Upcoming Young Farmer Events Feb-Mar 2016

NYFC Young Farmers

Check out these upcoming young farmer events throughout the country:

Albuquerque, NM — February 19-20 — New Mexico Organic Farming Conference At the Marriott Albuquerque Pyramid North, 5151 San Francisco Rd. NE Come find NYFC and chapter members at our table! Stay for workshop sessions and our annual Career Connections event (details below). More info.  Albuquerque, NM — February 19 — Career Connections at the New Mexico Organic Farming Conference 6 - 8 p.m. in the ballroom Come find the farm or ranch job you’ve always wanted. Co-hosted by the Quivira Coalition and NYFC affiliate chapter Rio Grande Farmers Coalition. More info. Hartford, CT — February 20 — Annual Meeting and Hootenanny hosted by the New CT Farmer Alliance 6 - 10 p.m. at The Dirt Salon The evening will include live music, delicious local food, CT craft beer, opportunities to meet other farmers, and The Cabbage Moth Radio Hour, a casual time to tell stories and have the chance to win a pair of tickets to an upcoming WNPR show. The event is free and membership is not required. More info and RSVP. Forestville, CA — February 20 — The Farmers Guild-Raising 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. at Shone Farm Agrarian communities from across California converge in Sonoma County to re-envision our food system. We call upon you, farmers and good food advocates alike, to come forge local solutions to our agricultural and food system challenges and return home with new connections, tools, and inspiration to enhance your farm and empower your community. Workshops all day, keynote presentation by Paul Kaiser of Singing Frogs Farm. The day will conclude with the Agrarian Lovers Ball. The Up Up Farm Film Festival will take place the following day. Admission only $15. More info. Asheville, NC — February 20 — Young Farmer Mixer hosted by WNCYFC 7 p.m. at Burial Beer Co. Come meet other young farmers in WNC and learn more about the National Young Farmers Coalition’s student loan forgiveness campaign for farmers. We’ll be meeting after ASAP’s Business of Farming Conference wraps up. La Crosse, WI — February 25-27 — 27th annual Moses Organic Farming Conference This is the largest event in the U.S. about organic and sustainable farming. NYFC will be tabling in the upper level concourse. Land Access Program Director, Holly Rippon-Butler, will co-host a land access roundtable from 12:30 - 1:15 p.m. on Friday and present a workshop on "Financing and Creative Land Options" from3:30-5 p.m. on Friday. More info. La Crosse, WI — February 25-27 — Land Access Roundtable @ MOSES 12:30 - 1:15 p.m. at the tables in the back of the concourse near the entrance to the Radisson skyway NYFC and the Land Stewardship Project are working together to better understand land access, in the Midwest and we want to hear from you. Share your land access challenges, successes, and suggestions—what has worked, what hasn't, and where we can make policy and program changes that will help. More info. La Crosse, WI — February 26 —NYFC New Farmer Mixer at Moses 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the North Hall Lower Level, Room G Join us for trivia, prizes, and the opportunity to meet other young farmers! Columbus, GA — February 26-27 — Georgia Organics Conference and Expo The conference is one of the largest sustainable agriculture expos in the South, attracting farmers, health advocates, gardeners, parents, DIYers, and everyone in-between who cares about healthy foods, farms and families. More info. Providence, RI — February 29, March 7 and March 14 — Farmer Short Course: MACHINE SMARTS, Part 1 3 - 5 p.m. or 6-8 p.m. at 186 Carpenter St. Small engine mechanics three session working group. With Carl Sawyer of URI as our fearless and endlessly wise leader, we will look at components and operation of single-cylinder, air-cooled, four-stroke, and two stroke engines. We'll take apart engines together and put them back together. Maintenance, troubleshooting, and minor repairs will be discussed. More info. Greenwich, NY — March 3 — Second Annual Farmer Mixer 5:30 pm at the Old Station Inn, 65 Bleeker Street NYFC and the Agricultural Stewardship Association are hosting a second annual farmer mixer for the Upper Hudson Young Farmers Network. The event is a potluck and the Old Station Inn will have beer on tap. Bristol RI — March 9 — Farmer Storytelling: Disasters 6 - 8:30 p.m. at Mt Hope Farm The RI Food Policy Council, Mt Hope Farm, and YFN are hosting an evening of Farmer Storytelling: Disasters. Dinner will be served. More info. Gunnison, CO — March 11 — Vision Course for Aspiring Farmers and Ranchers & Farmer/Land Access Training 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at CSU Extension, 275 S. Spruce St.
 Co-hosted by Guidestone Colorado and NYFC. NYFC will present an afternoon workshop on partnering with land trusts and other tools for securing land access. The training will be followed by a farmer mixer at a local brewery and will precede the Annual Colorado Land Link Forum. Gunnison, CO — March 12 — Annual Colorado Land Link Forum Western State Colorado University, 600 N. Adams St.
 The forum is a place for the next generation of farmers and ranchers, service providers, conservation professionals, and landowners to explore land access strategies for new farmers. More info to come. Denver, CO — March 19 — Front Range Beginning Farmers Conference Save the date! Hosted at the Denver Botanic Gardens. More info coming soon. Millville, MN — March 19 — Land Access Forum The Land Stewardship Project will host a lunch and discussion for farmers followed by an optional farm tour at a nearby vegetable farm to talk about land access challenges, successes, and suggestions for change. Call Karen Stettler at (507) 523-3366 or email stettler@landstewardshipproject.org for more information. Des Moines, IA — March 31 — Land Access Forum NYFC and the Iowa Farmers Union will host a forum for farmers to discuss land access challenges, successes, and suggestions for change. More details coming soon.

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