Conference

Granite State Graziers
9th annual grazing conference
Feb. 21, Concord, NH

Grazing with our feet on the ground

Practical, nuts-and-bolts information for operating a pasture-based farm in New Hamsphire's economy and climate can be hard to come by. With that in mind, Granite State Graziers has assembled a program of no-nonsense seminars that will provide you with ideas and strategies that you can put to use on your farm this year.
 
Our keynote speaker, Forrest Pritchard, is an author and farmer who operates Smith Meadow Farm in Virginia. For more than 15 years, he's been raising animals on pasture and selling in the Washington DC area through leading farmers' markets and other channels. He'll deliver our keynote address, "Growing Hope in Agriculture: a Sustainable Farming State of the Union" and lead two workshops during the breakout sessions.
 
In addition to the conference program, the annual GSG winter grazing conference provides an ideal opportunity to shake off your cabin fever, network with fellow farmers and suppliers, and get new ideas that can take your farm to the next level in 2015.
 
Join us at the beautiful McLane Audubon Center, 84 Silk Farm Road, just off exit 2 of Interstate 89 in Concord, for a day of inspiration, practical tips, and a chance to forge new friendships and renew old ones.
 
Click here to register on line. We look forward to seeing you there!

 

 
 
Registration on-line or at the door. 

Admission is $50. Add a membership to Granite State Graziers (a $25 value) and recieve a $10 discount. (Total due: $65)
Registrations after Monday, Feb. 16 will incur an additional $10 fee.
 
A heartly lunch made with local food will be served, and is included in the registration price.

Made possible with support from the Natural Resources Conservation Service and our conference sponsors.
 
Coffee, water, and snacks will be available during registration and breaks. 
 

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

8:30    check-in and coffee
9:00    welcome and introduction
    Steve Normanton and Bill Fosher, 
    Granite State Graziers
9:15    KEYNOTE ADDRESS
    "
Growing Hope in Agriculture: a Sustainable Farming State of the Union"
        Forrest Pritchard, farmer and author

10:00     break and refreshments

10:15    BREAKOUT SESSION  I
A.  The First 10 years
    Forrest Pritchard
B.   Working with livestock guardian dogs
    Bill Fosher, sheep farmer

11:15    BREAKOUT SESSION  II
A.  Understanding fencing materials and design
    David Kennard, Wellscroft Fence
B.  Selling your products to chefs
    Kristin Canty, filmmaker and restaurant owner

12:15    lunch break, discussion of GSG's programs for the upcoming year, networking, time for visiting supporters' display booths

1:30      BREAKOUT SESSION  III
 A.  Educating your customers about your products
    Kristin Canty
B.  Multispecies grazing: challenges and opportunities
    Forrest Pritchard

2:30     break and refreshments

2:45      BREAKOUT SESSION  IV
A.  Cutting meat for direct marketing
    Arion Thiboumery, Vermont Packinghouse
B.  
Of Breeders and Feeders
    Joe Emenheiser, University of Vermont Cooperative Extension.

3:45     Networking, return evaluations and name tags. Questions and answers.

4:15    Adjournment