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Open Farm Week - Dorset Peak Sheep & Cattle Co.
Open Farm Week - Dorset Peak Sheep & Cattle Co.

Tue, Aug 06


Smokey House Center

Open Farm Week - Dorset Peak Sheep & Cattle Co.

Celebrating 10 years of Vermont Open Farm Week: August 4th - 11th, 2024!

Time & Location

Aug 06, 2024, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Smokey House Center, 426 Danby Mountain Rd, Danby, VT 05739, USA

About the event

Come hear about what Smokey House Center's partner farmer Dorset Peak Sheep & Cattle Co. is up to in Danby! Caleb Smith rotationally grazes his sheep flock across over 350 acres of open fields within the valley. Caleb began leasing land from Smokey House in 2009 and operated Dorset Peak Jerseys until 2022. In 2022 Caleb sold his dairy herd, no-till seeded the entire farm to perennial grasses and legumes and brought over 400 sheep to his farm from Colorado. Operating Dorset Peak Sheep & Cattle Co., he has continuously fine-tuned an intensive grazing system that has put animals back on the land; in some fields, for the first time in over 50 years. Moving forward, Caleb’s operation will serve as a foundational resource for future Living Lab research projects that explore key topics like transitioning from dairy and pasture health.

Dorset Peak Sheep & Cattle Co. Farm Tour:

Join Caleb Smith for a full tour of his 350 acre farm and sheep pastures. Learn about Caleb's approach to rotational grazing, his transition from dairy to sheep, his interest in rip sowing to increase pasture health and production, and much more!

Interested in learning about our other partner farm, Yoder Farm? We sure to register for the other Open Farm Week session that morning for a tour of Ryan and Rachel's farm. 

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