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Millstone Farm On-Farm Workshop
Wilton, CT
August 31, 2009 ~ 4-7 pm

Co sponsored by CT NOFA, USDA-NRCS, UConn, RMA, SARE and Millstone Farm

millstone farmJoin Darrell Emmick, New York state grazing land management specialist with the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, on an educational tour of the pastures at Millstone Farm in Wilton. Millstone Farm raises cattle, sheep, horses, and chickens on 20 acres of pasture.  Since 2004 they have been using best management practices, rotational and multi-species grazing and organic methods to improve their pastures.

The educational program will begin at 4 pm on Monday, August 31, 2009 with an introduction to the pasture walk by Mr. Emmick.  Dr. Tom Morris from UConn will give a brief talk about soil testing and organic soil amendments using test results from Millstone Farm.

In addition to observing and learning about pasture management, rotational and multi-species grazing, portable fencing and other features on the farm, participants will have the opportunity to learn from several other pasture professionals.  Jim Hyde, Connecticut NRCS Soil Conservationist, will provide a demonstration of the effects of various mowing or clipping heights on pasture regrowth and UConn Extension Service’s Rich Meinert will teach attendees how to identify different pasture species and about their values for livestock.  Although Millstone Farm grazes horses, this workshop will focus on food animals.

millstone pastureThe evening will end with presentations about the Connecticut Agricultural Risk Management Program and Crop Insurance, about the SARE-funded tri-state, Natural Meat Project and the availability of SARE farmer/grower grants.
 
This workshop will be held rain or shine.  Be prepared to walk in the pastures.  A light meal will be served at the end of the evening. Please bring a water bottle!

Cost $25 for CT NOFA members, and $35 for non-members.

Click here for a printer-friendly registration form.

Online registration is now closed - but there's still room!
Call the office at 203-888-5146 to register

 

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Directions to Millstone Farm
180 Millstone Road
Wilton, CT

From NYC or from the North – take I-95 to Exit 15. (If you are coming from the north, make sure you stay in the lane heading toward Route 7 NOT heading toward the Maritime aquarium).  This will put you on what is called the Route 7 Connector.  Take the Route 7 connector until it ends (about 1.5 miles).    Turn left at the light (Grist Mill Road.) Go to the end and make a right at the stop sign on to Belden Hill Road.  Stay on Belden Hill Road for less then 2.6 miles (you'll go through 2 stop signs) - You will start to go down hill, at the bend in the road (there will be a yellow and a brown house on left side with fencing) – you will make the next immediate left on to DRUM HILL ROAD. You will know you've gone too far if you hit a light.  

You will take Drum Hill to the end, approx. 1.1 miles.  At 3 way stop sign, make a left onto Ridgefield Road (Rte 33

Make a LEFT on Rt 33 ( Ridgefield Rd)

And go approx 3-4 miles to MILLSTONE RD on the Right, ( sign on LEFT)

Right on Millstone Rd, ( 9/10ths of a mile)to #180, driveway on left, mailbox on the right.

 

 




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