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Pigs on Pasture, Hogs in Hedgerows

October 23, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

When considering incorporating livestock into your farm, it is hard to overstate the value of pigs.

These intelligent, hardworking creatures can perform an array of tasks—from breaking sod and digging ponds, to cleaning up fallen fruits and nuts, to clearing invasive plant species. The real questions are: “Where can I use pigs on my farm?” and “How soon can I get started?”

Join us and lifetime-member Blackberry Meadows Farm to explore how they utilize pigs on pasture and hogs in hedgerows to do all of the above, and to learn how this integrates with their certified-organic fruit and vegetable CSA farm, which also produces pork, beef, and poultry. We’ll also hear from featured guest and agroforestry expert Tracey Coulter from the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR).

Registration includes lunch.

Image credit: Blackberry Meadows Farm

Speakers

Greg Boulos uses his vast knowledge of alternative energy, green building, and ecological design to catalyze green projects around the Pittsburgh region. He works to develop the systems that provide fertility and efficiency to farm operations. Boulos is also Blackberry Meadow Farm’s business manager and handyman. He has a masters degree in Sustainable Systems.

Tracey Coulter is the Agroforestry Coordinator for the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR). Tracey focuses on agroforestry and watershed programs, including leading the DCNR’s agroforestry program, which helps private landowners establish trees on agricultural lands while protecting surrounding ecosystems. Coulter’s work includes promoting forest farming (growing crops under tree canopy) and establishing windbreaks and vegetative buffers. Watershed conservation is also a critical part of Coulter’s effort. Working closely with the Chesapeake Bay Program Forest Workgroup, her office finds opportunities to expand watershed protection into upland areas.

Additional information

  • Registration includes lunch.
  • This event qualifies for one SmartStart credit through AgChoice Farm Credit. SmartStart allows young and beginning farmers to earn credits toward a reduced interest rate on a new AgChoice loan by attending educational events.

Questions?

Take a look at our frequently asked questions about our workshops and events. Otherwise, please contact this event’s coordinator, Dan Dalton, by email at dan@pasafarming.org or by phone at (814) 349-9856 x710.


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Details

Date: Tue, October 23, 2018

Time: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Location: Blackberry Meadows Farm
7115 Ridge Road
Natrona Heights, PA 15065

Cost: Members | $25 Non-members | $35

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Event Category: PASA Events