Get your farm on all July

RICHMOND - As every farmer knows, there's more to agriculture than just throwing some seeds in the soil or cows in the barn. From soil tests to marketing plans, pasture management to food safety, there's a lot to learn and a lot to do to make a farm run smoothly.

This summer, the Richmond, Vt.-based Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFA-Vt.) will again be producing a Summer Workshop Series to help farmers, aspiring farmers, and even homesteaders and gardeners increase their knowledge and skills.

July workshops:

•Marketing Strategies for the Small Farm, July 14, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Kilpatrick Family Farm, Granville, N.Y. - no charge

•Chickens and Bees, July 17, 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Honey Dew Homestead, Williston - $10 NOFA-Vt. members, $15 non-members.

•Addressing Fertility, Forage, and Grain Production with Farmer Ingenuity, July 19, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Beidler Family Farm, Randolph Center-$10.

•Diverse Organic Berry Production, July 21, 5-7 p.m., Adam's Berry Farm, Burlington-Free for VOF-certified farmers and Vermont Vegetable and Berry Growers Association Members, $10 NOFA-Vt. members, $15 non-members

•Building Soils: Soil Testing Composting Amendments, July 28, 5-7 p.m., Dutchess Farm, Poultney-no charge

•Heirloom Wheat, July 28, 5-7 p.m., Butterworks Farm, Westfield-$10.

•Introduction to Pasture Management-Using Ruminants to Improve Pasture, July 31, 1-4 p.m., Bread and Butter Farm, Shelburne/S. Burlington-$10 NOFA-Vt. and Vermont Grass Farmers Association members, $15 non-members.

There are another 16 workshops scheduled from August through October.

For more details, directions, registration information, and more, visit www.nofavt.org or call the non-profit NOFA-Vt office at 802-434-4122.

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