It had been two years since the last VT Grazing & Livestock Conference. Actually, there was one last year, but I had to miss it. Turns out, they had cows and chickens at the conference, alive and walking around. I wonder how they got through registration. Sign here, please. “Moo.” Thanks, here’s your name tag.
This year, we all packed up and headed to Fairlee, VT, and had an awesome time. Part of the awesomeness was seeing folks. That’s actually a lot of the awesomeness, to be honest. Troy Bishopp and his ticker (and his wife!) were there and looking wonderful.
Bruce Hennessey showed me pictures of the barn they’re putting up to replace the one that burned down. (We figure it takes about 10 years to be over the extreme distress of that.) Jenn Colby and the VGFA team put together a big event, and, there was a lot to learn; sessions on forage quality, silvo pasturing, and animal handlingare a few of the highlights we’ll be talking about with you in the future.
Beyond the learning, and the visiting, it was fun to see folks who had been reading On Pasture since day one, and meeting folks who hadn’t yet heard of On Pasture, too. It turns out our readers have been sharing On Pasture with all their friends and neighbors, so our community is really growing. If you’d like to help with that, here’s a flyer you can copy and hand out when you’re reconnecting with folks at your winter grazing conferences.
Even though the temperatures were close to zero, there was so much warmth in reconnecting, and in learning alongside friends. We hope you find that warmth at your local winter events. Check the On Pasture calendar to learn about workshops and conferences coming up, and click here to add your local, regional or state events to the calendar. (Need to advertise your event? We can help!)
Happy connecting, and thanks for reading!
Rachel and Kathy