Plant ID and Soil Health Pasture Walk – Farming Events in New York
May 4, 10am to 3pm. Jerry Schlabach and John Troyer Family dairy farms, 5537 Nelson Rd., Canastota, NY
Join us as we welcome the University of Vermont Extension Agronomator and Assistant Professor, Daniel Hudson, who will lead us on a journey into the exciting aspects of plant identification, building soil and pasture management. As an added bonus, NY Organic Dairy Initiative Coordinator, Fay Benson, will feature soil monitoring tools from the mobile National Grazing Lands Coalition Soil Health Trailer. This rolling laboratory available to New York through a five-state Conservation Innovation Grant funded by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service is equipped to measure and demonstrate vital physical, chemical, and biological components of soil health in comparing pasture management plots from the 2 host farms: the Schlabach farm and the Troyer farm. A donation lunch featuring Troyer’s grass-fed beef and delectable homemade fare will be available. To reserve your place, please contact, Troy Bishopp at Madison Co. SWCD at (315) 824-9849 ext. 110 or Troy-Bishopp@verizon.net.
Beekeeping Workshop – Farming Events in New York
May 14-15, 2016. Heroic Food Farm, 28 Fish and Game Rd. Hudson, NY 12534
Learn how to get started with bees, design and assemble a bee box, and introduce bees to your farm. Also, you will have the opportunity to take field trips to local beekeeping farms! This workshop is open to veterans, veteran spouses and farm partners. Register here for one day or for the whole weekend. Registration fee is $20 per person per day, or $30 per couple – meals included.
2016 GRASSTRAVAGANZA – Farming Events in New York
August 4-6, 2016. Alfred State College, 10 Upper College Dr., Alfred, NY 14802
The conference Healthy Soils, Healthy Animals, Healthy Farms, will feature presentations by national and local grazing and soil health experts who will cover a range of topics, interactive soil health related activities, and a trade show. This year’s keynote speaker will be Dr. Fred Provenza, Professor Emeritus, Department of Wildlife and Resources, Utah State University, who is best known for his work in managing animal behavior to interact with landscapes through grazing. Other speakers will include:
· Justin Morris, NRCS Soil Health Specialist
· Matt Ehrhart, Director of Watershed Restoration at the Stroud Water Research Center, an independent research institution focused on stream and river ecology
· Dr. Hue Karreman (tentative), a “first generation” organic veterinarian, having begun using alternative treatments in 1988 as a herdsman on a Bio-Dynamic farm
For more information go to: http://www.alfredstate.edu/grasstravaganza
MANY MORE EVENTS at the Cornell Small Farms Statewide Events Calendar.