NOFA Vermont On-Farm Workshop Series

June to September 2017

Individual Membership
$40.00
$43.77 with fees
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Family Membership
$55.00
$59.70 with fees
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Farm Membership
$65.00
$70.32 with fees
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Business & Organization Partner Membership
$100.00
$107.49 with fees
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Low Income/Student/Senior Membership
$25.00
$27.84 with fees
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Are you interested in controlling pests organically?  Growing root crops more efficiently? Exploring the world of permaculture design? At a Pizza Social, you can visit a beautiful farm, meet new people, and enjoy wood-fired pizza with toppings sourced from that farm. Our On-farm Workshops and Pizza Socials are happening all over the state - please join us!

Dates & locations are subject to change. For up-to-date information call (802) 434-4122. NOFA-VT is an equal opportunity provider.

Organic Dairy Transition: Developing a Grazing System

Mon, Jul 31 from 10am - 2pm

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Molly Brook Farm began their transition to organic in January of this year. The past two years Rhonda and Miles Goodrich have been building and developing their grazing system; as part of this they had to seed and convert their corn fields to pasture. In this workshop, we will tour their pastures with grazing consultant Sarah Flack and UVM Agronomist Dr. Heather Darby; discussing the organic transition process and challenges that have arisen and how they developed a grazing system through new seeding of corn fields.  Lunch is provided, and will be prepared in NOFA-VT’s mobile wood-fired pizza oven.  After lunch, service providers will be available to answer any questions you have about transitioning and organic dairy production.

3rd Annual Farmer Olympics Pizza Social

Wed, Aug 2 from 5:30pm - 7:30pm

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Farmers and farm crews! Use those agricultural talents to go for the gold at this mid-season extravaganza competition. Individual farm teams will show off their finely-honed skills in events ranging from physical to cerebral to plain ridiculous. Unwind, celebrate the season, and kick back before that heavy fall workload begins. May the best farm win. Dinner and treats will be provided for all hard working farmers. If you're joining as a spectator please RSVP. 

Pre-register your team here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc-RveWyHfSMQuzV-Oxe_eT3Alw08cxzXmTFwveNe1tVzwKqw/viewform?usp=sf_link
 

Produce Safety: Best Practices from Field to Consumer

Mon, Aug 7 from 3pm - 6pm

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With the passing of FSMA (Food Safety Modernization Act) there has been concern from growers about compliance, regulations and if they qualify. This workshop is focused towards small to medium size growers and will demystify FSMA, focusing on produce safety planning. We will tour through the farm’s SOPs (Standard Operating Procedures) for practices from field to packing area bringing their CAPS (Community Accreditation for Produce Safety) plan to life.

Topics covered will include: recording compost & soil amendments, employee training, selecting harvest containers, cleaning the containers, pack shed design,  produce-washing set ups, wash water testing & changing protocols, labeling of produce containers to customers, cold storage cleaning, recordkeeping & traceability.  

Farm Smarter Not Harder- Harvest Efficiency for Carrot & Beet Crops

Wed, Aug 9 from 3pm - 6pm

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Learn about the work that NOFA-VT is doing on cost of production for vegetable growers. While this workshop will focus on harvest efficiency of carrot and beet crops, we will also discuss step by step methods for determining cost of production for any crop, so growers can focus on their most lucrative crops and make improvements to increase profitability.  We’ll tour Jericho Settlers Farm with consultant Richard Wiswall, taking a look at the equipment they use and how they maximize efficiency harvesting these root crops. Learn tricks and techniques to improve yield before the root crop harvest kicks into gear!

Pizza Social at Wild Carrot Farm

Thu, Aug 10 from 5:30pm - 7:30pm

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Join us for farm-fresh pizza and a celebration of Wild Carrot Farm!

Wild Carrot Farm is a horse powered, diversified farm growing vegetables, flowers & mushrooms and raises pigs, chickens & turkeys, offering Community Supported Agriculture shares. Come and enjoy dinner baked in NOFA-VT's wood-fired pizza oven, followed by a farm tour. 

Pizza Social at Health Hero Farm

Thu, Aug 17 from 5:30pm - 7:30pm

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Join us for farm-fresh pizza and a celebration of Health Hero Farm!

Health Hero Farm raises 100% grass fed beef and pastured eggs, all available at their farmstand. Come and enjoy dinner baked in NOFA-VT's wood-fired pizza oven, followed by a farm tour.

Produce Safety: Best Practices from Field to Consumer

Wed, Aug 23 from 3pm - 6pm

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With the passing of FSMA (Food Safety Modernization Act) there has been concern from growers about compliance, regulations and if they qualify. This workshop is focused towards small to medium size growers and will demystify FSMA, focusing on produce safety planning. We will tour through the farm’s SOPs (Standard Operating Procedures) for practices from field to packing area bringing their CAPS (Community Accreditation for Produce Safety) plan to life.

