UVM Grazing Specialist to speak at our Annual Meeting Jan. 25, 2015

The PMA ANNUAL MEETING is Sunday, January 25, 2015 – 4:00 PM at the Putney Community Center,  Christian Square

Our speaker will be Kimberly Hagen, Grazing Specialist, Center for Sustainable Agriculture, University of Vermont Extension Service.    

Sheep grazing on Buckthorn

Sheep grazing on Buckthorn

Using livestock and mechanical means to control invasive species  – such as buckthorn, Japanese knotweed, multiflora rose, honeysuckle, bedstraw, goldenrod, knapweed etc. rather than herbicide treatments – when appropriate. If these plants we consider to be invasive can provide nourishment to grazing livestock, and therefore keep the populations of these invasive plants from spreading, the benefit for both animals and environment is a good one. How does it work?

Kimberly will share a few examples of where she has implemented this work in Vermont.  There will be time for discussion and questions about our projects on Putney Mountain – what we are trying to do, what’s been accomplished so far, and what’s next.

Kimberly Hagen, UVMKimberly joined the Center for Sustainable Agriculture in February 2012 to provide technical assistance and support for grass-based farms: for those already immersed in the practices, those planning to transition, and everything in between. Kimberly spent several years working on all kinds of farms around the world, finally returning to Vermont where she has been raising sheep, chickens, horses and the occasional cow, on her own grass-based farm since 1987, and providing agricultural education and outreach for NOFA to communities and schools. With a background and MS in Environmental Biology from Antioch New England, Kimberly thoroughly enjoys the problem solving of bringing farms to a more balanced relationship with the natural systems around them. Years of observations and working with grass-based systems have led her to believe that if the environment is healthy, the animals and plants are healthy and the economics of the farm will also be healthy.

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