Upcoming Events

September, 2017

September 2, Essex, NY: Farm Tour at Essex Farm

Essex Farm is an 1100-acre farm that produces a full diet, year-round, for 300 members, including milk, meats, vegetables, fruits and grains. The farm is powered by a combination of tractors, solar panels, draft horses and a little magic. In addition to feeding the local community through the CSA Membership, Essex Farm offers weekly delivery to individual households in the Tri-Lakes Region, Albany and New York City. Essex Farm Store is open to the public everyday, from 8am-6pm.

September 7, Wolcott, VT: Agritourism Workshop: Serving Food on the Farm

This event is one of a series of workshops bringing together farmers, agricultural service providers, tourism professionals, and insurance representatives at farms with different types of agritourism ventures. Whether you are new to agritourism or have years of experience, these workshops will provide training and resources on safety, liability, marketing and other issues relevant to the agritourism operations where the workshops are held. Resources and follow-up technical assistance will be offered.

September 7, Kinzers, PA: Advanced Pasture Workshop

We are excited to host Dr Silvia Able-Caines (staff veterinarian and renowned grass-fed dairy nutritionist of Organic Valley) and Sarah Flack from VT ( http://www.sarahflackconsulting.com). This workshop has promise to be one the most educational, hands-on, and practical farmer events we have ever hosted!

September 10, Barre, MA: The Integrated Farm

An integrated farm functions like a healthy ecosystem: each element is in relationship with all other elements in the system. Animals provide manure for crops and pastures, woodlands provide timber, mushrooms, and habitat, orchards provide food for humans, bees, and livestock, and humans keep this intricate cycle of fertility and fecundity running smoothly.

At Many Hands Organic Farm Jack Kittredge, Julie Rawson and their colleagues have been working for several decades to create and fine-tune such an ecologically complex system. During this workshop, Jack and Julie will explain and show the systems and interconnections among their various farm enterprises, which include vegetables, tree and berry fruits, pigs, beef cattle, pastured chickens and turkeys, bees, and mushrooms.

September 10, Westfield, VT: Strategies for Carbon Sequestration on the Farm

Join Jack Lazor for a pasture walk and talk about the benefits of grass-based livestock farming. Learn how agriculture has the potential to mitigate climate change through carbon sequestration.

September 12, Vernon, VT: Organic Dairy Forage Management: Corn Silage & Weed Control

September 12, Whallonsburg, NY: Estimations & Ruminations: An overview of Calculating Pasture & Livestock Needs

September 13, Trumansburg, NY: Equipment Tutorial For Small Farmers

Are you a new or growing farm looking to purchase equipment that’s right for you both financially and logistically? Making mechanized equipment purchases can be a daunting task! Join us for a hands-on evening to look at and learn about various different types of equipment to determine what will be appropriate for the size and needs of your operation. Facilitated by Groundswell Center and taught by experienced farmers and a mechanic, this Field Day will help you consider buying new or used, parts and maintenance, size and condition, and some of the precautions needed to make realistic choices. This just might be the risk management tool that will make your next investment a success!

September 13, Brogue, 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 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.

September 14, Stroudsburg, PA: Penn State Extension - Pasture Seminar: Techniques to Manage & Improve

Join us for Pasture Seminar: Techniques to Manage & Improve and learn how to manage pastures to increase quality, reduce weeds, and maintain dense vegetation.

September 16, Chesham, NH: Fence Clinic

The morning session will concentrate on portable and semi permanent electric fence systems and their applications, including a discussion of intense rotational grazing, a superior method of pasture management. This includes polywire, rope and tape systems for horses, cattle, and sheep as well as wildlife control. Participants will familiarize themselves with fence building techniques by actually putting up and taking down electric netting and reel systems, and will learn the importance of a good grounding system. There will also be a discussion of battery and solar energizers, volt meters, gateways, and most importantly, how to educate animals to electric fence. This session may take place indoors if weather dictates. We will finish up with a discussion and tour of low tension semi-permanent fences.

