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NEWFARMERNET  September 2009

NEWFARMERNET September 2009

Subject:

[Fwd: FYI, please advertise where appropriate]

From:

Debra Heleba <[log in to unmask]>

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Vermont New Farmer Network <[log in to unmask]>

Date:

Tue, 22 Sep 2009 14:44:01 -0400

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FYI. D

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: 	FYI, please advertise where appropriate
Date: 	Tue, 22 Sep 2009 14:37:44 -0400
From: 	Carol Delaney <[log in to unmask]>

	



*Small Farm Equipment Demonstration*

*Intense One-day Experience*

*For new/beginning, 1st generation, or part-time farmers*

* *

*Snyder Research and Extension Farm, 141 Locust Grove Rd, Pittstown, NJ*

*Monday October 12, 2009 (Columbus Day). 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM Rain or shine*

*Registration of $45, includes lunch. Pre-registration required. *

*Call (908) 730-9419 for more information. Limited to 50 participants.*

Participate in an experience helping you make better judgments about 
selecting equipment for profitable efficient smaller-scale or part-time 
farming. Many sources provide information for small-scale farming. This 
practical training field day provides comprehensive views and 
demonstrates the 7 varieties of equipment used in successful 
smaller-scale farm operations.

   1. Primary & secondary tractors and tillage implements
         1. Demonstration, defining power requirements, and cost of
            ownership.
         2. Soil differences and appropriate tillage in relation to
            moisture & vegetation.
   2. Fertilizer and lime application equipment
         1. Demonstration and discussion of various fertilizer and lime
            spreader designs, including a rotary and drop spreaders.
            Cost of ownership.
         2. Basic plant nutrition and soil pH. Calibration of spreaders.
   3. Planting equipment
         1. Seeding and transplanting demonstration, discussing cost of
            ownership.
         2. Review of operating, including importance of straight row
            procedures, seeding depth, and spacing of vegetable and
            other seeds.
         3. Proper handling of transplants pre-and post-planting.
   4. Horticulture/vegetable crop irrigation
         1. Trickle irrigation operation demonstration and discussion.
            Lower power + lower gpm flow rates = lower capital and
            operating costs.
         2. Overhead irrigation operation, design, capacity, power
            requirements.
         3. Demonstration and cost of ownership. How to pick the right
            irrigation methods for you. Used equipment. New Jersey DEP
            reporting regulation.
   5. Controlling pests and pesticide application and safety
         1. Using backpack sprayers. Utilization, operation,
            calibration, efficiency and costs compared to
            tractor-mounted sprayers or ATV mounted sprayers for small
            farms.
         2. Review of basic herbicide insecticide and fungicide
            application methods, including products approved for organic
            crop production.
         3. Demonstrations and discussions of cost of ownership.
         4. Pesticide application workplace safety equipment and
            demonstration. Review of NJ DEP pesticide licensing
            requirements.
   6. Crop cultivation equipment
         1. Demonstration operating a variety of specialized small
            equipment.
         2. Discussion on why we cultivate, costs of ownership.
         3. Fertilizer side dressing combined with cultivation
         4. Mechanical cultivation weed control strategies.

i. Let no weeds go to seed. Labor vs. equipment challenges. Managing 
time and timing on part-time farms with crop selection, reducing acres, 
longer rotations, etc.

ii. Tension between mechanical tillage cultivation chemical alternatives 
vs. improving soil health.

   7. Growing and making hay and/or livestock forage
         1. Demonstrate equipment: seeder or drill, mower or
            mower/conditioner haybine, windrow hay rake or tether,
            baler, and wagons.
         2. Discuss economy of scale in hay/forage enterprise, used
            equipment, need for low cost quality organic forages to
            support alternative livestock.

********************************************************************************

*Detach here. Please register me for the October 12, 2009, Rutgers NJAES 
Snyder Research and Extension Farm Small Farm Equipment Demonstration Day.*

* *

*Enclose is $45 for each participant*

*No. of participants _____ Total enclosed $______*

*Payable to: Rutgers  The State University of NJ*

* *

*Name(s) ____________________________________ Mail to:*

* Rutgers Snyder Research*

*Address ____________________________________ & Extension Farm*

* 140 Locust Grove Road*

* ____________________________________ Pittstown, NJ 08867*

* *

*Best contact ____________________________________ (Email or Phone)*

* *

*Special conditions (handicap access, diet, vegetarian, etc): 
____________________*

* *

*___________________________________________________________________________________*

-- 

-- 

*Carol Delaney
Farmer Grant Specialist
Northeast SARE
University of Vermont
655 Spear Street
Burlington, VT 05405-0107*

*Phone 802-656-0697
Fax 802-656-0500

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www.nesare.org*


-- 

-- 

*Carol Delaney
Farmer Grant Specialist
Northeast SARE
University of Vermont
655 Spear Street
Burlington, VT 05405-0107*

*Phone 802-656-0697
Fax 802-656-0500

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www.nesare.org*

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