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October 1 & 2, 2015
15th Annual NODPA Field Days
Davis Countryside Meadows, Pavilion NY
For more information, check our home page soon. If you have questions, please contact Nora Owens, NODPA Field Days Coordinator, 413-772-0444 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, October 3, 2015
Management Intensive Grazing for the Small Farm
Time: 10:00 am - 3:30 pm
Location: Earthwise Farm & Forest, 341 Macintosh Hill Rd, Randolph, VT 05060
Cost: $70 per person, 2 people for $120 - includes handout (BYO lunch)
Management Intensive Grazing, also known as ‘Rational Grazing’, is a form of grazing management that can improve pasture forage yields, improve feed quality, increase plant species diversity, improve livestock performance, build organic matter & soil nutrient levels, and increase the biological life in your soil. By taking weather, biology, ecology, livestock management, and technology (ie electric fencing, water systems) into consideration you can make your grazing system a success on your farm.
This class will provide instruction for setting up a successful grazing system on a small, diversified farm, using poultry, horses, cows, sheep, goats and/or pigs. Participants will learn how to set up a grazing system to complement their animal numbers (or anticipated animal numbers). Class content will include: Understanding the ins and outs of management intensive grazing, mapping your farm, planning for the growing season, calculating livestock feed needs (individual and group), multi-species grazing, extending the grazing season, developing a grazing plan & keeping grazing records to monitor what you do from year to year, plant identification, and more. Participants should come away with all the information that they need to set up a realistic grazing system for their farm.
About the instructor: Lisa McCrory is a grazing consultant and owns and operates Earthwise Farm & Forest with her husband, Carl Russell, in Bethel, VT. Their farm is draft-animal powered & certified organic, incorporating biodynamic and ecological practices & principles, and producing and marketing pastured poultry (eggs, meat birds, heritage turkeys), pastured pigs, beef, grass fed milk (tier 1 raw dairy farm), forest products, and about an acre of organic vegetables, herbs and flowers. Lisa has training in Holistic Management (c) and offers day long workshops on Holistic Planned Grazing through Holistic Management International’s Beginning Women Farmers Program. She speaks at conferences on topics that include: grazing basics, multi-species grazing, and advanced grazing management; calculating dry matter needs for the calendar year. You can learn more about her past experience by going here: www.earthwisefarmandforest.com/lisa-mccrory-consulting.
For more information, please contact: Lisa McCrory, Lmccrory@hughes.net,
October 9th, 2015
UNH Organic Dairy Research Facility Tour and Tuckaway Farm Field Walk
Friday, October 9th, Field Trip to UNH Organic Dairy Research Facility and Tuckaway Farm, Lee, NH 03861 Join us for a tour of the first certified organic university research dairy in the U.S. with a focus on 1) the facilities (bedded pack, milking parlor, composting facility and wood shaving mill) and 2) updates in animal science research. After the tour, we will visit Tuckaway Farm, run by Dorn Cox, for a field walk. Cost: $20 (includes lunch and dinner). Contact Sam Fuller, email@example.com, (802) 434-4122 ext. 14
October 20, 2015
PASA Field Day: Happy Animals Work for a Living II
Spring Meadows Farm, Millerton, PA, Bradford County
Andy Lyon will be our host for this full day event covering how pastured livestock can be used to improve the land. Andy will lead participants through his farm to see his pasture systems for American Buff geese and Idaho pastured pigs, as well as how he uses a hen wagon with his calves. All of his methods are a way to reduce his labor inputs, while improving pastures Andy will also demonstrate how to use oxen as working animals and participants will get a chance to test drive the team! To register, go to: