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67 Merchants Row
Rutland, VT, 05701
United States

(802) 417-1528

Rutland Area Farm and Food Link (RAFFL) promotes local food knowledge, production and market opportunities for farmers and community members throughout our region.

What's Growin' On

An online community of farmers in the Rutland region hosted by the Rutland Area Farm and Food Link

Rotational Grazing Webinar - April 8th


Rotational Grazing Basics Webinar--April 8, 2010 at 7 p.m.with Rachel Gilker and Jenn Colby, UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture coordinated by the UVM Extension New Farmer Project

Join Rachel Gilker and Jenn Colby of the UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture's Pasture Program for a practical primer on pasturing.  Jenn and Rachel will outline rotational grazing fundamentals for success, including soil testing, plant growth, grazing infrastructure, animal behavior and calculating pasture forage for your animals.  Rachel Gilker is the Pasture Program Coordinator at the UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture. She works with livestock farmers around the state to support and improve their use of grass-based farming. Jenn Colby is the Outreach Coordinator for the Pasture Program at the UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture. She coordinates the annual VT Grazing Conference, and organizes pasture-based educational activities around the state.  The goal of the UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture’s Pasture Program is to promote and enhance sustainable grass-based livestock farming through improvements in soil, water and forage quality and profitability by working with farmers and other partners to provide research, information, educational opportunities (including grazing workshops and the Vermont Grazing Conference), and technical support.

Newcomers to online learning are welcome. All you need to participate is internet access and a computer that you can hear sound through.

To participate, please go to http://tinyurl.com/GrazingBasics at about 6:45 pm Eastern time on April 8, 2010.  For more information, contact newfarmer@uvm.edu or call 802-223-2389x203. If you require accommodations to participate in this program, please let Mary Peabody know by April 5 at 802-223-2389 or 1-866-860-1382 (toll-free  in Vt.) or mary.peabody@uvm.edu so we may assist you.

If you have not participated in a webinar before, we recommend you download the necessary software for free the day before the webinar is scheduled at http://www.elluminate.com/support/index.jsp.

-- Jessie Schmidt Coordinator for Community & Agriculture Programs

UVM Extension 617 Comstock Road, Suite 5 Berlin, VT  05602-9194

Phone:  802-223-2389 extension 203 or tollfree: 866-860-1382 extension 203 Fax:    802-223-6500 E-mail: jessica.a.schmidt@uvm.edu www.uvm.edu/newfarmer