The afternoon session will focus on the construction of permanent fencing solutions such as fixed knot woven wire fence, electric high tensile smooth wire. Attendees will have an opportunity to participate in the building of a brace assembly as well as the stretching, splicing and tying off of woven wire fence.

September 16 NEW DATE, Bristol, VT: Pasture Management and Livestock Integration

September 23-24, Essex, NY: Advanced Grazing Clinic

This Advanced Grazing Clinic is to assist Graziers in more effective use of pasture to achieve high production from their grazing livestock. Essential for this are the ability to assess pastures, calculate seasonal feed and supply needs of animals, and knowledge of soil-plant-water relationships. The clinic will provide Graziers with the necessary knowledge to affect positive change to their feeding systems, and therefore their farm/ranch profitability, resilience, and stewardship.

September 27, Albany, NY: Grassfed Exchange Pre-Conference Bus Tour

September 28, Stroudsburg, PA: Penn State Extension - Pasture Seminar: Weed/Toxic Plant Identification & Management

Join us for Pasture Seminar: Weed/Toxic Plant Identification & Management and learn how to identify and manage weeds and toxic plants.

September 28-29, Albany, NY: Grassfed Exchange

September 29 - October 1, Cornish, NH: Draft Animal-Power Field Days

September 30 - October 1, Tunbridge, VT: Vermont Sheep & Wool Festival


October, 2017

October 4, 11, 25, November 1, Kennett Square, PA: Penn State Extension - Equine Environmental Stewardship Short Course

The Equine Environmental Stewardship Short Course is an exciting four evening workshop that provides in-depth instruction on pasture and farm management. This workshop will be offered in two locations at once; there will be one live presentation and one webinar presentation at each location each night.

Are you a horse farm owner or manager who wants to do right by your horses and the environment? Or maybe you have plans to start a new farm and want to do things right the first time?

This four-night short course will prepare participants to manage their pastures and grazing, soil fertility, weeds, and manure in an environmentally friendly manner.

October 4, 11, 25, November 1, Allentown, PA: Penn State Extension - Equine Environmental Stewardship Short Course

The Equine Environmental Stewardship Short Course is an exciting four evening workshop that provides in-depth instruction on pasture and farm management. This workshop will be offered in two locations at once; there will be one live presentation and one webinar presentation at each location each night.

Are you a horse farm owner or manager who wants to do right by your horses and the environment? Or maybe you have plans to start a new farm and want to do things right the first time?

This four-night short course will prepare participants to manage their pastures and grazing, soil fertility, weeds, and manure in an environmentally friendly manner.

October 13, Worchester, NY: NOFA-NY - Grass Based Dairy Management

Interested in transitioning to grass-based milk production or looking to find out more about fine tuning your pasture management? Join NOFA-NY and Maple Hill Creamery as we learn more on grass-fed organic cow health, breeding, grazing and feed production. Tom McGrath will share his success with restoring depleted pastures through bale grazing, chicken manure and lime applications. Tour Autumn Valley Farm and hear from Tom as he shares his experiences in producing quality feed to meet your herd’s nutritional needs in a grass-based system. Tom will also share his thoughts on dairy genetics and inline breeding with the group.

October 16-18, State College, PA: Beef Cattle Short Course

This 3-day event hosted by Penn State Extension with support from the PA Beef Producers Working Group, includes live cattle evaluation, nutritional workshops, and cutting demonstrations.


November, 2017


December, 2017

December 4, Augusta, ME: NOFA-NY - Farmland Access Conference

The 2017 Farmland Access Conference will happen on Monday, December 4 at the Augusta Civic Center. The conference will provide a venue for day of learning, discussions, and dialog, where participants will get an opportunity to grapple with the challenges of how to provide for a farm’s future when a farmer is ready to step back from the work, and how next generation farmers can position themselves to take on the stewardship of farmlands in transition and make their mark on the future of Maine and New England’s Food System.


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