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: 

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.

Join our email list, so you can be updated on trainings we are presenting  in the state.

Climate Smart Adaptation Strategies for CT Farmers

Join UConn Extension Solid Ground program in a new ONLINE course that will help you understand the best practices for your farm in a changing climate.  Course includes expert instructors in various fields implementing climate smart agriculture practices, tools under $2000 that are suggested for use, virtual field trips and more.

Topics include: soil health, composting, using plastic and fabric mulches, managing water on the farm, biological pest control, etc.

Running fully online and asynchronously, so learn at your own pace.

The price of the course is $60- at course completion, participants will be refund $30 of the course fee.

The course will run from 11/29/2023 to 2/28/2024


2023 Ag Mechanics

 Title of class: Basic Welding for Beginners
Date: Saturday, December 9th
Time: 9am – 3pm
Location: Rockville High School, 70 Loveland Hill Rd, Vernon
Max Number of participants: 10

Description of class:
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

FULL- sign up for the waitlist


Title of class: Power Tool Safety & Carpentry Basics Training
Date: Saturday, December 16th
Time: 9am – 3pm
Location: WorkspaceCT, 16 Trowbridge Dr, Bethel
Max Number of participants: 10

Description of class:
Get familiar with the power tools and carpentry skills that you'll need on your farm. Learn how to use an impact driver, drill, skill saw, table saw and more. You will work with your new skills to complete a project to take home.

 FULL: sign up for the waitlist

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.