NODPA’s 9th Annual Field Days: WRAP-UP
Added September 14, 2009. After 8 years the Annual NODPA Field Days returned to the Stoltzfoos’ family farm, Spring Wood Organic Farm in beautiful Lancaster County, PA with a full educational program under the theme “Practical and Efficient Organic Dairy Farming Practices in Hard Economic Times.” The main event was held in a large tent that the Stoltzfoos family had already used for their wedding and family reunion. That tent was situated next to a pond with a beautiful pair of swans who sometimes offered their own commentary on the proceedings.
A Field Days hosted on a producer’s farm can be a strain for the family, but Lucy, Roman and Dwight made everyone welcome, and we were able to relax and listen to useful information, enjoy the civilized discourse on practical production information, reconnect with friends, make new acquaintances, and walk through productive pastures.
We lucked out this year with the weather that, while hot and humid, was blessed with enough breeze to be comfortable. Attendance was good on Thursday and even better on Friday with over 140 individuals who appreciated the workshop sessions and the tour of the farm that concluded the day.
For more on what took place at the Field Days, browse through the articles and resources listed below: