Upcoming Events

June, 2018

Jun 1, Greensburg, PA: Sheep and Goat Workshops: Financial Management

Sheep and goat producers should have a good understanding of a variety of financial aspects related to their operation. New producers should begin with assessing what resources they have available on their farm and what resources they will need to purchase. All producers should develop a budget to help them better manage finances throughout the year.

Jun 2, Brattleboro, VT: Strolling of the Heifers

A weekend of fun and education for the whole family, built around the world-famous, agriculturally-themed Strolling of the Heifers Parade. Come down to Brattleboro’s historic Main Street on Saturday, June 2. 2018 Parade theme: MAY THE FARMS BE WITH YOU

Jun 2, Rome, PA: Increasing Pasture, Increasing Diversity

Join PASA, the PA Grazing Lands Coalition, and Organic Valley at Back Achers Farm on Tuesday, June 12, from 10am-2pm, for a tour of a farm that is pasture-raising and direct-marketing pigs, chickens, turkeys, lamb, and beef. The focus of the conversation will be related to how the farm is looking to improve and increase its pastures, in meeting the diverse grazing needs of its animals.

Jun 4, Poultney, VT: Introduction to Grazing Management with Sarah Flack

In the morning the group will look at pasture soils, plants and talk about what they need to be productive and healthy. After lunch (included in your fee) will be a discussion about livestock nutritional and behavioral needs and then how to put it all together into a practical grazing system. This will be a small group, and oriented to beginners. There will be plenty of time for questions and hands on learning. Come prepared for time outside with your sunhat and rain coat.

Jun 6 - 9, Craftsbury Common, VT: Farming the Woods- Silvopasture

Any practice combining forest management and crop production is considered agroforestry, but only a few possible ventureshave the knowledge, technology, and markets that support profitability on a wide range of landscapes. This course will offer you skills to sustainably care for your woodlot and focus on log-grown mushrooms, tree saps and syrups, and silvopasture (grazing animals in the forest) as three of the best options for both the homestead and farm scale. Almost any forestedland is suitable for one or more of these practices. This course is highly engaging and hands-on, with lots of practical information and the toolsto get started at home.

  • Day 1 - Accessing Tree Health and Tree Removal
  • Day 2 - Tapping Trees (maple, birch, walnut & more) and Mushroom Inoculation (shitake, oyster, lions mane & more)
  • Day 3 – Silvopasture

Jun 7, Bristol, VT: Pasture Management and Livestock Integration

This series is intended to provide theory, philosophy and practical application for community members interested in ecological design, regenerative practices and whole systems thinking. With the growing interest in self-sufficiency and operational resilience, the 2018 schedule includes more discussions with leaders in the field. Communitysupported discussions run on the first Thursday of the month from 6-8 andare free but bring a topping for the pizza is encouraged.

Jun 8, Burke, NY: Rotational Grazing Workshop

Butterfield Farm, 1002 Coveytown Rd, Burke (Franklin County) - rain or shine in the field, please dress appropriately - Franklin County Soil and Water will be sponsoring a rotational grazing workshop with Grazing Specialist Troy Bishopp from Madison County. Troy will be speaking on what a grazing management plan is, forages you might find in your pasture, and help you and your farm become “grazing specialists”. Participants will walk through an existing grazing operation to help visualize how to set up a grazing system based on forage types, conditions, and availability to livestock. Lunch will be provided by the district; following lunch participants will learn how to implement a grazing system and Troy will explain his Grazing Chart which helps farmers during the grazing season. This interactive workshop is free and open to the public, pre-registration is required by June 1st to guarantee lunch. Pre-register today by calling (518) 651-2097 and ask for Allycia Leach or email aleach@fcswcd.org.

