In Vermont, agriculture comes in all shapes and sizes.Whether you’re planting a vegetable garden, installing new landscaping, or raising a few chickens or pigs, YOU can make a difference in the health of Lake Champlain! Join FNLC and our friends at the Georgia Conservation Commission on June 22nd to learn about principles practices that help prevent harmful runoff from even the smallest “backyard farm”. This is event is the third seminar in FNLC’s educational program Homesteading for Clean Water: A Farm Table Conservation Series.
“Increased attention to food security issues has resulted in a surge in the amount of Franklin County residents who cultivate their own vegetables and raise livestock or poultry,” comments former FNLC Director Denise Smith. With this program, FNLC hopes to deliver important information on a variety of water-quality related topics to this growing subset of the agricultural community. Experts from University of Vermont Extension’s Northwest Crops & Soils Team, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets will deliver presentations on watershed science, soil health, simple conservation practices, and more.
A portion of the seminar will also focus on Vermont’s water quality legislation, Act 64, with specific attention to the new Required Agricultural Practices as they apply to homesteaders, gardeners, and hobby farmers. Join us to learn how the new laws affect you and your homestead.
This event is FREE and open to the public. The evening will include time for discussion, and light refreshments and take-home materials will be provided. In addition, each attendee will be entered into a raffle to win a FREE soil test.
Date: June 22nd, 6:30-8:30 PM
Location: Georgia Stone School, 2442 Polly Hubbard Road, Georgia, VT