Three upcoming workshops focusing on pasture reclamation

Please note the three upcoming workshops focusing on pasture reclamation.  Each farm is working in a different landscape, has a different approach, and is at a different stage.  Please let me or Jenn Colby know if you have any questions.

We look forward to seeing you there!

First Event –  Reclaiming and Rejuvenating Your Pasture and Hay Land

  • September 25  4:00-7:00 pm
  • Hosted at Knoll Farm, 700 Bragg Hill Road, Fayston/Waitsfield, VT
  • Cost: $5 for VGFA members, $10 for non members

Many grass-based farmers struggle with balancing pasture and hay land improvements with budget, time and equipment limitations.  Join UVM Extension agronomy and grazing personnel, along with beginning and experienced farmers and landowners as we visit Knoll Far, to discuss the pros and cons of different approaches to land reclamation and building quality soils on a budget.  Knoll Farm has been focused on strategically improving their land and offers an excellent opportunity to see pasture and hay land improvement at different stages.  Sponsored by the Pasture Program at the UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture, UVM Extension and USDA Risk Management.

Register online here

Select “other payment options” to pay at the door or by check.

If you require accessibility accommodations to participate in this program, please let Jennifer Colby know (802-656-0858) by September 11 so we may assist you.

Second Event – One Year Later: Revisiting Rejuvenated and Reclaimed Land In Progress

  • October 2 4:00 to 6:30 pm
  • 4758 Chelsea Road, Corinth, VT
  • Cost $5 for VGFA members, $10 for non members

recently logged land

Like last year, many farmers are land and budget limited. Some farmers and land owners have used the opportunity to work together reclaiming land that may have been neglected or in need of clearing. Join UVM Extension agronomy and grazing personnel, along with

beginning and experienced farmers and landowners as we discuss the pros and cons of different approaches to land reclamation, creating good relationships, building quality soils on a budget, and what different management methods look like after a year. Our stops will include an area logged and reseeded in 2011 and two locations managed using sheep impact and amendments.  We will

early-stages of renovating a neglected field

visit the same farms we saw at a similar event last fall and have an opportunity to witness and discuss changes and approaches that have taken place since that time. Hosted by Tamarack Tunis and the Nolin family.

Register online here

Select “other payment options” to pay at the door or by check.

If you require accessibility accommodations to participate in this program, please let Jennifer Colby know (802-656-0858) by September 18 so we may assist you.

 

Third Event – New Farming Infrastructure From the Soil Up

  • October 11  4:00 to 6:30 p.m.
  • 1484 Tower Rd, Barnard, VT
  • $5 for VGFA members, $10 for non members

Joseph and Amy Morel are landowners and cattle graziers who are cooperating with other local farmers to provide high-quality food for their community from the soil up.  Current projects include infrastructure construction, improving soil and forage quality, and productivity, on three farms – their home farm, the Hay Farm, and the Clark Farm.  Together with partners, they have designed and are implementing a multi-year soil-improvement and farm infrastructure construction project on multiple properties.  Immediate methods include soil, forage and weight-gain monitoring, grazing management, bale-grazing,  subsoil plowing (Keyline soil development), mineral and fertilizer applications (biological and organic mixes, dry-broadcast, foliar, and subsoil-injected) and seeding, both new and into subsoil rips.  Seeding strategies include experimentation with Cocktail Cover-Cropping, a rapidly spreading innovation in soil improvement from North Dakota.  Come walk and ponder with us as we look  at the outcomes of infrastructure construction, grazing management and soil improvement work begun at the opening of the 2012 growing season.

If you require accessibility accommodations to participate in this program, please let Jennifer Colby know (802-656-0858) by September 27 so we may assist you.

Register online here

Select “other payment options” to pay at the door or by check.

 

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About Daniel Hudson

Daniel is an agronomist for University of Vermont Extension in the areas of agriculture and nutrient management.
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