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Sept. 24 Field Day: Building Farmland Flood Resilience

by Chelsea on September 12, 2013

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADo you farm along a waterway? Are you involved with conservation projects in your community? Join us for a NOFA-VT field day show to showcase a tried and true tool for building resiliency and dealing with flooding on farms: the planting of forested buffers along our streams and rivers.

Planting trees along streams and rivers helps absorb floodwaters, prevent erosion, protect soils, and keeps drinking water clean. But what plants should you use? How do you plant a new buffer? Who can help pay for it? We invite farmers and citizen conservationists to join us as we explore these questions. You’ll learn how buffers work, why native plants work best, the various attributes of streamside trees and shrubs, and what programs can fund plantings on your farm or in your community.

Hear from two farmers, including Geo Honingford of Hurricane Flats Farm, about their experience with planting buffers and building farmland resiliency. Explore a mature buffer planting at the Intervale Center on a field walk with staff from the Intervale Conservation Nursery. Tour their nursery as they take your questions about native tree plantings. Enjoy light fare and good conversation. This is unique opportunity to talk with farmers, conservationists, and researchers about the challenges and opportunities for building more resilient Vermont farms.

When: Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2-6pm, Rain or Shine

Where: Intervale Center in Burlington, VT

Who: Citizen Conservationists and Farmers (Beginning and Veteran, All Scales)

Cost: Free, including light fare.

To register, please contact NOFA-VT: (802) 434-4122 or lynda@nofavt.org

Funded by: Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, the Intervale Center, Intervale Conservation Nursery, Lake Champlain Sea Grant, NOFA-VT, USDA Risk Management Education, UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture, and the Vermont River Conservancy

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Monte - Farm Broker Illinois September 25, 2013 at 8:14 pm

Thanks for sharing this, that’d be a great session to hear the unique ways they all take care of these problems. The picture above handles it well!

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