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Saturday, January 19 • 10:45am - 12:00pm
Insulation, Soil Conditioner, Garden Mats and More From Small Ruminant Grazers

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Adding value to as many raw products an animal produces often means more financial return for the producer for nearly the same effort. Sheep are important part of the grazing landscape here, but mainly for the meat, and some milk. Their fiber is often discarded, or sold for very low prices. What’s the potential for utilizing the wool from sheep for value-added products? With funding provided from a USDA Value-Added Producer Grant, Kimberly Hagen and Suzy Hodgson worked with Open View Farm in New Haven to explore the feasibility of developing and manufacturing such products. They will report on what they found out.

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Kimberly Hagen

Grazing Specialist, UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture
Kimberly joined the Center for Sustainable Agriculture in February 2012 to provide technical assistance and support for grass-based farms – for those already immersed in the practices, those planning to transition, and everything in between. Kimberly spent several years working... Read More →
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Suzy Hodgson

Sustainable Agriculture Outreach Specialist, UVM Extension Center for Sustainable Agriculture
Suzy joined the Center in 2013 to coordinate local food projects. She has a small family farm in Charlotte where she raises chickens, sheep, dairy goats, and the occasional pig or two, and was a founder of the online market YourFarmstand.com. She chairs her town's Energy Committee... Read More →


Saturday January 19, 2019 10:45am - 12:00pm
Lakeside West

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