Upcoming NOFA-NY Field Days

8/10/2013

NOFA-NY is hosting several field days in August on a variety of topics. The field days include Transitioning to Organic, Food Safety Intensive, Organic Grains, Modern Organic Dairy Farming, Homeopathic Herd Health, Save Your Fruits and Let's Talk Turkey. To preregister and pay, please contact the registration coordinator, Stephanie, by phone at 585-271-1979, ext. 509, by email at register@nofany.org, or shop online at http://tinyurl.com/nofanyevents. For more information and to register, go to www.nofany.org.

Transitioning to Organic at Old Ridge Farms
NOFA-NY is hosting a field day on August 14 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Old Ridge Farms in Williamson, N.Y., titled Transitioning to Organic at Old Ridge Farms. Join Old Ridge Farms and certifiers from NOFA-NY Certified Organic LLC to learn more about transitioning to organic. This interactive intensive workshop will include both a field walk where farmer Doug Mason will talk about the decision to transition to organic, how they manage their soils for high fertility, and how they deal with the challenges of organic weed control and difficult weather years. Certifiers from NOFA-NY Certified Organic LLC will be on hand to discuss how to transition your operation to organic and answer grower questions about the certification process.

Registration Fee: $10 per person and $15 per two or more people per farm
Registration Deadline: August 12, 2013

Food Safety Intensive
The Food Safety Intensive field day will take place on August 19 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Hudson Valley Lab in Highland, N.Y. Are you ready to take your farm to the next level and start selling wholesale? Have you been hearing about impending food safety regulations for farms in the news and want to learn more? Are you a small or midsized diversified crop farmer or a certified organic farmer who isn't sure if GAPs certification is for you? Join Cornell Vegetable Program's Robert Hadad for a one-day intensive training for on-farm food safety and GAPs. GAPs (Good Agricultural Practices) are a set of food safety standards required by many distributors and nonretail customers. This intensive will help fruit and vegetable producers learn about food safety risks, best practices for reducing on-farm food safety risks, and the process of becoming GAPs certified. By the end of this training, you will be ready to write the food safety plan your farm or your customers need. This session is open and applicable to all fruit and vegetable farms, and will have additional information for organic growers.

Registration Fee: $35 per person includes educational materials, lunch, and refreshments. Additional participants from the same farm are $10 per person
Registration Deadline: August 15, 2013

Organic Grains: Quality from the Mill to Market with Farmer Ground Flour
NOFA-NY will host a field day on August 20 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at Farmer Ground Flour Mill in Trumansburg, N.Y. The workshop is called Organic Grains: Quality from the Mill to Market with Farmer Ground Flour. Join Farmer Ground Flour's Greg Mol in this discussion about grain quality and marketing from the heart of the miller. Discover the experiences of sourcing and milling grains for quality and consistency and developing products that bakers and restaurants from upstate to NYC demand. Creative markets and strong business partners have proven successful and a new mill has been built on that success. Wide Awake Bakery will join in the discussion and tasting of quality breads.

Registration Fee: $10 per person and $15 per two or more people per farm
Registration Deadline: August 15, 2013

Modern Organic Dairy Farming
A field day called Modern Organic Dairy Farming will be held August 21 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Stoneyridge Dairy Farm in Bliss, N.Y. Join Ron Franklin of Stoneyridge Dairy Farm to learn more about how they have incorporated technology and sustainable management practices into their farming system. Tour the farm to see their water ram and two windmills. Attendees will learn about how managing their herd in a no-grain system with an emphasis on mob grazing has helped to make Stoneyridge more adaptable to handle increasingly extreme weather patterns. Hear how Franklin's herd is bred to meet the needs of his system without the use of Al.

Registration Fee: $10 donation request per farm
Registration Deadline: August 16, 2013

Learning from the Stokers: Homeopathic Herd Health and Smart Grain Marketing
The field day on August 23 will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Sto Ridge Farm and Stolor Organics in Cazenovia, N.Y.; it is called Learning from the Stokers: Homeopathic Herd Health and Smart Grain Marketing. Join Henry Stoker of Sto Ridge Farm and John Stoker of Stolor Organics to learn how their farm business structure supports their dairy and grain businesses. During the morning program, Henry will discuss the use of homeopathy for treating his dairy herd, provide a farm tour and answer herd health questions. The afternoon will focus on the grain operation of the business, highlighting how John provides quality grains to the dairy and how he has diversified his grain production. Robert Perry of NOFA-NY will demonstrate the OREI mobile grain cleaning unit.

Registration Fee: $10 per person and $15 per two or more people per farm
Registration Deadline: August 21, 2013

Save Your Fruits! Organic Control for SWD
NOFA-NY is hosting a field day called Save Your Fruits! on August 26 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Westwind Orchard in Accord, N.Y. Spotted wing drosophila (or SWD) is a new invasive pest threatening New York berry crops. Join NOFA at Westwind Orchard to learn about organic management strategies for SWD, including cultural practices and organic pesticide options. There will be a display of netted raspberries and CCE educators and entomologist from the Hudson Valley Lab on hand to talk about results of trials of organic products for SWD control.
 
Registration Fee: $10 per person and $15 per two or more people per farm
Registration Deadline: August 22, 2013

Let's Talk Turkey
The Let's Talk Turkey field day will take place on August 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Roo Haven Farm in Forestville, N.Y. Turkeys can be fun and profitable to raise and provide lots of added benefits to farms. They are also a rewarding experience for homesteaders interested in raising their own meat. Join Margaret Bruegel and Gary Pfahl at Roo Haven Farm as they share information on their experiences raising, butchering and selling heritage Narragansett turkeys and Broad Breasted turkeys.
 
Registration Fee: $10 per person and $15 per two or more people per farm
Registration Deadline: August 22, 2013