FREEPORT, Maine — University of Maine Cooperative Extension, Wolfe’s Neck Farm and the Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship (DGA) program are hosting a pasture walk beginning at 6 p.m. June 21 at Wolfe’s Neck Farm, 184 Burnett Road, Freeport.
The pasture walk will include a discussion led by dairy grazing apprentices who work at the farm under the auspices of the first national agricultural apprenticeship program approved by the U.S. Department of Labor. There are currently five apprentices at Wolfe’s Neck Farm.
Wolfe’s Neck Farm ships its milk to Stonyfield Farm, Inc., in Londonderry, New Hampshire. Stonyfield has been a financial supporter of the apprenticeship program at Wolfe’s Neck Farm, in part to help build the next generation of organic dairy farmers in the Northeast.
During the walk, the apprentices will talk about how they manage the pastures and forage program, and some improvements they have seen through management and frost seeding.
UMaine Extension professor Rick Kersbergen, who currently serves as the education coordinator for the DGA program in New England, along with Sarah Littlefield from Wolfe’s Neck, will discuss the apprenticeship program and how dairy farmers can get involved.
For more information or to request a disability accommodation, contact Rick Kersbergen at the Waldo County Extension office, 207.342.5971, firstname.lastname@example.org.
–University of Maine Cooperative Extension
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