Organic Dairy Farming Series in Vermont

A series of workshops--starting next week--will be offered throughout the summer of 2014 for organic dairy farmers interested in learning how to make the most of their forages. The summer organic dairy series is a collaboration of the University of Vermont Extension Northwest Crops and Soils Program and the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFA-VT). Each event is $20 per person, which includes lunch from the NOFA-VT Pizza Oven. Interested farmers can register online at or contact Susan Brouillette ( or Heather Darby ( at (800) 639-2130 (Vermont calls only) or (802) 524-6501 to register. The website includes directions to each farm. To request a disability-related accommodation, please call Brouillette two weeks in advance of the event. Dates and locations are as follows:

July 18: Grazing, Summer Annuals, and No-Grain Organic Dairy Production; Beidler Family Farm (Brent and Regina Beidler), 8 Silloway Rd., Randolph Center; 10:30am-2:30pm.

Aug. 19: Summer Annuals, Irrigation, and Cow Health; Fournier Farm (Earl Fournier and Sons), 101 Campbell Bay Rd., Swanton, 10:30am-2:30pm.

Aug. 28: Soils, Foliar Sprays, and Nutrient-dense Forages; Butterworks Farm (Jack and Anne Lazor), 421 Trumpass Rd., Westfield; 10am-3:30pm.

Sept. 9: Crop Diversification, Hay in a Day, and Robotic Milkers and Grazing; North Hardwick Dairy (Steve and Nick Meyer), 2687 Bridgman Hill Rd., Hardwick; 10:30am-2:30pm.

For a listing of all upcoming workshops and events sponsored by the UVM Extension Northwest Crops and Soils Program, visit

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