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September 2017

September 6, 2017, 5 p.m.
Diverse Dairy, A MOFGA Farm Training Project workshop
Toddy Pond Farm, 174 Carver Rd, Monroe, ME 04951

In recent decades, many small dairy farms have had to ‘get big or get out’ as the rising cost of operating a small scale, pasture based dairy has grown beyond economic sustainability. In order to become profitable, many producers have gotten creative—by diversification, value-added production, and innovative marketing strategies. Toddy Pond Farm is a small, diversified, family-run dairy operation of grass-fed Jersey and Guernsey cows in Monroe. Come see how farmers Greg and Heidi Purinton-Brown have designed the business model of the farm to ensure long term economic sustainability. They produce yogurt, kefir, cheese, and ice cream, along with honey, sheep, guinea hogs, meat chickens and eggs. Learn about their marketing strategies for this diversified operation and how the different aspects of the farm complement each other. Potluck to follow. For more information, call 207-249-3344 or 207-249-8481.

September 12, 10am- 2pm
Organic Dairy Forage Management- Corn Silage & Weed Control
Phone: (802)434-4122
Contact_Name: Kyla Bedard
Location: Miller Farm- 1732 Fort Bridgman Road, Vernon, VT

Description: The Miller Farm is a 5th generation family farm that converted to organic in 2009 and is milking 170 cows. They grow a variety of crops for forage from corn to alfalfa.  This workshop will focus on organic forage production.  Join farmer Peter Miller, grazing consultant Sarah Flack and UVM Agronomist Dr. Heather Darby as we discuss the installation of their irrigation system, their organic corn silage production, as well as other forages they grow, and how the Millers are using flame weeding tools for weed control.

Cost: $20 lunch is included

September 22-24, 2017
MOFGA’s Common Ground Education Center, Unity, ME

The Fair is MOFGA’s premier event celebrating rural living. It is three full days of educational talks and demonstrations, entertainment, delicious Maine-grown organic food and products from local artisans. Want to volunteer? FMI Visit for more information.

September 27- 29, 2017
The 2017 Grassfed Exchange,
The Desmond Hotel, Albany, NY

This year’s event will feature a line-up of renowned keynote speakers, live cooking demonstrations, interactive farm tours, and two full days of seminars with exhibitors, and outdoor livestock display pens. We invite you to come network and learn from some of the industry’s most innovative producers, thought leaders, top chefs, and bloggers that have their finger on the pulse of what is driving the fastest growing segment in the beef industry. Now more than ever, as grassfed and regenerative agriculture continues to rapidly evolve, it will be crucial to stay in-tune to the latest changes and advancements that will continue to shape the future of our industry. Keynote speakers include Ray Archuleta of USDA-NRCS’s Soil Health Division, David Montgomery, author of the newly released book “Growing a Revolution: Bringing Our Soil Back to Life”, Jeremy Stanton, operator of Fire Roasted Catering, and more. Registration and more information about all the speakers is now available at

September 28 & 29, 2017
Embracing Change in Organic Dairy: 17th Annual NODPA Field Days
Truxton Community Center, Truxton, NY

The 17th Annual NODPA Field Days program will spotlight education and strategies so organic dairy farm families will be well positioned to embrace the challenges that are related to unpredictable patterns of weather, global competition, new technology and milk supply. Please see the article in this issue to read about the terrific line up of speakers and two farm tours that are planned. Sponsorship and trade show information is now available. If you haven’t received it or if you have questions about the NODPA Field Days, please contact Nora Owens,, or call 413-772-0444. More Field Days information can be found online at and in the July NODPA News.





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