RAFFL’s Summer Workshop Series Announced – Mark your Calendars!

This summer, RAFFL is again teaming up with NOFA-VT to bring you six on-farm workshops on topics and skills important to farm success.  Workshops are will be relevant and engaging for any commercial grower – from apprentices and folks just starting up to established farmers.

Workshops Include:

  • Livestock Fencing and Pasture Walk, 6/29/11
  • On-farm Poultry Slaughter, 7/13/11
  • Basic Cover Crop Strategies for Soil Health and Seed Production & NOFAvore Social, 7/27/11
  • Introduction to Starting a Commercial Goat Dairy, 8/6/11
  • Worry-Less Winter Production (including a potluck picnic), 8/22/11
  • Equipment and tools for small scale vegetable production, 9/7/11

Full Workshop Descriptions are below, and on RAFFL’s website.

Livestock Fencing and Pasture Walk, Wednesday June 29, 6 – 8pm
Maple Tree Farm, Pawlet VT, $10 Workshop Fee

Join farm owners Gretchen and Colin Stabile, and Willie Gibson, a NOFA-VT dairy and livestock advisor for a pasture walk and discussion of livestock fencing options.  Gretchen and Colin raise naturally certified Black Angus beef and naturally raised pork on their farm in Pawlet.

Directions to 916 Herrick Brook Rd. Pawlet:  From Route 30, turn onto Route 133 North in the center of Pawlet Village (Left turn from the North, Right turn from the South).  Take your first right onto Herrick Brook Road.  Farm will be 1 mile down on your right.  Look for signs and follow the farm road out to the back pastures.

On-farm Poultry Slaughter, Wednesday, July 13, 6 – 8pm
Boardman Hill Farm, West Rutland, $10 Workshop Fee

Join Greg Cox, owner of Boardman Hill Farm, for an overview of their poultry operation, a discussion of Vermont poultry regulations and a step-by-step slaughtering demonstration.  Boardman Hill Farm is a 10 acre, certified organic farm, growing bedding plants, vegetable starts and hanging baskets in spring, fruits and vegetables in the summer and pork, chickens and turkey throughout the year.

Directions to 1030 Boardman Hill Road, West Rutland:  Take Route 4 west from Rutland.  Take exit 6 towards VT-4/VT-3/Proctor/West Rutland.  Take Left at the end of the exit ramp.  This road becomes Boardman Hill Road after passing under the highway.  Take Boardman Hill Road up the hill for about a mile.  Farm is on the right, look for the sign.  Parking:  Park in loop in front of the first greenhouses you reach on the left.  After parking, follow the driveway toward the house.  The workshop will take place at the barn.

Basic Cover Crop Strategies for Soil Health and Seed Production & NOFAvore Social, Wednesday, July 27th 4pm – 6pm
Clear Brook Farm, Shaftsbury, FREE
Pre-registration requested to attend the NOFAvore social (call 802-434-4122).

In this workshop Andrew Knafel will discuss the successes and failures of various cover crops he has utilized over the years. The workshop will cover crop timing, selection and planting methods. Andrew will also touch on growing rye seed and how easy it is to produce. Clear Brook Farm grows on about 50 acres of land a mixture of small fruits, mixed veggies, oil seed and grain crops.  We’ll use freshly harvested vegetables from the farm to top pizzas at the NOFAvore social starting at 6pm.  This workshop is funded by the Specialty Crop Block Grant.

Directions to 47 Hidden Valley Road, Shaftsbury, VT:  Clear Brook Farm is located on the corner of Rt. 7A and Hidden Valley Rd. in Shaftsbury. If coming from the north on Rt 7, get off at exit 3 (the Arlington exit) and follow 2 Mile Access Road to 7A. Head south on 7A about 4-5 miles. Clear Brook Farm  is on the east side of 7A across from the “Chocolate Barn”. If coming from the south out of Bennington take Rt 7 get off at the exit 2 (the Shaftsbury exit). Head north on 7A for about 4-5 miles.  Farm is on the east side of 7A 1/4 mile past the Serenity One Motel.  Park on the grass across from the farm stand parking lot.

Intro to Starting a Commercial Goat Dairy, August 6, 2011   9:30am – 3:00pm
Consider Bardwell Farm, West Pawlet
$25 for NOFA-VT members and VSGA members; $40 for non-members.
Pre-registration is required to attend this workshop (call 802-434-4122).