Jun 12, Syracuse, NY: Dairy and Beef Pasture Walk

CBG Farms, 3940 Bussey Road, Syracuse (Onondaga County) - CBG Farm is a 4th generation family owned and operated dairy farm. Like most dairies they are looking how to position themselves to remain profitable during the current low milk price period. During the past year and a half, they reduced their dairy herd from milking 120 cows to the current 80 cows. This allowed them to operate the farm with only family labor and they gave up renting far off tillable land. They are coming back to grazing the dairy herd to further reduce their cost of production. The Griskauskas’ have also diversified their income by selling Grassfed Angus beef to the public, and operating a private campsite through “Hipcamp”. Join us for a light lunch and tour of the pastures. There will be a review of previous Cornell Dairy Farm Business Summaries to compare the cost of production on grazing dairies vs confinement dairies. Charlie and his sons are looking forward to have other graziers offer tips on how to better manage their pastures. RSVPs appreciated but not required. Light refreshments will be provided. To register call 607-391-2662 and leave a message or contact Abbie Teeter at ajt248@cornell.edu. This pasture walk is supported by Cornell South Central NY Dairy Team, and NY Ag & Markets Crop Insurance Education Team. For more information contact Fay Benson at 607-745-3807 or afb3@cornell.edu.

Jun 12, New Oxford, PA: Pasture Walk

Franklin County Graziers sponsors a pasture walk at Mike Stahl’s farm. He rotationally grazes stocker beef heifers. Pasture walk begins at 10am, at 974 Tapeworm Road, New Oxford, PA.

Jun 13, Randolph, VT: Watering System Basics Pasture Walk

Come join Jenn Colby, Betsy Miller, and the Vermont Grass Farmers Association for an evening pasture walk to learn the ins and outs of watering systems on June 13 in Randolph.

Jun 14, South Hero, VT: Grazing Field Day at Islandacres

Grazing field day, June 14, 2018 at Islandacres farm in South Hero, Vt. Grazing consultant Sarah Flack and Cheryl Cesario of UVM Extension will lead a pasture walk with Steve Robinson of Islandacres. The Robinson’s are transitioning their 70 cow dairy to management-intensive grazing. Discussion on grazing topics will be from both the plant’s and animal’s perspective. Come see how they are adopting to these new management practices.

Jun 20, Argyle, NY: Managing Pasture and Forage Quality to Meet the Nutritional Needs of Meat and Fiber Livestock

Mack Brook Farm, 312 McEachron Hill Road, Argyle (Washington County) – This workshop will cover legume and grass identification and their particular forage qualities, forage quality changes through the season, nutritional needs of livestock at different stages of life, fly control, and more. Presenters include Aaron Gabriel and Hank Bignell from the Capital Area Agriculture and Horticulture Program of Cornell Cooperative Extension and Ken Wise, Cornell Field Crop IPM Specialist. Admission is free but registration is requested.

Jun 20, Morrisville, NY: Small Ruminant Pasture Walk

earn about proper pasture management for small ruminants to facilitate health and reduce parasite load. We will also provide a review of FAMACHA. Contact Sarah Ficken at 315-684-3001, ext. 108 or by email at sjs299@cornell.edu.

Jun 28, Pocantico Hills, NY: Grazing Fundamentals and Grazing Charts

Join grazier, Troy Bishopp, in a four season grazing strategy process using grazing charts to predict changes in recoveryperiods and develop management scenarios to meet your goals and reduce stress in your grazing plan. Topics covered include: Starting the grazing season and managing the flush of grass, how to graze taller grasses and plan for time off, and preparing for stockpiling. Come learn how Troy creates a flexible strategy for his own farm. Then walk the pastures with Troy and Stone Barns Farm Director Jack Algiere in the afternoon to observe the grazing plan at work. Please come with your own grazing plan on hand so participants can engage in a conversation from all angles.


July, 2018

Jul 11, Mohrsville, PA: Multispecies Grazing: Management Techniques & Animal Care

Learn how to manage a multi-species grazing system, including implementing succession grazing techniques and caring for each animal species from start to finish, at Deep Roots Valley.

Deep Roots Valley directly markets its product to consumers and restaurants. Over the past seven years, owners and operators Will and Kelly Smith have worked to convert their fifth-generation family farm from a conventional crop operations to a multispecies grazing operation. They intensively graze approximately 60 head of beef cattle, pasture raise 2,000 laying hens, pasture 5,000 broilers, and finish 15 pigs on their 150-acre farm in Berks County.

