Solid Ground Farmer Trainings

Strengthening Our Farms Across Connecticut

Trainings are based on input from Beginning Farmers & UConn Extension’s recent experience working with Beginner Farmers.

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

Winter 2018-2019 Calendar

 

All Solid Ground Trainings are FREE (unless noted otherwise).

Spanish translation available upon request!

 

3rd Annual Agricultural Re$ource Fair

  • Saturday February 2nd, 2019 (9am-4:30pm) @ Auerfarm — 158 Auer Farm Rd., Bloomfield  FREE – Register here!

 

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

  • Date & Time TBD, @ GVI Office — 150 Gregory St., Bridgeport

 

BF 102: Setting up Financial Records for Farm Business
With Kitchen Table Consultants

  • Saturday February 2nd, 2019 (12:30pm – 4:30pm) @ Auerfarm — 158 Auer Farm Rd., Bloomfield

 

BF 103: Finding, Evaluating Farm Sites, Leasing Farmland
With Kip Kolesinskas

  • Saturday December 1st, 2018 (10am – 1pm) @ GVI Office — 150 Gregory St., Bridgeport

 

BF 104: Soil Health & Management
With Kip Kolesinskas

 

BF 106: Vegetable Production for Small Scale Farming
With Matt DeBacco & Shuresh Ghimire (UConn Extension)

  • Saturday January 5th, 2019 (10am – 1pm) @ Brainerd Memorial Library – 920 SAYBROOK ROAD, HADDAM (new location!)
  • Saturday February 23rd, 2019 (Time TBD) @ CT-NOFA Winter Conference
  • Monday March 11th, 2019 (4 – 7pm) @ Tolland County Ag Center – 24 Hyde Avenue, Vernon

 

BF 107: Tree Fruit Production for Small Scale Farming
With Mary Conklin (UConn Extension)

  • Tuesday February 26th, 2019 (7 – 9pm) @ Fairfield County Extension Center – 67 Stony Hill Road, Bethel

 

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

  • Tuesday December 4th, 2018 (4 – 7pm) @ Killingly Ag High School – 226 Putnam Pike, Dayville
  • Saturday January 26th, 2019 (10am – 1pm) @ KNOX Inc. – 75 Laurel Street, Hartford

 

BF 125: Agriculture Engineering on Small Farms for Post-harvest handling
With Chris Callahan (UVM Extension)

  • Wednesday November 14th (1 – 4pm) @ Russo’s Roots Farm – 289 North Society Rd, Canterbury
  • Thursday November 15th (9am – 12pm) @ Gifts of Love Farm –

 

BF 130: Marketing: Branding 101
With Keith Padin (Full Heart Farm)

  • Saturday December 8th, (10am – 1pm) @ Grow Windham – 872 Main Street, Willimantic
  • Tuesday February 12th, (7 – 9pm) @ Fairfield County Extension Center – 67 Stony Hill Road, Bethel

 

BF 140: Marketing: Streamlining Your Social Media
With Allyson Angelini (Full Heart Farm)

  • Saturday December 15th, (10am – 1pm) @ Grow Windham – 872 Main Street, Willimantic

 

BF 155: Getting Started in Direct Sales: Farmers Market, Wholesale & Agritourism

  • Hosted by GVI, Date and Time TBD, @ GVI Office — 150 Gregory St., Bridgeport

 

BF 202: Financial Record Keeping for Farm Operations
With Kitchen Table Consultants

  • Saturday February 2nd, 2019 (12:30pm – 4:30pm) @ Auerfarm — 158 Auer Farm Rd., Bloomfield

 

BF 204: Soil Health and Conservation Plannning
With Kip Kolesinskas and Katherine van der Woude

  • Date and Location TBD

 

BF 220: Safety & Maintenance for Small Engines & Power Tools
With Shane LeBrake

  • Sunday October 14th, 2018 (9am – 4pm) @ Massaro Farm – 41 Ford Road in Woodbridge
    • 10/14 offering will be presented in Spanish!
  • Monday October 15th, 2018 (9am – 4pm) @ Massaro Farm – 41 Ford Road in Woodbridge

 

BF 221: Tractor Safety & Maintenance
With Shane LeBrake

  • Saturday October 13th, 2018 (9am – 4pm) @ Massaro Farm – 41 Ford Road in Woodbridge

 

BF 240: Pesticide Safety – for Conventional and Organic Producers
With Mary Concklin (UConn Extension)

  • Wednesday January 9th, 2019 (5 – 8pm) @ Gifts of Love Farm –
  • Tuesday March 12th, 2019 (4 – 7pm) @ Killingly Ag High School – 226 Putnam Pike, Dayville  

 

BF 250: Climate Change & Adaptation Strategies
With Kip Kolesinskas

  • Wednesday December 12th, 2018 (4 – 7pm) @ Common Ground High School –  358 Springside Ave. New Haven
  • Saturday January 19th, 2019 (10am – 1pm) @ Gifts of Love Farm –

 

BF 255: Managing Invasive Plant Species on Small Farms

  • Gifts of Love Farm –
  • Common Ground High School –  358 Springside Ave. New Haven (Date & Time TBD)
  • Grow Windham – 872 Main Street, Willimantic (Date & Time TBD)

 

BF 260W: Operate Your Chainsaw with Safety & Confidence – FOR WOMEN
* day-long training* With Tom Worthley (UConn Extension)

  • Saturday March 30th, 2019 (8am – 4pm) @ Four Root Farm – 257 Tater Hill Rd, East Haddam  (Snow Date of Saturday April 6th, 2019)

 

BF 270: Welding Basics for Agriculture
With Ken Couture (Killingly Ag High School)

  • Saturday January 12th, 2019 (8:30am – 4pm) @ Killingly Ag High School – 226 Putnam Pike, Dayville 
  • Saturday February 9th, 2019 (8:30am – 4pm) @ Killingly Ag High School – 226 Putnam Pike, Dayville
    * REGISTRATION REQUIRED (No Walk-ins) *

 

Past Trainings (Fall 2016 – Spring 2018):

BF 105: Fruit Production for Small Scale Farming

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

BF 109: Finding Your Market – Advantages & Challenges of Different Marketing Channels

BF 120: Irrigation and Water Management Systems

BF 145: Post-Harvest Handling

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

BF 201: Planning and Growing Cover Crops

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

 

 

Our Partners:

     common-ground    grow-windham

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

 

 

 

Charlotte Ross is Owner/Operator of Sweet Acre Farm, a Certified Organic mixed vegetable and flower farm in Lebanon, CT.  She is also the Program Coordinator for the Solid Ground Farmer Training Program, a BFRDP-funded training series for growers in CT that is offered through UConn Extension.  She is a Steering Committee member of the New CT Farmer Alliance, a group that aims to connect new growers in the state with their peers, creating a strong network of growers to resource-share and support each other in the hard, critical work of farming.

 

 

 

 

 

 

This project is sponsored by the USDA-NIFA Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program

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