Solid Ground Farmer Trainings

 

Solid Ground Farmer Trainings: Strengthening Our Farms Across Connecticut

These trainings are based on input from Beginning Farmers (BFs) as well as UConn Extension’s recent experience with BFs.

  • 100-level for producers with 0-3 years experience
  • 200-level for producers with 4-10 years experience

2017-2018 TRAINING CALENDAR

All Solid Ground Trainings are FREE unless noted otherwise.

 

BF 101: New Farmer Business Planning
With Joe Bonelli (UConn Extension)

  • Saturday March 10th, 2018 (10am – 1pm) hosted by Green Village Initiative @ Bridgeport Public Library – 925 Broad Street, Bridgeport CT Bridgeport CT

 

BF 102: Setting up Financial Records for Farm Business
With Ted LeBow (Kitchen Table Consultants)

  • Monday December 4th, 2017 (2 – 5pm), hosted by Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, 101 Pequot Trail, Ledyard CT
  • Tuesday December 5th, 2017 (9am – 12pm), hosted by Knox Inc, Hartford CT
  • Tuesday December 5th, 2017 (3 – 6pm), @ Killingly Ag High School – 226 Putnam Pike Killingly CT
  • Wednesday January 3rd, 2018 (9am -12pm), @ Grow Windham – 872 Main Street Willimantic CT

 

BF 103: Finding, Evaluating Farm Sites, Leasing Farmland

 

BF 104: Soil Health & Management

 

BF 105: Fruit Production for Small Scale Farming

 

BF 106: Vegetable Production for Small Scale Farming
With Matt DeBacco

  • Saturday January 27th, 2018 (10am – 1pm), hosted by Green Village Initiative @ Bridgeport Public Library – 925 Broad Street, Bridgeport CT Bridgeport CT
  • Thursday February 8th, 2018 (5 – 8pm), @ Killingly Ag High School – 226 Putnam Pike Killingly CT
  • Tuesday February 27th, 2018 (7 – 9pm), @ UConn Extension Bethel Office – 67 Stony Hill Rd, Bethel, CT

 

BF 107: Tree Fruit Production for Small Scale Farming
With Mary Conklin

 

BF 108: Adding a Profitable Meat Enterprise to Your Farm Business

  • Date & Time TBD, @ Common Ground High School – 358 Springside Ave, New Haven, CT

 

BF 109: Finding Your Market – Advantages & Challenges of Different Marketing Channels
With Allyson Angelini & Keith Padin (Full Heart Farm)

  • Saturday December 2nd, 2017 (10:30 – 1:30), @ Grow Windham – 872 Main Street Willimantic CT
  • Wednesday March 7th, 2018 (5 – 8pm), @ Killingly Ag High School – 226 Putnam Pike Killingly CT
  • Saturday March 24th, 2018 (10am – 1pm), @ Knox Inc – 75 Laurel Street, Hartford CT

 

BF 110: Growing Crops in Low, High and Movable Tunnels
With Steve Munno (Massaro Farm)

  • Tuesday November 28th, 2017 (4-7pm), @ Community Farm of Simsbury – 73 Wolcott Rd, Simsbury, CT
  • Tuesday January 9th, 2018 (7-9pm), @ UConn Extension Bethel Office – 67 Stony Hill Rd, Bethel, CT
  • Tuesday February 20th, 2018 (4 – 7pm), @ Common Ground High School – 358 Springside Ave, New Haven, CT

 

BF 120: Irrigation and Water Management Systems
With Mark Palladino (Wild Carrot Farm)

  • Saturday December 16th, 2017 (10am – 1pm), hosted by Green Village Initiative @ Bridgeport Public Library – 925 Broad Street, Bridgeport CT
  • Saturday January 20th, 2018 (10am – 1pm), @ Community Farm of Simsbury – 73 Wolcott Rd, Simsbury, CT

 

BF 140: Post-Harvest Handling
With Kerry Taylor (Provider Farm)

  • Saturday January 6th, 2018 (10:30am – 1:30pm), @ Grow Windham – 872 Main Street Willimantic CT

 

BF 150: Cover Cropping – Why, How & When for Farmers Getting Started
With NRCS

  • Tuesday January 30th, 2018 (7-9pm), @ UConn Extension Bethel Office – 67 Stony Hill Rd, Bethel, CT
  • Saturday February 17th, 2018 (10am – 1pm), hosted by Green Village Initiative @ Bridgeport Public Library – 925 Broad Street, Bridgeport CT
  • Saturday March 10th, 2018 (10am – 1pm) @ Common Ground High School – 358 Springside Ave, New Haven, CT

 

BF 201: Planning and Growing Cover Crops (4-hour Intensive Training)
With Eero Ruuttila (Johnny’s Select Seeds)

  • Monday January 22nd, 2018 (4 – 8pm), @ Community Farm of Simsbury – 73 Wolcott Rd, Simsbury, CT
  • Tuesday January 23rd, 2018 (4 – 8pm), @ Common Ground High School – 358 Springside Ave, New Haven, CT

 

BF 202: Financial Record Keeping for Farm Operations
With Ted LeBow (Kitchen Table Consultants)

  • Wednesday January 3rd, 2018 (3 – 6pm), hosted by Knox Inc, Hartford CT
  • Thursday January 4th, 2018 (10am – 1pm), hosted by Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, 101 Pequot Trail, Ledyard CT

 

BF 204: Eco-Focused Farming Practices – Soil & Foliar Fertility, Appropriate Tillage,  Beneficial Insects, & More…
With Bryan O’Hara (Tobacco Road
Farm)

  • Saturday December 16th, 2017 (10:30am – 1:30pm),@ Grow Windham – 872 Main Street Willimantic CT
  • Tuesday February 13th, 2018 (Time TBD), @ Community Farm of Simsbury – 73 Wolcott Rd, Simsbury, CT
  • Saturday March 24th, 2018 (10am – 1pm), @ Common Ground High School – 358 Springside Ave, New Haven, CT

 

BF 210: Design Fundamentals for Greenhouse & Tunnels

 

BF 220 & 230: Safety & Maintenance for Small Engines & Power Tools

  • October 16th, 2017 (9am – 3pm), @ Killingly Ag High School – 226 Putnam Pike Killingly CT

 

BF 221: Tractor Safety & Maintenance

  • October 14th & 15th, 2017 (9am – 5pm), @ Killingly Ag High School – 226 Putnam Pike Killingly CT

 

BF 240: Pesticide Safety – for both conventional and organic producers
With Mary Conklin

  • Tuesday March 13th, 2018 (7 – 9pm), @ UConn Extension Bethel Office – 67 Stony Hill Rd, Bethel, CT

 

BF 250: Climate Change and Adaptation Strategies

 

 


Want to know more details on upcoming Solid Ground Farmer Trainings? Need to register?  Contact Charlotte Ross or 860-875-3331

 

 

 

 

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This project is sponsored by the USDA-NIFA Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program Award #2016-70017-25416