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June 2017

June 5-6, 2017
Agroforestry Design Intensive, a Farmer-to-Farmer Exchange Event
Lundale Farm, 2501 Pottstown Pike, Pottstown, PA 19465
Monday, June 5, 10am-4pm and Tuesday, June 6, 9am-3pm

Agroforestry, the intentional planting or management of perennial tree and shrub species within an agricultural system, can provide a multi-functional approach for enhancing land stewardship, meeting conservation goals and increasing and diversifying income potential. Well informed placement and management of these long term systems is paramount for achieving success and maximizing returns on investment. Join us on June 5th – 6th for a two day, hands-on design intensive where we introduce concepts of agroforestry systems and walk attendees through the process of accessing the landscape for opportunities for incorporating perennial agricultural systems into an already actively managed farm. This training is intended to mix landowner/operators with professional service providers to encourage a dynamic group learning process through experience sharing, reality checking and innovative idea generating conversations.

This event will take place on Lundale Farm, a 520-acre preserved landscape of woodlands, pastures, crop fields and riparian areas, bordered by French Creek and Beaver Run. Currently, there are six agricultural operations on Lundale property, producing a wide range of products, from pastured poultry to microgreens, to vegetables and beef. The diversity of the landscape and farming operations on Lundale’s property make it an ideal location for hosting this workshop intended on helping land stewards realize the greatest regenerative, productive potential of their managed landscapes. Cost: $60, Members; $75 Non-members. Lunch both days is included. For more information, visit: or call PASA, 814-349-9856.

June 12-16, 2017
The Art of Natural Cheesemaking

Phone: 802. 586. 7711
Contact Name: Lucy Hankison
Location: Craftsbury Common, VT
Web Address:

From culture propagation to rennet coagulation and on to affinage, this comprehensive and hands on course covers nearly all aspects and styles of farmhouse cheesemaking. Five days of learning allows students to prepare many styles of cheese and observe the stages of their evolution, providing insight into how many cheeses can evolve from the very same milk, with the same culture, and the same rennet. The course will focus on natural methods and a full circle approach to home and micro-scale cheesemaking. Class begins with a session on dairy fermentation, covering kefir, creme fraiche, cultured butter, yogurt, clabber, and quark. Next, we will explore fresh lactic cheeses such as cream cheese, chèvre, and geotrichum-candidum ripened lactic cheeses, including Crottin, Valencay and Saint Marcellin. We’ll deepen our study by looking at rennet cheeses: One morning, we’ll prepare a basic curd that can become many different styles of cheese. By the afternoon, the curd’s acidity will have developed, enabling us to stretch the cheese into mozzarella, burratta, and other pasta filata cheeses. We will then investigate blue cheeses and explore the different rind ecologies, including the white fungus of Camembert and the orange rinds of Limburger. Last, we make an Alpine Cheese and a Cheddar; with their leftover whey we prepare a batch of fresh, warm Ricotta. “The Art of Natural Cheesemaking” offers a well-rounded understanding of the opportunities available to safely and deliciously create value-added dairy products ecologically and without reliance on manufactured cultures.

June 13-14, 2017
The 2017 Midwest Farm Energy Conference
West Central Research and Outreach Center, 46352 State Highway 329, Morris, MN, 56267

The 2017 Midwest Farm Energy Conference is scheduled for June 13-14, 2017. The conference will highlight energy efficient systems for Midwest dairies (on June 13th), as well as for swine production systems (on June 14th).

Conference will include: Practical information for agricultural producers regarding energy technologies for Midwest farms; energy optimized systems for dairy production; energy conservation and generation in swine facilities; opportunity to network with energy experts and professionals; keynote speakers, and Renewable Energy tours.

Several registration packages are available for the Midwest Farm Energy Conference including full conference, single day option, student pricing, and the option to attend the keynote dinner only. Want to know more? Check out our Registration page for pricing options and to register online,

June 13-14, 2017
Capture Free Energy with Management and Energy is Money & Money is Energy
Misty Brook Farm 156 Bog Rd Albion, ME 04910

Join us to learn from world-renowned grazing expert Ian Mitchell-Innes. This two-day intensive will cover: Livestock, Soil Life, & Energy, Animal Performance & High Density Grazing, Land as Solar Panel & Planned Grazing, Infrastructure & Profits, Infrastructure & Profits and Planning the Biological Calendar with Nature to save Money.

