The NOFA-NY Announces Three Upcoming Workshops

7/19/2012

        NOFA-NY is pleased to announce three upcoming on-farm field days: "Caring for the Whole Farm through Practical (and Potentially Profitable) Conservation", "Small Grains in the Rotation on a Diverse Dairy Farm", and "Small Scale Grain Production and a Cooperative Community in the North Country".
 
        "Caring for the Whole Farm through Practical Conservation" will take place on Root Down Farm in East Amherst, NY on Sunday, July 22nd from 2:00 PM-4:30 PM. During the workshop, attendees will join John Whitney, District Conservationist of the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, as well as farmers Erin and Steve Blabac to discuss opportunities for conservation that are appropriate for beginning farmers.  Through a farm tour and discussion of conservation and sustainability challenges faced by the farmers and participants, John will help us understand best practices for soil health and management and teach us to recognize and implement opportunities for wildlife and pollinator habitat maintenance.  Participants will learn about NRCS support for high tunnels, micro-irrigation, conservation tillage, transitioning to organic, and more.  The Blabacs will show their electric tractor and other measures they have taken to embed sustainability into their agricultural methods. All participants are invited to stay for an informal farmer-to-farmer networking reception and potluck following the presentation.

        During "Small Grains in the Rotation on a Diverse Dairy Farm" attendees will tour Kimvale Farm in Falconer, NY on Tuesday, July 24th from 10:00 AM-1:00 PM. Steve Kimball will show attendees the challenges presented by growing 500 acres of grain crops, milking 180 cows, running a new manure composting and separation system, and growing 20 acres of Red Fife Wheat for the food grade market. Small grains scientist Elizabeth Dyck from OGRIN will provide insight into diversifying the rotation with value-added food grade wheat.  Learn about the challenges of cultivation, harvest, storage, and the milling of grains for the dairy herd, where quality is top priority. Fresh wheat breads and butter will complement the event.

        For the "Small Scale Grain Production and a Cooperative Community in the North Country" attendees will gather for a day on Baty Farm and Stone Mills Museum in Lafargeville, NY on July 27th from 10:00 AM-2:00 PM. Tim will give a tour of his farm and a look at the unique relationship that his farm has to the Stone Mills Museum next door. Tim grows and harvests a diverse variety of small grains and will share his knowledge of small scale farm machinery and grain equipment.  He will also discuss growing grain for the historical museum that is now a cultural center for the region. A picnic and tour of the museum will follow the tour of the farm. Camping is available at the museum, so come and enjoy the day!
 
Registration: Register for these events by calling Stephanie Backer-Bertsch at NOFA-NY at 585-271-1979 x 509, or by registering online at http://www.tinyurl.com/nofanyevents. Registration is FREE for NOFA-NY members and $15/ non-members.