Exploring New Ideas at Choiniere Family Farm

Wednesday, August 10, 2011
11:00 am- 3:00 pm
2465 Gore Rd, Highgate Center, VT
The Choiniere family farm has been in operation since 1945. Currently they are milking 75 organic cows and have 40 replacement cows. The farm began organic production in 2005. The farm has a total of 250 acres with 75 acres being pasture for their 115 cows. Owner and operator Guy Choiniere will talk about grain production and innovative ways to integrate small grains into a dairy ration.

The farm has worked with UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture’s Pasture Program through several NRCS Conservation Innovation Grants to explore using bedded pack compost to improve pastures and extend the grazing season, as well as address pasture compaction through mechanical subsoiling.

Guy is using a Keyline plow and growing tillage radishes to address pasture compaction. Through collaborations with partners like UVM Extension, NRCS and the Pasture Program, Guy has been able to install many water quality improvement practices to enhance the Rock River that divides his farm as well as to enhance his dairy operation.

Cost: $15 per person: Lunch will be provided by the NOFA pizza oven.

To register contact Heather Darby or Chantel Cline by August 5th

Phone: 802-524-6501 or Email: heather.darby[at]uvm.edu or chantel.cline[at]uvm.edu
Directions:
From Interstate 89, take exit 20 head northeast on VT-207 N/Highgate Rd toward Old Highgate Rd Turn right onto VT-
207 N/VT-78 E Turn right onto VT-207 N/VT-78 E Slight left onto VT-207 N/Gore Rd Destination will be on the left 2.5 miles from
Route 78.

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