Demystifying Regenerative Grazing and Soil Health with Dr. Allen Williams

Zoom

Interest is growing in using grazing management to rebuild the health of degraded soils. The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) will host a two-part workshop in August for ag professionals, educators, and mentor farmers to provide information and hands-on training on regenerative grazing, soil health, and monitoring. NCAT soil and livestock specialists will be joined by Dr. Allen Williams of Understanding Ag, LLC to lead these workshops. Learn more at: https://bit.ly/3fOeh0C

CVFC Board of Directors September Meeting

The CVFC Board of Directors meets on the first Wednesday of each month. This month's meeting will be held at a location TBD. Members of the coalition are welcome to arrive at 10:30 a.m., and the general public is welcome to arrive at 11:00 a.m. For full details or to RSVP, contact Kirsten Workman at Kirsten.Workman@uvm.edu.

Addison County Ag Showcase

Bourdeau Brothers of Middlebury 88 Seymour Street, Middlebury

Bourdeau Brothers of Middlebury and Feed Commodities International, Inc. of Middlebury present the 12th Annual Addison County Ag Showcase. Watch crop demos, learn more about suppliers, products, and services, win door prizes, enjoy Skip's famous Barbecue Chicken for lunch, and connect with the ag community!

Sustainable Solutions for Zero Hunger by 2030: A Vision for Animal Agriculture

Zoom

Protein is a critically important part of a basic diet but how can the global animal protein sector continue to sustainably feed a growing and increasingly hungry world? That question is at the core of the Sustainable Solutions for Zero Hunger by 2030: A Vision for Animal Agriculture, scheduled virtually for 12-5 p.m. ET on September 14, 2021. Presented in partnership with Elanco and Agri-Pulse the event will bring together key leaders across the animal protein food chain from around the world to discuss the next steps of food production’s sustainable transformation, its ability to fight hunger and its durability against shocks.

Free

Landscapes that Work for All of Life: Growing Community and Climate Resilience by Regenerating the Soil Sponge

Zoom

This virtual workshop, led by Didi Pershouse, will deepen each participant’s understanding of whole-systems landscape function and effective land management, with a focus on water and the soil sponge. Biology creates a natural sponge in healthy soils and grasslands that slows and sinks water on a total landscape scale–providing resilience in times of flooding and drought. Many of our current economic, social, and climate concerns are due to a degradation of our country’s soils, in particular it’s sponge-like structure or “tilth.” In this introductory class we will consider these questions: What is the soil sponge, and how is it different from...

Free

CVFC Board of Directors October Meeting

The CVFC Board of Directors meets on the first Wednesday of each month. This month's meeting will be held at a location TBD. Members of the coalition are welcome to arrive at 10:30 a.m., and the general public is welcome to arrive at 11:00 a.m. For full details or to RSVP, contact Kirsten Workman at Kirsten.Workman@uvm.edu.

Fall Field Day at Borderview Farm

Borderview Farm 487 Line Road, Alburgh

Come learn about the latest research in small grains, cover crops, soil health, and forages. We will be touring research trials evaluating perennial grass varieties, fall forages, stockpiled forages, and a variety of cover crop trials. Roy Desrochers, UVM Sensory Expert, will also provide a fun and educational session tasting and describing local grains! We will also be having a dedication of the new E.E. Cummings Crop Testing Lab and celebrating the lives of our friends Erica Cummings, Ken Van Hazinga, and Jack Lazor. Join us to remember and celebrate their love of agriculture and our small farming community. Field Day Registration...

Free

Capital Equipment Assistance Program (CEAP) Applications Due

Financial assistance is available through VAAFM for new or innovative equipment that will aid in the reduction of surface runoff of agricultural wastes to state waters, improve water quality of state waters, reduce odors from manure application, separate phosphorus from manure, decrease greenhouse gas emissions, and reduce costs to farmers when they apply manure. Applications are due in November. Learn more at: https://agriculture.vermont.gov/ceap

CVFC Board of Directors November Meeting

The CVFC Board of Directors meets on the first Wednesday of each month. This month's meeting will be held at a location TBD. Members of the coalition are welcome to arrive at 10:30 a.m., and the general public is welcome to arrive at 11:00 a.m. For full details or to RSVP, contact Kirsten Workman at Kirsten.Workman@uvm.edu.

Info Session: VHCB Water Quality Grants

Virtual

The Vermont Housing & Conservation Board's Vermont Farm & Forest Viability Program provides grants of up to $40,000 to help Vermont farmers invest in water quality-related on-farm infrastructure. Applications are due January 21, 2022. Learn More + Apply Ahead of the deadline, VHCB will host two virtual information sessions on December 7 and January 12. Register

Submit Your Event/Grant Deadline to the CVFC Calendar

If you’re hosting an event or offering a grant related to agriculture and water quality, soil health, climate change, or the environment, you’re welcome to add it to our calendar.