Farmer Trainings

Farmer Trainings

Welcome to Solid Ground Farmer Trainings, a program of UConn CAHNR Extension. We are so excited to be offering another season of trainings including our Agro-Ecology and Ag-Mechanics trainings! Find out more information about learning opportunities below. Please note: These trainings are intended for production farmers in Connecticut, if you have a a hobby farm or are gardening, please reference this other wonderful UConn Extension program here: https://homegarden.cahnr.uconn.edu/ 

See our previous trainings. See what kind of topics we cover and get an idea of what we do.

If you have suggestions as to what kind of trainings you would like to see, please email our coordinator.

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Ag-Mechanics Series

  • Power Tools and Carpentry Basics 

Saturday Dec. 3rd, 9AM-3PM
Rockville Agri-Science High School, Vernon CT
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Get familiar with the power tools & carpentry skills that you’ll need on your farm. Learn to use an impact driver, drill, skill saw, table saw, & more. You’ll work with your new skills to complete a project to take home!

  • BCS/Walk-Behind Tractor

POSTPONED UNTIL SPRING
Nonnewaug Agri-Science High School, Woodbury  Agri-Science High School, CT
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Interested in scaling up and incorporating a walk behind tractor into your farming operation? Come learn the about the Italian-made BCS walk-behind tractor. We’ll cover how it can be used on the farm, safe operation, and practice attaching different implements.

  • Small Engine Maintenance and Repairs; 2-Stroke

Saturday Jan. 7th, 9AM-3PM
Nonnewaug Agri-Science High School, Woodbury  Agri-Science High School, CT
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Take apart a small engine that you find yourself using on the farm on a regular basis, and then learn how to put it back together again, all the while finding out how it works and how to address common problems.

  • Small Engine Maintenance and Repairs; 4-Stroke

Saturday Jan. 28th, 9AM-3PM
Nonnewaug Agri-Science High School, Woodbury  Agri-Science High School, CT
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Gain hands-on experience working on 4-stroke engines; walk behind tillers, log splitters and more. Maintenance and troubleshooting skills to put right to work on your own farm equipment.

  • Basic Welding For Beginners 

Saturday Feb. 11th, 9AM-3PM
Rockville Agri-Science High School, Vernon CT
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Intro to the basics of welding. Learn the proper personal protective equipment required and safety protocols to know before getting started. Instructor will go over the fundamentals of MIG and stick welding, teaching you techniques to get welds done safely and efficiently.

  • Advanced Welding Using Metal Inert Gas Methods

Saturday Feb. 25th, 9AM-3PM
Rockville Agri-Science High School, Vernon CT
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Did you attend our welding workshop in the past? Are you a novice welder? This workshop is perfect for you as we go deeper into welding using MIG (Metal Inert Gas) and take on bigger welding tasks that you might encounter on your farm

COST PER AG-MECHANICS WORKSHOP $25 - Lunch included. Please contact us if cost is prohibitive and we will work with you to make this affordable

Please contact us 2 weeks in advance with special needs (dietary, translation, accessibility, etc.) We'll do our best to accommodate you.

FOR ALL WORKSHOPS THAT INCLUDE TRAVEL: If the cost is prohibitive, Travel Stipends will be made available to participants at any event where travel is required to attend 

Please do not attend if you are not feeling well - you will receive a refund.