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Pasture Walk, Springfield VT

September 13 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

At Green Heart Farm and Retreat Center

Join Grazing Specialist Kimberly Hagen and partners from the VSGA for a pasture walk to learn about how you and your sheep can manage invasive species. There will be a focus on bedstraw and other weeds in the pastures. Are they nutritious? Will my sheep die if they eat these weeds? (No!) How do I get my sheep to eat them?

CONTACT: Register with host Farmer Cynthia Berg at (802) 885-1792 or cynthia@nullgreenheartfarm.com. Or contact Kimberly Hagen with any questions about weed management and sheep at 802-656-3834 or kimberly.hagen@nulluvm.edu.

If you require a disability-related accommodation to participate in this workshop, please contact Cheryl Herrick at 802-656-5459 or cheryl.herrick@nulluvm.edu by August 23, 2017 so we may assist you.

Our farm is an historic farm established circa 1792. It has been through many iterations, (sheep, hay, unknown farming on 200 acres, cow dairy (1940’s and up) but has been basically unfarmed since the late 60’s / early 70’s as best we can get from our 85yo neighbor :-). We have been here since the fall of 2014 and already we see improvement on our fields just from grazing our Icelandic Sheep. We have reasonably diverse forage, some nicer/lusher areas than others. We have not overseeded or done any inputs to date other than grazing. We practice intensive management grazing moving our animals about every 24-36 hours. Learning more about grazing and organic inputs is on the list, just as overseeding is…but we’re 2 people farming, so it’s a long list! 😉
Our focus is on holistic animal care with a passion for learning about grasses, forage, and how it all works together.

Location: 316 Parker Hill Road, Springfield VT

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To register, call Cynthia Berg at (802) 885-1792 or email at cynberg26@nullgmail.com

Free to members; $5 for non-members

Details

Date:
September 13
Time:
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm