Farmer-To-Farmer Discussion Groups for Dairy and Livestock FarmersRandolph, Brattleboro & Irasburg Regions (NOTE: Farmers outside of Vermont are also invited! Please pass around.)
Nobody understands farming better than farmers. They are working day in and day out to address the many challenges and opportunities in cutting production costs, trying out new ideas and improving the bottom line on their farms. NOFA Vermont's Dairy and Livestock Technical Assistance Program is beginning a long-term effort to provide support for dairy and livestock farmers in forming Farmer-To-Farmer Discussion Groups in all regions of Vermont. These groups will enable conventional and organic farmers to regularly come together to share ideas and learn more about topics of interest -- herd health and nutrition, grazing and crop management, housing, nutrient management, milk quality, business planning, energy efficiency, and more. NOFA-VT's Dairy & Livestock Program farm advisors will assist the on-going work of groups -- scheduling meetings, discussion planning, locating resources and following up with participants who would like on-farm technical assistance.
Three Discussion Group meetings have been scheduled at which farmers will develop ideas for organizing groups in their region and identify topics of interest. Those who attend these meetings are not obligated to participate in future Discussion Group meetings or activities. Lunch will be provided.
MONDAY, MARCH 29, 12:30-2:30 PM. LILAC RIDGE FARM, BRATTLEBORO (Ross Thurber and Amanda Ellis-Thurber) Tele: 802-257-0985. All conventional and organic dairy farmers and non-dairy livestock farmers in Vermont and neighboring states are invited. (Directions: Exit 2 on I 91 take right on route 9 west; 1.5 miles take Greenleaf St. on left (just after 7-11 store); 1.5 miles on Greenleaf at sharp turn go straight onto Ames Hill Road. Farm is a half mile on the left.)
TUESDAY, MARCH 30, 12:30-2:30 PM. BEIDLER FAMILY FARM, RANDOLPH CENTER (Brent and Regina Beidler) Tele: 802-728-5601. All conventional and organic dairy farmers are invited. (Directions: I-89 to Exit 4. Take Rte 66 E towards Vermont Technical College. At college entrance, turn right, go several hundred yards, turn left on South Randolph Road, between church and red schoolhouse. Go 8/10 of a mile - Beidler Family Farm on your left.)
TUESDAY, APRIL 6, 12:30-2:30 PM. ROBILLARD FLATS FARM, IRASBURG (Bernie and Denise Robillard) Tele: 802-754-8498. All conventional and organic dairy farmers are invited. (Directions: farm is on Rte.58, 1 mile west of Irasburg village.)
For more information contact Sam Fuller, NOFA Vermont (firstname.lastname@example.org, 434-4122), or host farms. If you plan to attend, please let NOFA or host farms know several days in advance so that we can be sure to have enough lunches prepared.
NOFA-Vermont Dairy & Livestock Technical Assistance Team: Sam Fuller Sarah Flack Willie Gibson Dave Rogers William "Willie" Gibson
Vermont Grass Farmers' Association (VGFA) & Vermont Pasturelands Network (VPN) - Willie is a member of the VGFA Board http://www.uvm.edu/~pasture/?Page=vgfa.html