July 12, Sharpsville, PA: PA Grazing Lands Coalition and PASA - Midsummer Pasture Walk
Please join us at Walnut Hill Farm in scenic Mercer County (4965 Saranac Drive, Sharpsville, PA 16150) on Wednesday, July 12 at 10:00 AM for a pasture walk and grazing system discussion, hosted by owner Michael Kovach and co-sponsored by PA GLC and PASA. Franklin Egan from PASA will also lead a discussion about recordkeeping and the walk will be followed by lunch at a local specialty deli that uses Walnut Hill Farm products. After lunch, all are welcome to join in on the quarterly Grazing Lands Coalition meeting to find out about the exciting things the PA GLC is undertaking this year and beyond. The day’s activities are free, but pre-registration is required so that we have an accurate head count for our host.
July 29, Honesdale, PA: PASA Education Event - Closed-Loop Systems on the Diversified Farmstead
Dave and Anita Avvisato began their modern, 15-acre farmstead operation eight years ago with a small vegetable garden. From these humble beginnings, their operation has evolved to encompass bees and chickens, horses and hay, field crops and high tunnels, and on-farm compost, all in a naturally enriching flow of fertility. Dave notes, “The only thing we want leaving the farm is product. No waste!” Far Away Farms sells on-farm and at market, as well as to a grower’s cooperative and some retail accounts. They are in the process of becoming Animal Welfare Certified. Once a hobby for the couple, the farm is now a full-time vocation for Dave. They look forward to sharing their systems and thoughts with attendees, and hope to help others achieve their small farm dream.
August 23, Mechanicsville, PA: PASA Education Event - Multi-Species, Planned Grazing and Cover Crop Cocktails
How can multi-species, planned grazing improve soil health and how does a farmer integrate cover crops into the mix? Join farmer Ron Moule as he explains the planned grazing systems at Carversville Farm, a certified organic farm in Bucks County that raises dairy goats, dairy sheep, beef, chickens, turkeys, and pigs, and uses animal impact, rest, and diverse cover crop mixes for soil regeneration. He will also discuss techniques for establishing perennial pasture without tillage, and designing diverse seed mixes to meet the nutritional requirements for all species with a focus on eliminating grain from ruminant rations.
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