Pasture Walk THIS THURSDAY, August 21st

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Aug 19, 2014, 9:54:51 PM8/19/14

Pasture Walk

Swift Level Land & Cattle

Route 60 W. of Lewisburg, WV
August 21st, 2014

Young, beginning and experienced farmers interested in healthy pastures are invited to join Swift Level and partners for a engaging and  educational experience on the farm. Dr. Ed Rayburn, WVU Extension Forage Specialist and Tootie Jones, Swift Level, will lead an interactive walk encouraging an open dialogue with all participants. Topics to be covered include regenerative soil health, soil sequestration, forages and herd management.  Subtopics include soil sampling 101, seeding and root value for grasses. We will survey summer forage areas in the process of soil and forage restoration and the support systems developed to enhance maximum grazing capacity and growth rate. Based on testing methods we will discuss fall and winter feeding zones designed for maximized improvement in 2015.  The Pasture Walk will include the field agents that have assisted Swift Level in its transitions. These folks are available to share their experiences with Swift Level and offer support to our participants in their own farms’ "next step" with the variety of programs available. Natural Capitol Investment Fund will be on hand to discuss financial support options for farm expansion. VC2 will preview the numerous options for business growth and technical support.


  • 3:30-3:50pm Registration 
  • 4pm Grass Power presentation, Martha Holdridge, West Wind Farm, Dawson, WV, and Dr. Ed Rayburn, WVU Extension
  • Pasture Walk, Dr. Ed Rayburn, WVU Extension, Tootie Jones, Swift Level (Wear appropriate footwear and clothing, we will walk rain or shine.)
  • Arrival back at the barns for refreshment and visiting sponsor tables.
  • Local foods and conversation through-out the evening. 
  • We will conclude at dark.

Registration -  Free or 304 661.6777

We ask that you please register so that there will be adequate food and beverage for our guests!

Deadline for registration - August 20

For directions to Swift Level, click here.

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