Wednesday, July 10th – Woodchip Barnyard Tour https://www.eventbrite.com/e/woodchip-barnyardpad-tour-and-lessons-learned-tickets-64385206887

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at Snug Valley Farm, East Hardwick, VT

3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. at Shire Beef, Vershire, VT

Did your barnyard take a hit this spring? Looking for a cost-effective solution to keep your animals dry and cozy? Beef or Dairy cattle – woodchip heavy use areas might be a good fit for your farm. Join VGFA for a tour of two woodchip barnyards that were constructed in 2018. Hear lessons learned from each farmer after one season of use – what are they glad they did and what might they do differently. If you are considering a barnyard upgrade, don’t miss this event.

Come to both or just meet us at one. Either way you are sure to learn a lot – there will be plenty of time for questions and conversation.

Registration is appreciated, it will help us gauge the crowd size. Both visits are free events for VGFA members and sponsors, $10 for non-members.

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Tour the Woodchip Barnyard at Snug Valley Farm. Ben Nottermann will share lessons he has learned during construction and the first year of use.

Meet us at Snug Valley Farm, 824 Pumpkin Ln, East Hardwick, VT 05836

3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Tour the Wood Chip Barnyard at Shire Beef, Niko Horster will share lessons he has learned during construction and the first year of use

Meet us at Shire Beef, 646 Reed Rd, Vershire, VT 05079

Wednesday, July 17th – Reducing Labor and Costs in Intensive Pasture Poultry Management. https://vgfapoultryschool.eventbrite.com

1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at Maple Wind Farm, 1148 E. Main St., Richmond VT 05477

Are you considering growing more birds? Join Bruce Hennessey at Maple Wind Farm’s poultry facility while he shares his experience raising laying hens, meat chickens and turkeys, from a backyard flock to scaling-up egg washing to processing thousands of birds in a state-inspected on-farm facility. He will focus on the ins and outs of managing costs and labor as you grow your flock. We will also be joined by a member of Rural Vermont’s staff to answer questions about on-farm poultry processing rules.

Registration is appreciated, it will help us gauge the crowd size. The Poultry Intensive Workshop is free for VGFA members and sponsors and $10 for non-members.

Wednesday, July 31st – What’s a Wool Rug have to Do With Water Quality, Carbon Sequestration, Rotational Grazing and Good Soil Health? With Kimberly Hagen at Osprey Farm

Time: 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Location: Osprey Farm, 28 Norton Rd, North Middlesex, VT 05682