Topics covered will include: recording compost & soil amendments, employee training, selecting harvest containers, cleaning the containers, pack shed design,  produce-washing set ups, wash water testing & changing protocols, labeling of produce containers to customers, cold storage cleaning, recordkeeping & traceability.  

Pizza Social at Sunrise Farm

Thu, Aug 24 from 5:30pm - 7:30pm

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Join us for farm-fresh pizza and a celebration of Sunrise Farm!

Sunrise Farm is a diversified farm producing vegetables, lamb, chicken, eggs, maple syrup & honey and offer a Community Supported Agriculture share. Come and enjoy dinner baked in NOFA-VT's wood-fired pizza oven, followed by a farm tour. 

Soil Health for Profitability and Resilience

Fri, Aug 25 from 10:30am - 1:30pm

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Soil organic matter increases resilience of soils and cropping systems against the impacts of climatic variability and extreme events. Richard Hall, owner of Fairmont Dairy, has seen this over the years trying different corn silage and haylage cropping systems such as reduced till, no-till, crop rotations and cover crop on over 300 acres and will share with us his experiences and the effects on his production and management. Charlotte Rosendahl, Agronomist & Director of Sterling Colleges Center for Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems, will discuss the science of soil organic matter. Josh Faulkner, UVM Farming & Climate Change Coordinator, will address the impacts of climate change on Vermont agriculture and how increased soil organic matter can be a strategy for resilience, profitability and will demonstrate this using the rain fall simulator.

Hosted by the Orleans County Conservation District

Permaculture Design for Your Yard, Homestead & Farm

Sat, Aug 26 from 9am - 3pm

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Join Keith Morris of Prospect Rock Permaculture for a hands-on exploration of whole-system ecological design. In this workshop, Keith will provide a design process that you can apply to your own site regardless of size that includes the importance of perennial tree crops and climate resilience. We’ll explore a variety of ‘new’, experimental, and lost, traditional plants; DIY and debt-free infrastructure improvements and potential ‘micro-enterprises’ for the garden or homestead.  To see a variety of design scale, we’ll begin at Prospect Rock Permaculture's downtown homestead and apothecary, and then travel down the street to Willow Crossing Farm- Vermont's longest running permaculture research and education site. Lunch will be included and prepared in Keith’s onsite pizza oven.

Pasture Management- Recovery After a Drought

Wed, Aug 30 from 10am - 2pm

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Regina and Brent Beidler have been operating their 145 acre farm in Randolph Center since 1998, in 2000 they became certified organic and have been grass-fed for about 12 years.  Join Brent Beidler, grazing consultant Sarah Flack and UVM Agronomist Dr. Heather Darby as we tour their fields and take a look at the Beidler’s irrigation system, their seed trials of corn, spelt and summer annuals and discuss general grass-fed pasture management and the adaptations they’ve had to make with drought. Lunch is provided, and will be prepared in NOFA-VT’s mobile wood-fired pizza oven.

Pizza Social at Blackwell Roots

Thu, Aug 31 from 5:30pm - 7:30pm

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Join us for farm-fresh pizza and a celebration of Blackwell Roots Farm!

Blackwell Roots Farm is a certified organic vegetable farm that makes raw sauerkraut, kimchi & ginger carrots. Come and enjoy dinner baked in NOFA-VT's wood-fired pizza oven, followed by a farm tour.

Organic Dairy Forage Management - Corn Silage & Weed Control

Tue, Sep 12 from 10am - 2pm

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The Miller Farm is a 5th generation family farm that converted to organic in 2009 and is milking 170 cows. They grow a variety of crops for forage from corn to alfalfa.  This workshop will focus on organic forage production.  Join farmer Peter Miller, grazing consultant Sarah Flack and UVM Agronomist Dr. Heather Darby as we discuss the installation of their irrigation system, their organic corn silage production, as well as other forages they grow, and how the Millers are using flame weeding tools for weed control. Lunch is provided, and will be prepared in NOFA-VT’s mobile wood-fired pizza oven.

Pizza Social at Mighty Food Farm

Wed, Sep 13 from 5pm - 7pm

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Join us for farm-fresh pizza and a celebration of Mighty Food Farm and their new home!

Mighty Food Farm is a certified organic farm growing vegetables, strawberries, and bedding plants, offering a Community Supported Agriculture share. Come and enjoy dinner baked in NOFA-VT's wood-fired pizza oven, followed by a farm tour.

Pizza Social & Hoe Down with Farmer Veteran Coalition of Vermont

Sat, Sep 23 from 11am - 3pm

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Join us and the Farmer Veteran Coalition of Vermont for farm-fresh pizza and a hoe down in celebration of Wild Roots Farm!

Wild Roots Farm is a community based project that utilizes regenerative practices to develop resilient food systems and healthy soil. Come and enjoy lunch baked in NOFA-VT's wood-fired pizza oven & live music from 12-2pm, followed by a farm tour.