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67 Merchants Row
Rutland, VT, 05701
United States

(802) 417-1528

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International holistic planned grazing rancher, Ian Mitchell-Innes coming to Vermont

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The Central New York RC&D Council and the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education PDP Holistic Planned grazing project in cooperation with the Tioga County Soil and Water Conservation District, UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture and the Endless Mountains RC&D Council are pleased to offer 2 one-day workshops with high density grazier, Ian Mitchell-Innes, who is internationally known for his ideas and practical application on how planned grazing systems make more profit and heal the land.

Ian is an HMI Certified Educator, giving talks and training in many environmentally different areas. The ranch is 6,000 hectares (15,000 acres) and the home portion has been in the family since 1863. Since leaving school, Ian has been ranching, having tried many different crops and management styles on the ranch until learning about Holistic Management. High Density, Ultra-High Density Grazing and Planned Grazing are practiced on the Ranch so as to obtain improvement in soil life, which enables livestock to have good performance with minimal inputs.

He will inspire you to change your focus to create what you want by implementing rotational grazing systems that increase the health of animals, land and soil, and improve water and land conservation efforts — ultimately leading to improved profitability in your operation. This workshop is ideal for both dairy and livestock operations, and for experienced practitioners as well as those who are new to mob grazing.

We will survey the ecology of the pastures and read the land.  You’ll be introduced to proper herd management strategies to improve ecosystem processes and animal performance and learn the importance of grazing planning and farm goal setting.

Unique to these workshops are the two host farms who have been using some of Ian’s strategies and you can see first-hand the successes and challenges.

On Monday June 10th, 2013 from 9 am to 4:30 pm, dairy and beef farmers Rich and Cynthia Larson from Larson Farm, Wells, VT will host Ian and 30 farmers.

Cost: $50 per person includes lunch provided by the NOFA pizza oven, featuring local products from the Larson Farm and others. This program has been made possible through the generous support of a SARE PDP-funded project focused on holistic planned grazing.

Contact: Jenn Colby, UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture jcolby@uvm.edu (802) 656-0858        Register online at: http://vtianmobgrazing.eventbrite.com/

On Wednesday June 12th, 2013 from 9 am to 4:30pm, Drew Lewis from Brothers Ridge Farm at 1446 Howard Hill Road in Newark Valley, NY 13811 who finishes 60 yearlings for grass fed beef annually and maintains a flock of 400 ewes for lamb production using rotational and mob grazing techniques will host Ian and 30 farmers.

The event will be limited to 30 farmers at a cost of $80 per person.  Please RSVP to Brian Reaser at 607-687-3553 or reaserb@co.tioga.ny.us .  All money will be collected at the door and must be in cash or check.

These workshops are sized for maximum participation so call to reserve your spot ASAP.