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September 2014

September 9th, 10:30am to 2:30pm
Crop Diversification, Hay in a Day, and Robotic Milkers and Grazing
North Hardwick Dairy in Hardwick, VT

Enjoy a pasture walk while discussing intensive grazing and how this fits in with their new robotic milker. Cost is $20. Lunch will be provided by NOFA-VT Pizza Oven. Call Susan Brouillette or Heather Darby at 802-524-6501 for any questions or go to:

September 13, 2014
Late Season Grazing School
Bread and Butter Farm, Shelburne, VT
Organized in partnership with UVM Extension and NOFA Vermont.

Pre-registration encouraged. Contact NOFA Vermont: 802-434-4122 or email Sam Fuller:

September 16, 2014
Direct Marketing Meats

During this webinar, brought to you by the Women in Ag Learning Network, presented in collaboration with the Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network, participants will hear from a meat processor and a farmer about how to increase profitability from your direct market meat sales. Presenters will talk about how to fill out a cut sheet, marketing tips for selling the whole animal and what works (and what doesn’t!) in direct marketing meats. For more info:

September 19, 10:00am to 2:00pm
Sustainability for Massachusetts dairies: Grazing, raw milk, and organic certification
Location: Sidehill Farm, 59 Forget Rd., Hawley, MA
Phone: 413-634-5728
Contact_Name: Winton Pitcoff

Description: This on-farm workshop for dairy farmers and those considering dairying in Massachusetts will include a pasture walk, tour of the farm’s dairy and yogurt-processing plant, and conversations with a range of experts in the field, including:

- Host farmers Amy Klippenstein and Paul Lacinski, who will lead the tour and talk about their grazing practices, their commitment to organic management, their yogurt business, and raw milk sales. More information about their farm can be found at

- Grazier Ridge Shinn, a pioneer in the modern grass-farming movement, who farms in Hardwick. He has written extensively on how raising livestock on grass can lead to improved human health, energy savings, and an increase in carbon sequestration, soil fertility, and biodiversity. More information about Ridge can be found at

- NRCS Agronomist Tom Akin, who will talk about federal programs available to assist farmers with grazing.

- Winton Pitcoff, Coordinator of the NOFA/Mass Raw Milk Network, who will discuss the regulatory, economic and management issues around producing and selling raw milk in Massachusetts. More information about the Network can be found at

- Don Persons from Baystate Organics, who will be on hand to discuss the process of organic transition and certification

- Representatives of organic dairy cooperatives will be available to answer questions about their contract and marketing processes.

Cost: $12 for NOFA members, $15 for non-members (includes lunch)

September 19, 2014
Maintaining Pasture Systems to Meet Your Farm Goals
Wild Geese Farm, Rushford, NY

Join Lynn Bliven of Wild Geese Farm for a tour of her integrated livestock production system. Learn about benefits of co-grazing and leader-follower systems. Aaron Santangelo, Field Crop Community Educator with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Allegany County, will lead discussion on identifying and controlling invasive and poisonous plants livestock owners should be aware of. We will discuss economics for pasture management and how to create a balanced system. Contact Stephanie, NOFA NY, at 585-271-1979 ext. 509.

September 19-21, 2014
Common Ground Country Fair
Unity, Maine

The Common Ground Country Fair is delighted to be one of the most popular destinations in Maine each fall. Annually almost 60,000 visitors enjoy the Common Ground Country Fair. For more information, or call: 207-568-4142

September 21, 2014
Washington FarmLink Networking Event
Enumclaw, Washington

Please join Washington FarmLink to meet other farmland owners and farmland seekers, and to join in conversation about farmland access and what it might take to lease your land or to find land to lease or purchase in the Enumclaw area. For more information: (206) 632-0606 or

September 25-26, 2014
14th Annual NODPA Field Days, Stonewall Farm, Keene, NH

For details, go to For info on sponsorship or trade show space, please contact NODPA event coordinator Nora Owens:, phone: 413-772-0444.

September 26, 2014
Stewardship at Seven W Farm
Paullina, Iowa

The day will begin with a farm tour and discussion of Biological Monitoring, an aspect of Holistic Management that helps farmers evaluate their land and determine whether different management is necessary. Following lunch, discussion will center around the farm’s small grain production and how this alternative to corn and soybeans fits into the farm model. For more info: email:, phone: (515)232-5661



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