• 16Sep

    Boot Camp for Farmers – Financial and Food Safety Success – Monday, September 22, 2014, 6:00 – 8:30 pm

    Workshop will be held via webinar: https://connect.msu.edu/upfe/; Webinar is Free, please RSVP below

    Note: If you have not been on an adobe connect webinar before, please use this link to test your internet connection ahead of time:  http://connect.msu.edu/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm

    The U.P. Food Exchange, in partnership with Morse Marketing Connections, would like to invite you to a free webinar to learn about potential ways to grow your business and connect to new markets in the Upper Peninsula.

    Financial and food safety experts will share successful ways specialty crop farmers are opening doors to new markets through improved financial readiness and food safety practices.

    Ann Herrington of Greenstone Farm Credit will be presenting on financial literacy and business planning for profitability.  In addition, the U.P. Food Exchange will provide an update on how to reach new markets and the resources they are providing regarding food safety including the Group GAP pilot.  Please RSVP by Friday, September 19, 2014, by calling 906-635-6368 or by contacting walkmich@msu.edu.

  • 15Sep

    2014 Growers Academy  in Virginia

    An 6-session learning/training series focused on sustainable farming methods and business models

    September 23 – October 28, 2014 (Tuesdays, 6-9 pm • Wytheville, Virginia)

    Pre-registration by Thursday, 9/18th

    FOR WHO? New, dreamed about, and growing or transitioning agricultural businesses.  The course is a tailored and comprehensive approach to farming as a small business, so you can leave with renewed confidence and practical information and actions to make your farming effort whatever size you want it to be. Read more »

  • 12Sep

    Job: Organic Production Specialist – SpringRain Farm and Orchard in Washington State

    SpringRain Farm & Orchard is a 28-acre certified organic farm located in Chimacum, WA, which is located south of Port Townsend on the Olympic Peninsula. The farm is designed to use an ecologically-based diversified production system that focuses on meat, eggs, fruit, herbs, and vegetables. We grow a wide variety of small fruits such as strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, currants, and gooseberries along with orchard fruits such as apple, pear, and plums.  We specialize in year-around greenhouse crops with winter salad production and summer production of basil, eggplant, and tomatoes, as well as asparagus, garlic, and miscellaneous specialty vegetables.  Our livestock production includes layer poultry, turkeys, meat chickens, meat sheep, rabbits, and bees.  We operate a full season internship program and host short-term volunteers throughout the year.  Our marketing targets local retail outlets, restaurants, farmers markets, and on-farm sales. Read more »

  • 11Sep
    Apply Today for the Beginning Women Farmers Training Program in CT!

    If you are a beginning (less than ten years experience) women farmer in Connecticut and you are interested in joining the program, we are now accepting applications for the 2014/2015 session. The training begins in early November and consists of 10 all-day Saturday sessions. The first six are throughout the winter and will be held at Goodwin College in East Hartford, CT. The four remaining sessions are on on-farm at different locations throughout the state. Click HERE for an online application.

    From a recent graduate:
    All the individuals (peers and instructors/mentors) I have meet during this class have taught me something, and have helped me unearth my own self confidence in myself along with the weaknesses I struggle with. And it feels wonderful to have a small group of people who have a similar mindset or love for farming, the land, and good food. All of this has nurtured the flame and love I have for this life style I live.“-Jessica Kroeber

    The 2014/2015 dates:

    November 1, November 22, December 13, January 17, January 24, February 7, February 28, March 21, April 11, May 2, May 16 (snow date)

    While there is a small fee to join the program in the Northeast, scholarships are available for those in need of financial assistance. If you have any questions or would like to discuss the program, please contact Deb Legge, Connecticut Co-coordinator or call 203-308-2584. To learn more about the current program, past sessions and Holistic Management International, click HERE.

  • 11Sep

    Grow Your Farm Skills this Fall/Winter from the Comfort of Your Home! Online farming course registration begins now.

    The Cornell Small Farms Program and Cornell Cooperative Extension offer a menu of 12 online courses each Fall and Winter to help farmers develop their businesses. These 5- to 7-week online courses cost $200 total for up to 4 members of the same farm to attend. They are an amazing opportunity to discover new resources, build your farm plan, hear from successful farmers, and develop a support network of peers. Courses consist of a weekly real-time webinar followed by readings, discussion forums, and homework on your own time.

    Students successfully completing a course are eligible to receive a 0% interest loan of up to $10,000 through Kiva Zip!
  • 10Sep
    Sign up now for Stateline Farm Beginnings
    The Illinois Food, Farm, & Jobs Act has called for support of programs that recruit, train, and provide technical assistance to beginning farmers in order to meet the demand for 5,000 more local farmers in Illinois by 2020. Angelic Organics Learning Center has been fulfilling that role by training farmers for the past ten years. Our Stateline Farm Beginnings® program is proud to announce the next class starting in October 2014. Click here to apply by October 1st.
  • 09Sep

    NFU Beginning Farmers Institute Holds First Session

    WASHINGTON (Sept. 8, 2014) – National Farmers Union (NFU) Beginning Farmers Institute (BFI) participants are in Washington, D.C., this week to take part in the first session of the institute. Participants will learn financial, marketing, public speaking and planning skills.

