Our workshops are open to the public and preregistration is required. Workshops will run from 10-2. 

To register, please contact Jon at wildrootsfarmvt@gmail.com   

*2017 Regeneration Workshop Series*

Cultivating Mushrooms: Substrates and Soil
March 12
Hands on Workshop

Guest Speaker- Ben Waterman

Resilient Farm Systems: Mindfulness in the Field
April 8

Guest Speaker- Cathy Turner

Designing and Building the Forest Garden 
May 13 & 14
Hands on Workshop

Improving Your Soil: Biologically Charged Garden Beds
June 10

Guest Speaker- Mark Krawczyk

Storing Carbon & Utilizing Nutrients: Waste as a Resource
July 8
Hands on Workshop

Guest Speaker- Joshua Faulkner

Pollinator Habitat and Forage Strips
August 12

Guest Speaker- John Hayden

Pasture Management & Livestock Integration
September 9

Guest Speaker- Jenn Colby

*Social Gatherings*

Veterans Regeneration Project Honor Garden Planting
May 20

Veteran Regeneration Project Benefit
May 26
Music and Potluck, All proceeds will support the Veteran Regeneration Project

2nd Annual Harvest Potluck and Hoedown
September 30

*Project Opportunities*

For anyone interested in getting some hands on experience, we have a number of projects that will be worked on this season that include:

    Farmstand Build

    Cob Oven Build with students from Yestermorrow School

    12x36 Hoop House Build

    Tree Planting

    Swale Development

    Chicken Processing

Guest Speakers:

Ben Waterman coordinated outreach for the 3-yr research and education project "Shiitake Mushrooms as an Agroforestry Crop."  He co-authored the guide, "Best Management Practices for Log-Based Shiitake Mushroom Cultivation in the Northeast."  Ben operates Waterman Orchards in Johnson, VT, where mushrooms are one of his auxiliary enterprises among others including blueberries and fruit trees.   He is the New Farmer Program coordinator for the UVM Extension Center for Sustainable Agriculture.

Cathy Turner is a mother, educator, yoga teacher and birth doula.  Her yoga practice allows for a sense of playfulness and deep transformation that uplifts the spirit. Cathy is currently working on her 500 hr training at Rising Spirit Yoga.

Mark Krawczyk is an ecological design and permaculture teacher, designer, and consultant and the owner of Keyline Vermont LLC.  Mark has traveled extensively to study with experts in the fields of perennial food production, ecological building, coppice forestry and green woodworking. He has since settled back in northern Vermont where he is developing his vision for a 52-acre homestead. In addition to Keyline Vermont, Mark owns RivenWoodCrafts, co-founded the Burlington Permaculture group, and is a member of Seven Generations Natural Builders.

Joshua joined the Center in 2013 to help address the impacts of climate change on Vermont agriculture. His experience lies in agricultural hydrology and the processes by which agricultural systems impact water quality and the surrounding environment. He obtained a BS in Biological Systems Engineering from Virginia Tech, and a MS and PhD from Cornell University in Biological and Environmental Engineering, all of which had a concentration in Soil and Water Resources. During his time in New York State, he researched alternative vegetative treatment systems for dairy wastewater, as well as small reservoir vegetable-irrigation systems in West Africa. Most recently he was agricultural engineering extension faculty at West Virginia University, working with farmers on a variety of issues, including the Chesapeake Bay clean-up, innovative best management practices, and reducing the environmental impact of livestock producers. Raised on a beef farm in southern West Virginia, he now lives in Starksboro, Vermont where he is trying his hand at pastured pork.

John Hayden has an M.S. in Agricultural Entomology and over 35 years professional experience in sustainable and regenerative agriculture as a university educator, researcher, extension agent, consultant, and practicing organic farmer.  Over the past 25 years, he and Nancy Hayden have developed The Farm Between into a small scale organic fruit farm and nursery with an emphasis on biodiversity,  and healing and regenerating a degraded agroecosystem.  Their work with native pollinators includes plantings for floral resources and creating nesting habitat for cavity and ground nesting bees for conservation and pollination services.

Jenn Colby is the Program Coordinator for the Pasture Program at the UVM [Extension] Center for Sustainable Agriculture.  She has a B.S. in Animal Science and M.S. in Community Development and Applied Economics, both from the University of Vermont.  Jenn coordinates conference and workshops, provides staff support to the VT Grass Farmers Association, manages multi-media outreach and coordinates pasture and livestock-based educational activities, research and technical assistance around the state.  Currently she is the UVM lead on a six-state USDA-RCPP technical assistance grant, is the co-chair of the Farm to Plate Network’s Production and Processing Working Group, and serves on the board of the East Central Vermont Development District.  Outside of official Extension work, she operates a diversified meat livestock farm in Randolph, VT and competes in Kansas City-style barbecue around New England with her family.