Grains and Oilseeds and Hops, Oh My!

If you are curious how croutons are made, pressing oilseeds, growing hops, and/or producing high quality livestock forages, join UVM Extension’s Northwest Crops and Soils Team at a workshop or field day this summer!

The team—led by agronomist Heather Darby—recently announced their summer workshop series. The workshops and field days, offered on farms throughout Vermont, feature the team’s research projects, including trials on small grains, hops, oilseeds, and livestock forages.

The herd enjoying Japanese millet at Beidler Family Farm in Randolph Center.

The series starts with a Diversified High-Quality Forage Production Field Day on June 26 in Randolph Center at Regina and Brent Beidler’s organic dairy. The Beidler’s will describe some of their ongoing research projects and collaborations, including production of small grains for both feed and value-added food products. In addition, folks will see annual forages—including oats, BMR sorghum sudangrass, and millet—being grown to produce high quality forages for their organic herd.

The series will also include a workshop on reduced tillage systems at Windfall Acres Farm in Franklin (6/27); adding value to grains production at Olivia’s Croutons in New Haven (7/12); a look at oilseed production at Wood’s Market Garden in Brandon (7/24); hopyard design and maintenance at Addison Hop Farm in Addison (8/23); and soil health and nutrient density of livestock forages at Butterworks Farm in Westfield (8/28).

At the 2011 NW Crops & Soils Field Day, farmers and others learned about the team's research.

A highlight each year is the team’s Annual Crops and Soils Field Day at Borderview Research Farm in Alburgh, scheduled for August 9 this year. More than 200 farmers, ag service providers, and others gathered at last year’s field day to learn about the team’s current and completed research.

Registration for most of these events is $15 per person and includes lunch (provided by the NOFA-VT pizza oven). To register online or for more information, visit the website at


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