Ian Mitchell-Innes is a native of South Africa where he has spent decades managing his ranch and cattle. Through trial and error, he eventually settled on Holistic Management and Mob Grazing. He is here to help us recognize week links, take advantage of solar energy, and make our farms more profitable. Ian has a power point presentation and asked that participants bring colored pens. We will spend some time in a classroom setting and some time out in the pastures. Bring your questions!

Misty Brook Farm is a diversified organic family farm producing milk, cream, eggs, pork, beef, veal, lamb, & grains. The cost is $275 per farm family; please mail a check to register. We are just like everyone else holding things together with bale twine, so this just covers paying Ian. If you can afford more, consider sponsoring another farm! We will provide the main meat and salad for lunch. If there is anything else you would like to share, bring it along! Contact us, Katia & Brendan Holmes, 207-437-4719, with your questions.

June 19-23, 2017
Holistic Livestock Husbandry
Phone: 802-586-7711
Contact Name: Lucy Hankinson
Web Address:
Location: Sterling College, Craftsbury, VT

Holistic Livestock Husbandry both highlights tried and true management techniques and exploring new directions for managing the small diversified livestock farm for healthy, contented livestock. The course looks at how farm infrastructure, feeding regimens, animal handling, and management decisions impact the health of the whole system—livestock, landscape, people, markets, and community. For two days, we will study different types of animals and observe how they interact with the landscape and facilities, using the Sterling Farm and livestock systems as a case study. During another two of our days together, we will be joined by renowned holistic vet, Dr. Hubert Karreman, who will walk students through hands-on exercises, observations, and discussions, toward an in-depth understanding of how to build an effective and caring livestock health management system.

The class will also feature a single-day Master Class with Dr. Temple Grandin, animal scientist, researcher, and author, of several award-winning books on animal behavior and management, including the recently released, Temple Grandin’s Guide to Working with Farm Animals: Safe, Humane Livestock Handling Practices for the Small Farm. Grandin will apply her groundbreaking approach to decoding animal behavior to small farms, identifying and addressing the special needs and challenges of these livestock operations. Grandin’s fascinating explanations of how herd animals think—describing their senses, fears, instincts, and memories— and methods for analyzing their behavior will help you handle your livestock more safely and effectively.

This course offers an opportunity to learn from some of the most acclaimed figures in humane livestock management in an applied manner and small farm setting.

June 26-30, 2017
Grazing & Soil Building
Phone: 802-586-7711
Contact Name: Heather Jerrett
Web Address:
Location: Sterling College, Craftsbury, VT

Livestock, humans, and grasslands have co-evolved for more than 10,000 years. Modern farming techniques can capitalize on this relationship to feed our livestock, heal our landscapes, sequester carbon in our soils, and create ecologically sound, humane farming systems. Join Sterling Farm Manager Gwyneth Harris and the Vermont Pasture Network’s Jen Colby to explore grazing systems and techniques. Together, we will look at the ecology of grasslands, savannahs, and woodlands, and the place of livestock animals in their development and maintenance. Next, we will look at how farms can mimic natural patterns to develop effective on-farm grazing systems. To this end, the class includes a master class session, Developing the Graziers Toolbox, with independent grazing consultant and author Sarah Flack. We will focus on measuring and maintaining biodiversity in your pastures; matching animal numbers and types to grazed and browsed landscapes; varying grazing impact to match the needs of the season and your herd/flock; and discuss non-ruminant livestock on the grazing landscape. We will also take a wide-angle look at the role that grazing systems can play in positive global environmental change with Judith Schwartz.

Level: Beginner

Prerequisites: This course is targeted toward beginning graziers, and folks who want to brush up on their technical skills or adapt their grazing system to a more regenerative model. We will cover forage plant ID, types of grasses and how they grow, incorporating different types of livestock, and grazing planning and rationing tools.





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