Strategies
Mattress Factory Museum

500 Sampsonia Way, Pittsburgh, PA 15212

This full-day, in-depth training is focused on innovative tools that land trusts, farmland preservation boards, and other land access leaders can use to help farmers gain secure, affordable access to land. This training is part of a series of trainings that the National Young Farmers Coalition (NYFC) has held around the country geared towards conservation professionals who are committed to exploring, or have already begun to incorporate, strategies for protecting economically viable working farms and keeping farmers on the land in their work. The curriculum is focused on the use of enhanced agricultural easements and shared-equity land ownership, and will feature presentations from NYFC, Equity Trust, farmers, and land conservation professionals from around the country. The training is designed with local partners to address the particular needs and challenges of Pennsylvania farmers, but all are welcome. The training coincides with the Land Trust Alliance Rally in Pittsburgh. Cost: $25. Visit for more information.

November 3-5, 2018, Saturday - Monday
Farmer to Farmer Conference,
Northport, Maine

MOFGA’s annual conference for farmers provides a great opportunity to talk about what works and what doesn’t while learning new ideas from university faculty, fellow farmers and others. Phone: 207-568-4142, Email:

November 5-8, 2018
Choose Food Symposium, Renaissance Harborplace Hotel,

Baltimore, Maryland

The Choose Food Project aims to help producers and consumers make ethical food choices by giving them access to easy to use, high-quality information about food. The Project is developing a novel framework for ethical assessment of the food system, as well as educational resources and cutting-edge digital tools about food ethics. Join us November 5–8, 2018 to learn from the Choose Food team of experts as we discuss 49 Core Ethical Commitments that set parameters for ethics in the production, marketing, and purchasing of food. Plus, hear from celebrated food system leaders who will identify the opportunities for ethical improvement of the food system. For more information contact Cara Wychgram,; (410) 614-0869 Web address:

December 2nd to 5th, 2018
7th National Grazing Lands Conference:
Taking the Gamble out of Grazing

Peppermill Resort and Casino, Reno, NV

This conference will provide you with a forum for discussion and exchange of grazing land information and technology, an opportunity to identify grazing land research and program needs, and a chance to see new products and services. At this national grazing conference, the NGC endeavors to have livestock producers with very good grazing operations who are also good speakers giving the presentations at the conference. The NGC also tries to have good and equal representation from all parts of the country. This includes producer speakers from the Eastern U.S. that are managing the pasture operations well. Register here

January 12, 2019 (All day)
32nd NOFA-Massachusetts 2019 Winter Conference,

Worcester State University, Worcester, MA

We are very excited to dedicate our conference in 2019 to the theme of Food As Medicine and have as our keynote speaker, soil scientist, John Kempf. We hope to explore the many ways we relate to food from soil health to consumer choices. If you have a workshop idea and would like to submit a workshop proposal you can fill out this form. For more information, visit:





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