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September 2016

September 15, 2016
10:00 to 11:30 a.m. Pacific Time
Organic Dairy Healthcare Webinar

Join the CCOF Foundation on September 15 for a webinar on healthcare practices for organic dairy farms. Learn the basics of healthcare management for organic dairy herds, including both preventive health measures and methods allowed in organic production to treat sick animals. This webinar is ideal for those interested in transitioning to organic or current organic dairy producers looking to improve their healthcare practices. Dr. Guy Jodarski, supervising veterinarian for Organic Valley, will share his expertise gained from working as a veterinarian for nearly 30 years. Then, hear the practitioners’ perspective on organic herd health from CCOF-certified dairy farmer Shane Radelfinger. Time will be reserved for questions from webinar participants.

$20.00 fee.

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September 15, 2016
Organic Dairy: Infrastructure and Pasture Management
Deberville Dairy, 73 Fairgrounds Rd., Washington, VT
12:30 - 2:30pm, $10 for farmers / $20 for all others

This workshop will look at Deberville Dairy’s infrastructure including an Iowa low cost/high efficiency milking parlor, bedded pack barn, calf group housing and bird feeders. This workshop will also discuss their 100% grass feeding system including pasture management, use of mineral and apple cider vinegar, and their strategies for increasing butterfat.

More information and registration is available at Or contact Rachel at

September 22, 2016
Continuing the Organic Tradition with the Second Generation
The Hardy Farm, 718 Aney Hill Rd, Mohawk, NY
1 - 4pm, $15/person or $25 for two or more people/farm

Join NOFA-NY at the Hardy Farm to learn more about running a diverse dairy operation including hogs, poultry, beef and dairy. See Aaron and Sarah Hardy’s new beef facilities and learn how to manage your livestock organically. Aaron and Dave Hardy will share their story of building a family business that supports generational transfer. Hear how the Hardy family has worked to create a shared management system that focuses on building knowledge and profitability and learn more about NOFA-NY’s Beginning Farmer Project and the On-Farm Skills Development Guide.

See more information at, register at or call 585-271-1979.

September 23-25, 2016, 9am - 5pm each day
MOFGA’s Common Ground Country Fair, Unity, Maine
Free with MOFGA membership, or $10 in advance for adults, $8 for elders, kids 12 and under are free.

If you’ve ever been to the Fair, you know – and if you haven’t been, anyone who has will tell you – it’s an event like no other, that brings together so many people from so many walks of life, all in the spirit of celebrating the rural and agricultural traditions of Maine.

More information is at

September 29 & 30, 2016
16th Annual NODPA Field Days
Chambersburg Mennonite Church, 1800 Philadelphia Avenue, Chambersburg, PA

SAVE THE DATE for the 16th Annual NODPA Field Days. John Kempf, an internationally recognized lecturer on the topic of biological agriculture and plant immunity who founded Advancing Eco Agriculture (AEA) in 2008, will be the keynote speaker. Although John has spoken at many national and regional conferences and seminars, including at the United Nations, he remains a part of the Amish community in Northeast Ohio in which he was raised. The farm tour will be at Cliff and Maggie Hawbaker’s farms, Hamilton Heights Dairy Farm and Emerald Valley Farm in South Central Pennsylvania’s Franklin County. More information on the program will follow in the July NODPA News and online at field days overview. Trade show and sponsorship information will be in the mail this month.

If you have questions, call Nora Owens, NODPA Field Days Coordinator at 413-772-0444 or email her:



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