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SAVE THE DATE FOR:
NODPA’s 9th Annual Field Days And Producer Meeting
Thursday August 13 at Noon to Friday August 14th at 5:00 pm
Spring Wood Organic Farm, Kinzers, Pennsylvania

Practical Tools for Efficient Organic Dairy Farming
in these Tough Economic Times

Added June 1, 2009. NODPA Field Days will return to Roman Stoltzfoos’ family farm for the 2009 Field Days. The first Field Days was held at Spring Wood Farm on August 22, 2001 and we are returning to walk the fields again, with the always interesting commentary of Roman and his family. In 2001 Lisa McCrory summed up this bucolic paradise; “The cows were enjoying a fresh paddock of grasses and legumes, the chickens were foraging for bugs and grass near their mobile chicken house, swans were swimming lazily in the pond and 2,000 young turkeys were chirping a contented chorus that could be heard all the way to the farm house.”

We are planning an educational program that will give farmers practical ways of increasing the efficiency while decreasing expenses on their farms. James Landis, who has worked with farmers to understand the true costs of production and has worked with Doug Parker to set up efficient milking systems for farmers in 9 states, will join us for expanded workshops on increasing efficiency on dairy farms.

To kick off Field Days on Thursday afternoon, we are planning to have a panel-led workshop on the benefits of hedgerows before we head out on a pasture walk of Roman Stoltzfoos’ farm. During the pasture walk, experts on pasture management and forage management will join Roman and other speakers on hedgerow management for a fully educational afternoon.

Friday’s educational program will feature two early sessions: the first on the efficient, economical use of inputs in balancing a good ration; and the second on herd health in hard economic times ... practical, preventative care.

James Landis will then have two sessions, one on Counting the Cost to Produce One Hundred Pounds of Milk, and the other on Striving for an Efficient Dairy. We are planning to utilize Roman and Dwight Stoltzfoos’ dairy operation to view the practical application of Mr. Landis’ teachings.

There will be exceptional local and organic food for all of our meals, including a possible pig roast for NODPA’s Producer dinner.

NODPA’s Field Days are a great place to re-connect with friends and to hear what is going on in the organic dairy world. The annual producer meeting, on Thursday evening, will be an opportunity for NODPA farmer members to be updated on the previous year’s work and to set the priorities for the NODPA work in 2009 -2014.

As usual, we will have a trade show for 1 ½ days, with many opportunities for farmers to visit the trade show, network with one another, learn about trends in the industry, and meet resource people who will be on hand.

Save the date and watch the mail for a brochure; remember to check out the NODPA News and the NODPA website for further details as they develop.

If you are interested is sponsoring this event, or making a donation to support the Field Days and NODPA’s great work, please contact Nora Owens in order to be included in the 3,000 brochures that will be mailed out. If you want to be an exhibitor and promote your product at the tradeshow, contact Nora quickly before the limited space disappears. Nora can be reached by phone at 413-772-0444 or email at noraowens@comcast.net.

Major Sponsors include Horizon Organic and Organic Valley so far. Sign up quickly as a sponsor or for the trade show so we can keep the costs down for producers.