    “It has become increasingly difficult for beginning farmers to succeed,” said NFU President Roger Johnson. “That is why programs like BFI are so important, because they give beginning farmers an opportunity to learn important leadership and farm-management skills that benefit not only themselves, but also the communities and economies they support.”

    BFI participants include Nicole Vojtech of Ohio; Tracey Zink of Nebraska; Courtney Krueger of North Dakota; Chris Holman and Kriss Marion of Wisconsin; Harrison Topp of Colorado; Glen Hughes of Indiana; Erin Bailey of Washington; Rick Duvall of Illinois; Chelsea Kruse of New Hampshire; Troy Hunoff of South Dakota; Nicholas Levendofsky, Matt and Leah Ubel of Kansas.

    The selected individuals from across the nation range from cattle ranchers and grain farmers to those growing for farmers markets and urban farmers. The institute is a yearlong program and is sponsored in part by Farm Credit, CoBank, DuPont Pioneer, CHS Foundation, FUI Foundation and the NFU Foundation. More information can be found at www.NFU.org/education.


  • 08Sep
    Sheep & Goat School: September 20, 2014, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm in Rutland, Mass.

    Details and registration here

    This hands-on field school will teach practical skills for raising sheep and goats including preventative animal health practices (especially internal parasite management), principles of nutrition and pasture management, and other strategies for meat, milk and wool enterprises. You will have the chance to get some quality hands-on time with the sheep and goats, so wear your barn clothes!

    If you’ve been to the sheep and goat workshops in recent years, we can assure you that we will be covering some new ground this year. We have some interesting new internal parasite management strategies to go over, including a more detailed look at fecal egg counts and parasite-fighting grazing strategies. We also plan to get into more depth on forage quality and feed requirements.

    The workshop will be held at Heifer International’s Heifer Farm in Rutland, Mass. Speakers include Rosario Delgado-Lecaroz, DVM and Sam Anderson.

    Registration: $40 (primary registrant – additional guests $30/ea). (Includes a really good lunch.) Click here to register by Sept. 17.

    Beef Cattle School: October 23, 2014, 8:30 am – 2:00 pm in Grafton, Mass.

    Details and registration here

    An all-day field school for beef cattle farmers, featuring guest speaker Dr. Robert Smith, a nationally recognized cattle vet who wrote much of the Beef Quality Assurance guidelines. Dr. Smith and the vet school crew will discuss how to be an educated buyer of feeder calves, how to judge when a steer is ready for market, and how management practices translate into meat quality. A hands-on component will cover animal handling and facilities, and vaccination, castration, and other animal health and management skills.

    The workshop will be held at the Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in Grafton, Mass. We will meet at the farm buildings on Nickerson Road – click here for a campus map(farm buildings and parking marked in red).

    Registration: $40 (primary registrant – additional guests $30/ea). Includes lunch and resources. Click here to register by Oct. 20.


  • 05Sep

    Promoting Access to Farmland for New and Established Farmers – Webinar

    Date: Wednesday, September 10, 2014  Time:12:00 PM – 1:15 PM EDT

    Space is limited. Reserve your Webinar seat now at: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/529496746

    Join us on September 10th for the fifth webinar in our New England Food Policy series.  In this webinar we will look at policies to address one of the single biggest challenges facing new and established farmers alike—access to affordable farmland.   We will look at state policies around state-owned land and its availability for farmers.  We will examine how some states are promoting land linking, listing and matching efforts, and what USDA programs are available to support these efforts.  We’ll discuss state Purchase of Development Rights programs and how they can be used to expand affordable land access.  We will also consider ways that tax laws, such as current use, might be used to strengthen land tenure, and will highlight Connecticut’s one-of-a-kind Farmland Restoration Program. Presenters include Kathy Ruhf with Land For Good, Cris Coffin with American Farmland Trust, and Kip Kolesinskas, former CT state soil scientist and consulting conservation scientist.

    After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.

    System Requirements
    PC-based attendees
    Required: Windows® 8, 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server
    Mac®-based attendees
    Required: Mac OS® X 10.6 or newer
    Mobile attendees
    Required: iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phone or Android tablet

  • 04Sep

    2014 Growers’ Academy – a partner of the Virginia Beginning Farmer and Rancher Coalition!

    6-session learning series focused on sustainable farming methods and business models

    When: September 23 – October 28, 2014: Tuesdays, 6-9 pm

    Where: Wytheville, Virginia – southwest VA. Farm Credit of the Virginias Business Classroom: 660 Pepper’s Ferry Road, Wytheville

    The Virginia Tech Catawba Sustainability Center is now offering the popular Growers’ Academy in Wytheville. This series of courses is specifically designed to help new and transitioning agricultural businesses succeed. The learning series is focused on low-input crop production techniques and launching your own farm business. Instructors include resource professionals and farm business owners.  Topics include:

    Topics: Introduction to Whole Farm Planning; Business and Finance; Soil and Pest Management; Good Agricultural Practices & Food Safety; Marketing; Crops and Crop Planning

    This 6-session course* is $225.  Limited scholarships are available, please inquire.

    For more information and online registration, visit: http://www.cpe.vt.edu/grac/

    Or contact:  Josh Nease - Virginia Tech Catawba Sustainability Manager

    108 N. Jefferson Street, Suite 701, Roanoke, VA 24016; Phone: 540-553-2311 or jnease@vt.edu


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