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grow your farm skills!

from the comfort of your own home. home

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!
UPCOMING COURSES:


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farmscale permaculture

October 2-5, 2014
Iowa City, IA 52240

IMG_4071Do you want to plan, install, and operate large-scale permaculture systems for maximum resiliency and economic stability?   Ready to learn from international experts in tree crops, keyline design, and multi-species grazing?

We’re all in a unique place in history.  Our motivations are clear: live an enjoyable life, earn a living from a sustainable and regenerative source, and build security while facing an uncertain future.  The only reliable way to fulfill these goals, for ourselves and the greater world, is to scale-up permaculture.  Farmscale Permaculture is the process of rolling out scalable systems that feed lots of people and rebuild ecosystems – changing how Earth looks from space.

Hosted at VersaLand, an emerging 145-acre regenerative savanna actively transforming a degraded monocultural landscape into an abundant agroecosystem.  You can see it happening with your own eyes.

It’s possible, it’s being done, and it’s easier than you think.

More information here

 


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support the young farmer network

The Young Farmer Network is a grassroots, farmer-led organization of farmers, aspiring farmers, and farm allies from all YFN_logobackgrounds, and of all experience levels.Their network is based in Rhode Island and includes farms and farmers from across southeastern Massachusetts and eastern Connecticut. Here’s the scoop on their current fundraiser:

It’s midsummer. We are knee deep in weeds, rich in radishes, and halfway through a season of beautiful and informative Young Farmer Nights. To everyone whose farms we’ve visited or who we’ve seen at farmers markets and other events: thank you for your work, and for your participation in this local food system we’re all investing in. We’re writing now to ask for your support to allow us to continue this great work in the future.
We began as a network of volunteer farmer-organizers in 2009 and have grown steadily since. Today we have a reach of nearly 400 people, coordinate over 25 annual farmer-to-farmer events, have a library of workshop guides and equipment, and will be offering several six week long short courses for farmers during the winter.  Continue reading


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MOFGA’s farm & homestead day

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So many people asked, “Whatever happened to Small Farm Field Day?” that a group of dedicated volunteers decided to resurrect the event as Farm & Homestead Day at MOFGA. The emphasis is on teaching rural living skills through a variety of hands-on activities. The event will be held this year on Saturday, June 14, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at MOFGA’s Common Ground Education Center in Unity.

Workshops will include tool sharpening, raising meat rabbits, leather working, all things scythe and many more. The fiber area will have spinning, weaving, carding, felting and other workshops. Come learn to use a treadle sewing machine!  Continue reading


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more land access training workshops for new york

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Agrarian Trust’s May 3rd training workshop with the NY State Agricultural Mediation Program (NYAMP), Negotiation Your Way to Land, is SOLD OUT. You can get a podcast of the program by joining the Agrarian Trust email list.

For those of you in the Hudson Valley, there are two more workshops coming up THIS weekend, hosted by the the Hudson Valley Farmlink Network (HVFN), a project of the American Farmland Trust (AFT) and a partnership of organizations dedicated to improving access to farmland for next generation farmers.

These workshops are focused on farm leasing for farmers and landowners, include farm leasing panels and networking sessions, and will take place in Ulster County and Orange County on May 4th and May 6th, respectively. The workshops will feature panel discussions with local farmers, landowners and attorneys with leasing experience and cover issues including: farm leasing basics; legal issues; farmer and landowner perspectives on what works; common mistakes to avoid; and negotiating the right farm lease for your situation. There will also be opportunities for informal networking sessions with regional farmers and landowners to explore potential matches and to further develop leasing plans.

The May 4 Ulster County workshop will be held at the Ulster County Fairgrounds in the 4-H Youth Building, 249 Libertyville Road, New Paltz from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. To register call 845-340-3990 or email to: emh56@cornell.edu.  The cost of the workshop is $5 per person and includes snacks and drinks. Pre-register by May 1.

The May 6 Orange County workshop will be held at Kaplan Hall, The Great Room at SUNY Orange Newburgh Campus, One Washington Center, Newburgh from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.   To register, call 845-344-1234 or send email to: mru2@cornell.edu. The cost of this workshop is $10 for an individual or $15 for a farm or family and includes snacks and drinks. Pre-register by May 2.

Funding for both workshops is provided by the United States Department of Agriculture Risk Management Agency.

For more information about these workshops and other Hudson Valley Farmlink Network projects, contact Tim Biello at tbiello@farmland.org.

 


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UVM summer experience

Study Sustainable Farming this Summer at the University of Vermontsoil-hands
Learn sustainable farming at UVM’s Catamount Educational Farm this summer in beautiful Burlington, Vermont – a hot-spot for community-based food and agricultural systems. Be part of the vibrant learning environment of the farm that cultivates over 10 acres of vegetables and fruit for the UVM community while educating the next generation of sustainable food producers. Credit and non-credit options available. Read more about the classes and enroll here: http://www.uvm.edu/~summer/catamount-farm/
If this sounds awesome, but you are still in high school, you are in luck! Check out the Summer Academy Intro to Sustainable Vegetable Farming Class: http://bit.ly/precollegefarming
If want to know more about the farm, click here: http://learn.uvm.edu/partners/cals/programs/catamount-educational-farm/
If you have any questions, email us at farmer @uvm.edu or call (802)656 8642. Happy spring!


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summer offerings at sterling college

Sterling College’s continuing education courses are inspired by the artisans and the landscape of the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, and by our philosophy of a liberal arts edcuation through the lens of ecology.

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Our two-week and four-week short courses offer unparalleled opportunities in ecology, outdoor education, sustainable agriculture, environmental humanities, and sustainable food systems. These hands-on classes and field studies allow students to gain inspiration, skills, and new perspectives.

Take a look at our many courses below. If you have any questions, or need further information, please contact Laura Lea Berry, Coordinator of Academic Programs, at 802-586-7711 x107, or email her atlberry@sterlingcollege.edu

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