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Saturday, January 19 • 9:00am - 10:30am
Creating Healthy and Productive Pastures

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How do you assess your land to change it from one state to another, and then how do you prioritize your actions? Lisa and Bruce present different experiences creating pastures from other land uses. Lisa will discuss using livestock and minimal equipment to turn some of their forest (1950’s pine plantation) back into productive pasture. With sloping land and only a 4 wheeler, they are creating pastures using: pigs, some broadcast seeding, winter feeding of dry round bales, rotational grazing, and occasional brush hogging. Bruce will talk about using a mechanized approach to convert poorly-drained cropland to pasture/hayland, and to renovate overgrown idle land. They cut or pulled brush and small trees, no-till planted perennial forages, and manage grazing and mowing to continue improving their fields.

Speakers
avatar for Bruce Howlett

Bruce Howlett

Soil Conservationist and Farmer, VT-NRCS and Bobolink Farm
Bruce was raised on a VT dairy farm and has dabbled in a variety of agricultural pursuits. Currently, with the help of a sheep flock he is trying to resurrect a derelict farm in central Vermont. He studied botany and ecology and taught environmental science before turning back to... Read More →
avatar for Lisa McCrory

Lisa McCrory

Farmer, Earthwise Farm & Forest
Lisa works as a consultant, speaker, teacher & writer, offering services in whole farm planning, enterprise analyses, and grazing management for poultry, dairy, beef, hogs, horses, small ruminants, and diversified livestock operations. She and her husband, Carl Russell, own and operate... Read More →


Saturday January 19, 2019 9:00am - 10:30am
Edgewater

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