Upcoming Conferences, Field Days and Workshops

The following is a listing of upcoming conferences, workshops, field days and meetings of potential interest to beginning farmers. These opportunities are available in early-mid August 2013.

NOFA Summer Conference August 9-11, 2013 * Amherst, Massachusetts "The Northeast Organic Farming Association's 39th summer conference will feature keynote speakers, more than 200 workshops, special workshops for kids and teens, and family activities. Workshops are offered in eight tracks: beginning farmer, CSA, grazing, nutrient density, organic land care, permaculture, co-ops, and season extension." Agri-Tourism and Poultry Production Tour and Consultation August 10, 2013 * Circleville, Ohio "Sponsored by OEFFA as part of the 2013 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series, and co-sponsored by Women Farm, this tour is free and open to the public. Beginning farmers and farmers new to agri-tourism or poultry production are invited to learn from the explorations, mistakes, and successes of beginning farmers Jenie and Patrick McGrath. From 11 a.m.-2 p.m. this tour will focus on the McGraths' diverse approaches to agritourism, including a family winery, bed and breakfast, and farm to table events. From 2-3 p.m. and 4-5 p.m., learn about the farm's poultry business, which has grown to weekly sales of 350 dozen eggs. At 3 p.m., participate in a one hour "Think-Do" business management group consultation." Driving and Maintaining Your Small Tractor August 11, 2013 * Fairbury, Illinois "Central Illinois Sustainable Farming Network and Spence Farm Foundation present an afternoon field day that will give you a hands-on experience with tractor safety, maintenance, and an opportunity to drive a small tractor. Build your confidence in using this tool and save yourself a pile of labor in the long run." Beginning Farmer Field Day for Livestock Producers August 14, 2013 * Northfield, Vermont "NOFA Vermont offers this six-hour workshop at Green Mountain Girls Farm. In the morning participants will go a pasture walk and discuss pasture productivity, assessment & nutrient management, and fencing strategies to promote pasture health. See Green Mountain Girls Farm's diversified livestock operation and learn about how they manage their fields with multiple species. Then, following lunch, VOF Livestock Certification Specialist Dr. Rose McDonough BVMS will provide a hands-on introduction to veterinary management skills. She'll demonstrating handling of livestock, drawing blood samples, how to administer shots, and how to determine parasites." Perennial Pasture Management: A Beginner's Perspective August 17, 2013 * Cherokee, Iowa "This Practical Farmers of Iowa afternoon field day event visits Bobolink Prairie Farm. Hear updates on Nathan Anderson's multi-year research project with PFI to track progress on pasture, grazing system and herd improvements. In addition, a beginning farmer social event will highlight interaction between experienced and beginning farmers."

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