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Turns Out, There’s Warmth in the Winter

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Winter Grazing Conferences are a great way to reconnect with friends and add to your grazing toolbox.

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Troy and Rachel at the VGFA Winter Conference

Troy and Rachel at the VGFA Winter Conference

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.

Rachel and Bruce Hennessy

Rachel and Bruce Hennessy

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.

Click to download this flyer. Print it out (black and white is fine!) and share it with others to help us grow the On Pasture Community.

Click to download this flyer. Print it out (black and white is fine!) and share it with others to help us grow the On Pasture Community.

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

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About the author

Author and editor emeritus

Rachel's interest in sustainable agriculture and grazing has deep roots in the soil. She's been following that passion around the world, working on an ancient Nabatean farm in the Negev, and with farmers in West Africa's Niger. After returning to the US, Rachel received her M.S. and Ph.D. in agronomy and soil science from the University of Maryland. For her doctoral research, Rachel spent 3 years working with Maryland dairy farmers using management intensive grazing. She then began her work with grass farmers, a source of joy and a journey of discovery.


  1. Charlie Taplin says:

    It would have been nice to see you, but life here is pretty busy and I am afraid to leave my Dairymaid taking care of everything which includes her 95% handicapped Dad, 100 layers, 5 hogs, 4 young steers, one young dairy, three raw milk cows, five dairy beef crosses all in calf for spring and two older steers all cattle grass fed and the rest partial grass fed.

    • Rachel Gilker says:

      Charlie, it would have been grand to see you too. Sounds like things are pretty busy there. That’s a nice group you’ve got going! And a pretty wonderful Dairymaid, to boot. Hope to see you soon!

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