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

Grazing with our feet on the ground

Is in the books and was a great success! Thanks to all our great speakers, the NH Audubon Society's McLane Center, and most importantly to everyone who attended.
Keynote speaker Forrest Pritchard provided an inspirational talk on the state of sustainable agriculture in the US, as well as two well-received workshop sessions.
 
 
Forrest Pritchard delivers his keynote address
 
Perhaps one of the most amazing feats was the lunch, which was nearly all locally-sourced in New Hampshire in the dead of winter. Saxy Chef LLC of Antrim provided the culinary magic for the day.
 
If you attended the conference and would like to provide feedback, ideas for next year, or suggestions on how we could improve, please feel free to contact conference coordinator Bill Fosher, news@grazenh.com

 

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.   Protecting pastured livestock from predators
    Bill Fosher and Steve Normanton

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

 

 

Made possible with support from the Natural Resources Conservation Service and our conference sponsors:
Wellscroft Fence LLC
Organic Valley

Food ingredients donated by:
Edgefield Farm, Westmoreland
Greenbough Farm, North Haverhill
Nortmanton Farms, Litchfield
Overlook Farm, Peterborough