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August 2017

Saturday, August 5, 2017 at 3:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Celebrating Common Ground: Discovering Weeds, Soil Health, and Diversity, Groundswell Incubator Farm, 100 Rachel Carson Way, Ithaca, NY 14850 (Tompkins County)

Groundswell Incubator Farm hosts a fascinating cultural exchange of soil and science, weeds, and words at this field day. Learn from Cornell Research Technician Sandra Wayman and Fay Benson, Cornell Cooperative Extension Small Farms Program with their Soil Health Mobile Trailer and incubator farmers. This day provides a unique opportunity for hands-on learning about breaking through cultural and language barriers. This event is produced by NOFA-NY and Groundswell with support from the USDA-Risk Management Agency. Groundswell is located at 100 Rachel Carson Way, Ithaca, NY 14850 (Tompkins County).

August 11-13, 2017
Cultivating the Organic Grassroots Movement: the 2017 NOFA Summer Conference
Hampshire College, Amherst, MA

The Northeast Organic Farming Association’s Summer Conference is the community learning hub of the NOFA universe. We learn, we play, and we enjoy a weekend of skill building, inspiration and entertainment. It is our opportunity to get together and inspire one another during a family friendly weekend with people living the same lifestyle, holding the same vision and working respectively in many ways toward the same goals.

Friday’s Keynote Michael Phillips is an Organic Orchardist known across the country for helping people grow healthy fruit. The “community orchard movement” that he helped found provides a full immersion into the holistic approach to orcharding. His Lost Nation Orchard is part of a medicinal herb farm in northern New Hampshire.

Saturday’s Keynote Speaker is Dr. Don Huber, Professor Emeritus of Plant Pathology at Purdue University, who for 55 years has focused on the epidemiology and control of soil borne plant pathogens with emphasis on microbial ecology, cultural and biological controls, nutrient-disease interactions, pesticide-disease interactions, physiology of host-parasite relationships and techniques for rapid microbial identification. He has focused his work on the effects of Glyphosate (the main ingredient in Monsanto’s Round Up) on biological systems in soil and humans alike.

August 15, 2017
U of MN Organic Dairy Day

Mark your calendars for the U of MN Organic Dairy Day, held at the West Central Research and Outreach Center (WCROC), Morris. With nearly 125 head of organic dairy cattle, the WCROC looks at everything from fly control and herd health to pasture and forages for today's organic dairy farmers. Organic Dairy Day offers producers the opportunity to network with others, and figure out what might work best for their individual farms. Admission is free; pre-registration requested.


Organic Dairy Research Update with Brad Heins, Associate Professor of Dairy Science, U of MN WCROC. Showcasing the latest advancements in organic dairy research at the WCROC.

Economics of Organic Dairying with Larry Tranel, Extension Dairy Specialist with Iowa State University.

Guided Tours

  • Pasture walk: featuring Kernza
  • Organic silage variety trials
  • Calf feeding options for organic dairies


Pre-register by contacting Brad Heins at 320-589-1711 ext. 2118 or by email

Registration begins at 10 am; Organic Dairy Day will conclude at 2 pm

Lunch provided by Organic Valley

West Central Research and Outreach Center
46352 State Hwy 329 Morris, MN 56267
Directions to the WCROC

Aug 15, 2017 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Philo Ridge Pasture Walk & Field Day with Jim Gerrish
Philo Ridge Farm, Charlotte, VT
COST: $30 for VGFA members, $40 for non-members (includes lunch)

We will share grazing research (cover crops for soil health and animal performance; forage production and quality of semi-shaded forages, heat stress and animal behavior) and there will be a soil health demonstration (Cornell Coop Extension educator Fay Benson will bring the “soil health trailer” and other nice tools to demonstrate soil health, water infiltration and runoff of different crops, included well-managed pastures), and there will be a pasture walk with Jim Gerrish. Registration is at, or contact Juan Alvez at with any questions.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017 and Thursday, August 17, 2017
Youth Veterinarian Camp at Erie County Fair
5600 McKinley Pkwy, Hamburg, NY 14075

This summer, youth will have the opportunity to work first hand with veterinarians and animals during the Erie County Fair’s inaugural Vet Camp. The half-day agricultural experience will be geared for children 11-14 years of age and will focus on three specific areas of learning: Pet Wellness & First Aid, Farm Animal Health, and Equine Handling. The program is limited to two sessions that will accommodate 30 children each. Registration is now open and will be available on a first come first serve basis. The cost for participation is $10 per child. Each participant will receive a Vet Camp t-shirt, lunch and will take home a vet supplies goodie bag. Questions may be directed to the Fair’s Agriculture Education Office at (716)649-3900 ext. 6499 or by emailing Education Coordinator Amber Klein at

Thursday, August 17, 2017 at 6:00pm to 8:30pm
Starting with Heifers: Growing into an Organic Dairy
Vision-Hope Dairy, 46 Springbrook Road, Pulaski, NY 13142 (Oswego County)

Many farmers are looking at alternative ways to transition in organic dairying. Tom Bonofski of Vision-Hope Dairy is planning to return to dairy production by transitioning heifers and rebuilding milking facilities to be strategically placed when the organic market opens back up in the future. Participants in this field day will join a farm tour, hear alternative ideas from season inspector and Dairy Transitions Project leader Robert Perry, and learn about Tom’s strategy based on a slow systems approach, without expecting transition incentives. This event is produced by NOFA-NY with support from the New York Farm Viability Institute. Contact NOFA-NY, (585) 271-1979, for more information.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017 at 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Rotational Dairy Grazing
Echo-Valley Farm, 492 Marshville Road, Canajoharie, NY 13317 (Montgomery County)

Organic Valley and NOFA-NY join together to invite participants to learn about the multi-species rotational grazing system. In this FREE field day, Echo-Valley Farm’s Aaron Fisher shares his knowledge on balancing forages for both his milk cow herd and his sheep. He will share his experiences in intensive grazing on his 30-cow dairy. Organic Valley Agronomist Mark Kopecky will speak on balancing soils in a grazing rotation. Also discussed will be soil health as it pertains to both field crop production and pasture management. This event is produced by NOFA-NY with support from Organic Valley Cropp Cooperative. Contact NOFA-NY, (585) 271-1979, for more information.

August 30, 10am-2pm
Pasture Management- Recovery After a Drought
Phone: (802)434-4122
Contact_Name: Kyla Bedard
Location: Beidler Family Farm- 821 South Randolph Road, Randolph Ctr, VT

Description: 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.

Cost: $20, lunch is included

Monday, August 31, 2017 at 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Building an Organic Dairy from the Soil Up
955 Parker St., Marathon, NY 13803 (Cortland County).

In this FREE field day, participants will learn about assessing soil health, developing a farm design and building their own dairy. Jim and Anne Phillips of Triple 3 Livestock will share their farm story and provide a tour of their new facilities. Mark Kopecky, Organic Valley Agronomist, will discuss soil health as it pertains to crop production and pasture management. Fay Benson, Cornell University SCNY Regional Team, will bring the Soil Health Trailer to demonstrate variations in soil types and management systems. Fay will also share his knowledge of crop insurance options available in New York State. This event is produced by NOFA-NY with support from Organic Valley Cropp Cooperative and the USDA-Risk Management Agency. For more information, contact Fay Benson, 607-745-3807, or







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