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Pasture Walk at Collyer Brook Farm in Gray this Saturday

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

The Maine Grass Farmers Network (MGFN) and North Star Sheep Farm are hosting a pasture walk and fencing workshop on Saturday, July 13, 2013 beginning at 3:00 p.m., at Collyer Brook Farm in Gray, Maine.

The workshop will feature presentations by MGFN board member Ben Hartwell on fencing options, installation tips and design features for new and experienced grazers. The farm, at 17 Megquier Road in Gray, is owned and operated by Lisa and Phil Webster of Windham, Maine.

The Maine Grass Farmers Network collaborates with University of Maine Cooperative Extension, Natural Resources Conservation Service; Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association; and Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry.

For more information about MGFN or this pasture walk, or to request disability accommodations, contact Rick Kersbergen, richard.kersbergen@maine.edu or 207.342.5971. More information about North Star Sheep Farm is online.

Old Crow Ranch Site of Pasture Walk

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

University of Maine Cooperative Extension announces a pasture walk on Sunday, June 23, 2013 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Old Crow Ranch, 427 Davis Road, Durham, Maine.

Pasture improvements made possible with the Maine Grass Farmers Network’s (MGFN) no-till drill will be discussed. MGFN members may use the no-till drill, which helps soil retain moisture and reduces erosion. A demonstration of how to use the drill to improve species composition in pastures begins at 3:00 p.m. A discussion of multi-species grazing used at Old Crow Ranch will be at 4:00 p.m. For more information, or to request disability accommodations, contact Richard Kersbergen at 207.342.5971 or richard.kersbergen@maine.edu.

Steve Sinisi established Old Crow Ranch in 2008 with assistance from Land for Maine’s Future and Royal River Conservation Trust. Sixty-five of the 70 acres were placed into an agricultural easement that preserves the farmland in perpetuity; Sinisi and Seren Huus built their homestead and farm on the remaining five acres.

The Maine Grass Farmers Network collaborates with UMaine Cooperative Extension, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, and Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry.

For more information about Old Crow Ranch, visit their website.

Maine Grass Farmers Network Announces First Pasture Walk of the Season

Thursday, June 16th, 2011

cows in pastureDEXTER — The Maine Grass Farmers Network has announced its first pasture walk of the season on June 23 at 6:30 p.m. at the farm of W.R. Sherburne and Sons, Inc., 33 Town Farm Road in Dexter.

Fred Sherburne and his nephew Shawn will host for the event and will lead participants on a tour of their pasture system. The program is free.

Once a confinement dairy, the farm is now an organic dairy using pasture to meet a majority of the nutritional needs of their cows during the grazing season. Fred and Shawn will share their stories of how they transitioned to a pasture system and what changes they have seen in their fields and cows.

W.R. Sherburne and Sons, Inc. sells organic milk to Organic Valley, a cooperative that supplies milk to Stonyfield Yogurt in New Hampshire. The Sherburnes have been exploring new crops and markets, growing sunflowers for oil and meal, and participating in research with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension on bread wheat production in an effort to discover new concepts and production practices.

Participants are reminded to wear washable boots for the pasture walk, as the farm implements bio-security measures for all of its farm visits.

The Maine Grass Farmers Network works in cooperation with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the Department of Agriculture to provide education and marketing opportunities for producers of pasture-raised livestock.

For more information, and to see the schedule of future pasture walks, visit the website at umaine.edu/livestock/mgfn. UMaine Extension programs are open and accessible to all in accordance with program goals.