This workshop will offer the basics for starting a goat dairy. Former Vermont Small Ruminant Dairy specialist, Carol Delaney will present how to create the foundation and set goals for working with dairy goats. Selecting goats, costs, housing, feeding, milking, and marketing will be covered including the decision for selling fluid milk or making cheese. A tour of a commercial farm and lunch with the farmer will offer a time to experience a real situation and to get any questions answered. Please bring clean, washable footwear.  Plastic booties will be provided. 300-acre Consider Bardwell Farm was the first cheese-making co-op in Vermont, founded in 1864. A century later, Angela Miller (among others) is revitalizing the tradition with goat milk from a herd of 100 Oberhaslis.  Lunch included.  Co-sponsored by the Vermont Sheep and Goat Association (VSGA).

Directions to 1333 Vermont 153, West Pawlet, VT:  From Route 30, turn west onto Route 153 (right hand turn from the north, left if you are coming from the south).  Travel 3.5 miles, farm will be on your right.

Worry-Less Winter Production, Monday, August 22nd 1:30 – 6:00 pm (including a potluck picnic)
Kilpatrick Family Farm, Middle Granville, NY
FREE for NOFA-NY & NOFA-VT Members/$15 All Others
Pre-registration is required to attend this workshop, (585)271-1979 ext 512

As consumers grow increasingly aware of the CSA model and the “buy-local” philosophy, many farms are eager to meet the demand for year-round fresh, local, premium produce.  At our winter-production and storage workshop, novice winter-producers will learn the different growing, harvesting and storage requirements of a wide range of specialty and common storage crops through a guided field and storage-structure tour.  Participants will learn how our hosts scaled up their operation to include winter storage, and how they manage to produce greens 52 weeks out of the year with season extension, overwintering, high and low tunnels.  The workshop will include a discussion of high tunnel construction considerations and the financial impact of winter crops, including marketing strategies, marketing outlets, profits and expenses.

Kilpatrick Family Farm is a four-season, mixed Farmers’ Market and CSA operation that was started in 2003 by brothers Philip and Michael Kilpatrick. Michael now farms over 12 acres of field crops and 1/3rd of an acre of tunnels with a great crew. Over the years the farm has focused on winter growing and season extension which has allowed it to produce for 2 weekly winter/ 4 summer farmers’ markets and over 100 winter/200 summer CSA members.

Directions to 9778 St. Rt. 22, Middle Granville, NY:  We’re on St. Rt. 22 one mile north of its junction with 22a. Look for us on the right, you’ll see our greenhouses first (at the top of the hill) and then our large black mailbox (says Kilpatrick Family Farm – 9778).  Parking:  After turning into the farm, take the first driveway on the right – park wherever possible.

Equipment and tools for small scale vegetable production, Wednesday, September 7, 6 – 8 pm
Foggy Meadow Farm, Benson, FREE

Learn from experienced farmer Paul Horton in this workshop focused on equipment and tools for the small scale vegetable farm.  Foggy Meadow Farm is located in Benson, where Paul Horton and Sally Beckwith produce a wide selectiion of mixed vegetables on four acres. The farm business is in its sixth season and has been successful,in part, due to the use of many essential pieces of equipment and tools. A propagation house for seedlings starts the vegetable production system, an extensive irrigation system helps young plants along and assures germination for directly seeded crops, and several tractors are used for tillage and cultivation. In addition, the farmers use a wide array of hand tools for many purposes.

Directions to 2494 Lake Road:  From Route 22A, turn west onto Lake Road (Left turn from the South, Right turn from the north).  The farm will be 2.5 miles down Lake Road on the left.  Park along the driveway.


5 thoughts on “RAFFL’s Summer Workshop Series Announced – Mark your Calendars!

  1. Exciting. We will be sure to take a look at the offerings and register for whatever we can! Thanks India for always helping us stay cutting edge!

  2. Glad you’re all excited about the workshop line up. There were other great topics that we couldn’t fit into the summer series that we will address through our winter Growers’ Discussions…look for discussions focusing on “Record keeping and systems (farm, financial, time management)”, “How USDA conservation programs can benefit your farm”, “Greenhouse Tomato Production”, and “Evaluating farmland to lease or buy” this winter!

  3. Pingback: Livestock Fencing Workshop is tomorrow – June 29 « What's Growin' On

  4. Pingback: Learning from other Farmers: Summer Workshops, Farm Tours & Pasture Walks | UVM Extension New Farmer Project

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