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Organic and Raw Dairy Workshops at Northeast Organic Farming Association Summer Conference
UMass Amherst, August 13-15, 2010

Added August 11, 2010. The 2010 NOFA Summer Conference will feature a number of workshops on organic dairy production and grazing, as well as a raw milk symposium taking place just before the conference begins. The conference draws from all over the Northeast, providing venues for dozens of exhibitors, workshops and activities for teens and children, an afternoon fair with farm animals, live music, an auction, and an ALL-LOCAL dinner. Stay on campus in the dorms or camp in a tent under the stars.

Keynote speakers are Sally Fallon Morell, of the Weston A. Price Foundation, and Catherine Murphy, documentary film director, Cuban studies expert, and sustainable food advocate.

2010 Northeast Raw Milk Symposium

Friday, August 13, 9:00 AM - 12:00 noon
Open to the public, admission $20 for NOFA members, $25 for non-members

This is opportunity for raw milk farmers, consumers and advocates to come together to learn and discuss the issues around access to unpasteurized milk, and to strategize about how to work together to defend and expand our rights. There will be opportunities for dialogue with two of the leading voices in the field of raw milk, Sally Fallon Morell and Pete Kennedy. Learn more:

Dairy Production Workshops at NOFA Summer Conference

Friday, August 13: 2:00-3:30 PM
Whole Farm Organism Dairying for the Northeast – Part One
Jack Lazor: Organic dairy farmer and owner of Butterworks Farm, grower of grain for humans & animals, & a processor of organic yogurt & Jersey cream for 35 years.

Health and wellbeing begin with mineralized, high humus soil. In this first part of a two-part workshop, we explore the relationship between good earth care and the dairy as a farm organism unto itself. Part one concentrates on soil testing, interpretation, and the addition of amendments necessary to produce healthy, mineralized forages. We will run some soil tests, so bring a soil sample if you wish.

Friday, August 13: 4:00-5:30 PM
Whole Farm Organism Dairying for the Northeast – Part Two

In this second part of this two-part workshop, we will explore dairy farm self-sufficiency; growing forages and grains in rotation for your one cow or your fifty cows. Topics for discussion will include the closed herd concept, compost and the bedded pack housing system, and on-farm milk processing.

Saturday, August 14: 8:00-9:30 AM
Grazing Basics 101
Mike Ghia: Grazing Technical Assistant with the UVM & a private farm consultant.

The basic principles of how plants grow, how to avoid overgrazing damage, what pre-grazing height to choose, how short to graze, why variable recovery periods are essential, and what the signs of overgrazing damage are, how to estimate or measure how much dry matter there is per acre, how many acres are needed, and how big the paddocks need to be. Other topics: pasture design, building lanes, fence and water systems, parasite management, and avoiding common grazing mistakes.

Saturday, August 14: 10:00-11:30 AM
Health and Homeopathy for Dairy Cows
Anne Lazor: Organic dairy farmer using a holistic approach to cow health for the last 25 years.

A brief introduction to homeopathy to familiarize those who are not familiar with this approach to health and healing. Will share experiences and insights gained from using homeopathic medicine in the care of dairy cows over the last 20 years.

Saturday, August 14: 1:00-2:30 PM
TOUR: Sidehill Farm Dairy
Amy Klippenstein & Paul Lacinski: Small-scale dairy producers, vegetable farmers, homesteaders.

Walk pastures and discuss intensive grazing, grass, manure, and fertility management, and animal health. Tour the milking facilities and discuss milking procedures, sanitation, and regulations for raw milk and processed dairy products. Tasting of raw milk and yogurt will follow. ADDRESS: 137 Beldingville Rd., Ashfield, MA 01330.

Check out their website for more details about the conference, including registration information: