Randolph Center, VT
The Organic Dairy Production short course will blend both online coursework and in-person labs. The online coursework will include participation in "An Introduction to Organic Dairy Production," a self-directed online course made of ten modules on key organic dairy topics, as follows:
- Overview of Organic Dairy Production—An Integrated Approach
- National Organic Program Standards Summary
- Organic Soil Management
- Nutritional Considerations for the Organic Dairy Cow
- Pasture Management
- Growing and Storing Organic Livestock Forages
- Holistic Herd Health
- Udder Health and Milk Quality
- Basic Principles of Managing Calves Organically
- The Organic Transition and Certification Process.
Each module combines required readings, narrated lessons, recommended resources, and end-of-module quizzes. The course was developed under the leadership of Drs. Cindy Daley (CA) and Heather Darby (VT) as a collaborative project of the Organic Dairy Program at the California State University-Chico, the Northwest Crops and Soils Program at the University of Vermont Extension, and eOrganic, eXtension’s Organic Production Community of Practice.
Students may also participate in eOrganic webinars offered throughout and following the course period. The in-person labs will review, apply and discuss the materials covered online and through additional readings. They will be offered as five Saturday sessions on the Beidler Family Farm, a certified organic dairy operation owned and operated by Brent and Regina Beidler located just east of Vermont Tech’s Randolph Center campus.
The full course will run on these dates and during times:
- Nov. 22, 2014 (8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)
- Dec. 13, 2014 (8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.)
- Jan. 10, 2015 (8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.)
- Feb. 21, 2015 (8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.)
- March 14, 2015 (8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)