Free Field Day for Farmers on Oct. 20

ALBURGH – Fall Field Day at Borderview Farm in Alburgh will highlight the latest University of Vermont (UVM) Extension research in small grains, forages, cover crops and soil health.

The free event will be held on Oct. 22, from 1 to 4 p.m., rain or shine, at the research farm located at 487 Line Road. Interested farmers should register by Oct. 20 at 2021fallfieldday.eventbrite.com.

Participation is limited to 80 registrants. To request a disability-related accommodation to participate, contact Susan Brouillette at (802) 524-6501, ext. 432, by October 13.

The field day will open with a tour with the UVM Extension Northwest Crops and Soils Team of the trials for perennial grass and cover crop varieties, fall forages and stockpiled forages, among other research projects. At the conclusion of the tour, Roy Desrochers, a UVM Extension sensory expert, will lead an interactive session on tasting and describing local grains.

The program will conclude with the dedication of the E.E. Cummings Crop Testing Lab to honor Erica Cummings, who passed away earlier this year. Cummings worked with the UVM Extension Northwest Crops and Soils program for many years and in 2011 was instrumental in establishing the testing lab that has been renamed in her honor.

The lives of the late Jack Lazor, co-owner of Butterworks Farm in Westfield, and the late Ken Van Hazinga, a well-known organic grain grower in Shoreham, will also be celebrated at this dedication ceremony for their contributions to Vermont agriculture.