On Saturday, July 30, Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District will present “Pasture and Grazing Management,” the final installment of the 2016 Beginning Farmer Workshop Series, at Aldemere Farm, 70 Russell Ave., where Heidi Baker, livestock manager, and Ron Howard, farm manager, are doing some comparative pasture renovation.

In addition to home-grown grass experts Rick Kersbergen (UMaine Extension pasture and grazing specialist) and Diane Schivera (MOFGA organic livestock specialist), the workshop will include Kimberly Hagen, grazing specialist with University of Vermont Extension, to share her special techniques to control non-toxic pasture weeds by training animals to eat them. Also, Geri Vistein (carnivore conservation biologist) will be on hand to talk about farming with carnivores.

The day-long program begins with coffee and registration at 8 a.m. followed by four workshops:

8:30 -10 a.m., Pasture Management 101/Introduction to Rotational Grazing, Rick Kersbergen

10 -11:30 a.m., Infrastructure for Rotational Grazing/Record Keeping, Kimberley Hagen

11:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m.,  Lunch (provided or bring your own)

12:30 – 2:30 p.m., Training Livestock to Eat Weeds/Plant & Weed ID, Kimberly Hagen and Diane Schivera

2:30 – 3:15 p.m., Pasture Measurements & Biomonitoring, Diane Schivera

3:15 – 4 p.m. Sustainable Farming with Carnivores, Geri Vistein

This free program is funded by a grant from USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and is being presented in conjunction with the Beef Basics Weekend at Aldemere Farm (July 30 and 31).

For more information and to register for Pasture and Grazing Management contact 596-2040, hildy@knox-lincoln.org, or knox-lincoln.org/beginning-farmer-2016.

For more information and to register for Beef Basics, contact jlucas@mcht.org or 236-2729.