Jul 17, State College, PA: Equine Pasture Walk

Using Best Management Practices (BMPs) on our horse farms is great for our horses and the environment, but sometimes it can be hard to figure out how to integrate them into our operations. Join us for an Equine Pasture Walk to learn more about Best Management Practices and how to apply them.

Jul 19, Hoosick Falls, NY: Newly Transitioned Organic Dairy Grazing

Join NOFA-NY and High Meadows Farm for three segments on their farm. The first segment will consist of a pasture walk with an HM grazing planning chart illustrating Holistic Planned (Adaptive) grazing. In the second segment our host, Eric Ziehm, will discuss his transition to Certified Organic and what the process looked like as recently as May 2018. The third segment will cover what factors we take into account in breeding for success in this paradigm.

Jul 23, Washington Boro, PA: Equine Pasture Walk

Using Best Management Practices (BMPs) on our horse farms is great for our horses and the environment, but sometimes it can be hard to figure out how to integrate them into our operations. Join us for an Equine Pasture Walk to learn more about Best Management Practices and how to apply them.

Participants will discuss pasture management strategies and best management practices to benefit our horses and the environment. Participants will also sharpen their forage and weed identification, soil testing, and pasture evaluation skills with hands-on activities.

Jul 24, State College, PA: Equine Pasture Walk

Using Best Management Practices (BMPs) on our horse farms is great for our horses and the environment, but sometimes it can be hard to figure out how to integrate them into our operations. Join us for an Equine Pasture Walk to learn more about Best Management Practices and how to apply them.

Participants will discuss pasture management strategies and best management practices to benefit our horses and the environment. Participants will also sharpen their forage and weed identification, soil testing, and pasture evaluation skills with hands-on activities.

Jul 25, Bethel Park, PA: Equine Pasture Walk

Using Best Management Practices (BMPs) on our horse farms is great for our horses and the environment, but sometimes it can be hard to figure out how to integrate them into our operations. Join us for an Equine Pasture Walk to learn more about Best Management Practices and how to apply them.

Participants will discuss pasture management strategies and best management practices to benefit our horses and the environment. Participants will also sharpen their forage and weed identification, soil testing, and pasture evaluation skills with hands-on activities.

Jul 26, Franklin, PA: Equine Pasture Walk

Using Best Management Practices (BMPs) on our horse farms is great for our horses and the environment, but sometimes it can be hard to figure out how to integrate them into our operations. Join us for an Equine Pasture Walk to learn more about Best Management Practices and how to apply them.

Participants will discuss pasture management strategies and best management practices to benefit our horses and the environment. Participants will also sharpen their forage and weed identification, soil testing, and pasture evaluation skills with hands-on activities.


August, 2018


September, 2018

Sep 12-13, Sherman, NY: Grass-Fed Workshop and Pasture Walk: Lessons we can Learn from the Pasture

Green Heron Growers, Sherman (Chautauqua County) - Joining us will be renowned pasture consultant Sarah Flack, Dr. Silvia Abel-Caines, Ruminant Nutritionist for Organic Valley/CROPP, Steve Gabriel with the Finger Lakes Permaculture Institute and Jonathan Zeiset, Zeiset Ag Consulting. This event will be an in-depth look at pasture forages and how to create diversity in your pasture while supplying your animals with the proper nutrition for increased weight gains in beef and increasing milk components in your milk. Our emphasis will be on building high quality, low cost forages, increasing the diversity in the forage selection and building the microbial population in your soils. We also plan to look at ways to improving your net income by utilizing all of your pasture resources including the use of “silvo-pasture” woodland grazing.

Our workshops will consists of a series of lectures, pasture walks and observations of pasture trials with microbial and mycorrhizae inoculation and forage diversity. While feeding the mind with information to improve your farm operation, you will also be fed farm raised organic foods prepared by on-farm Green Heron Growers kitchen staff. The Heron facilities offer patrons the opportunity to camp in our spacious 300 plus acres of woodlands or open meadow camper friendly areas.


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