Farmer Trainings

Welcome to Solid Ground Farmer Trainings, a program of UConn CAHNR Extension.  We are excited to offer a new series for the 2021-2022 year!  If you would like to see a list of previous trainings, please click here to 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. If you would like to join our email list, so you can be updated on trainings we are presenting  in the state, please sign up for our email list at the top right of our navigation bar, or click here.

ON FARM COMPOSTING with Assawaga Farm

Tuesday Januaury 25th,

6:30PM-8PM over Zoom

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Building biologically active compost on small farms- Yoko and Alex will share their composting system, which uses very basic tools with a low starting cost. This method produces high quality compost that is used in small amounts for ongoing inoculation of the soil rather than to boost OM% or add significant amounts of nutrients. It is also excellent material to make compost extracts, teas and/or feeding worm bins.

POWER TOOLS & CARPENTRY BASICS TARGETTED TO BIPOC FARMERS

February 5th  (Snow date Feb. 19th)

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Nonnewaug Agri-Science High School, Woodbury CT- 9am-3pm

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! 

FIELD IRRIGATION-
February 12th (snow date Feb 26th)

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Rockville Agri-Science High School, Vernon CT- 9am-3pm

Irrigation is a critical part of growing food. Reliable water infrastructure is key! Learn about drip lines, sprinklers, overhead guns, tile drainage, and reliable sources for your irrigation components.

TRACTOR IMPLEMENT OPERATIONS, SAFETY & ADJUSTMENT

NEW DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON!

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Nonnewaug Agri-Science High School, Woodbury CT- 9am-3pm

Safe & precise hookup of tractor attachments is critical on farms! Whether it’s 3-point-hitch or PTO, if this process is intimidating or difficult for you, join us! Learn the tips for attaching, calibrating, using common tractor attachments smoothly & efficiently.

POWER TOOLS & CARPENTRY BASICS  For All

Date to be announced soon!

NO-TILL FIELD DAY- Bryan O'Hara, author, farmer
Saturday March 26th, 1PM-4PM

Tobacco Road Farm, Lebanon CT

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Bryan will provide mountains of details on agricultural techniques and will also demonstrate specific equipment adapted for No-Till operations. These specialized tools will be absolutely game changing for saving on labor and maximizing efficiencies on your farm.

ECOLOGICAL GROWING- Wayne Young, CT farmer
Saturday April 2, 1PM-3PM

High Hill Orchard, Meriden CT

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Explore how ecological growing can be implemented to support reduced or no pesticides use operations. Learn how building soil health leverages other natural systems in order to manage pests and environmental challenges.

COST PER AG-MECHANICS WORKSHOP $25 - Lunch included

If the cost is prohibitive, you may request a stipend for lost wages and/or travel, by emailing Rebecca.Toms@UConn.edu

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

COVID REQUIREMENTS: masks or cloth face coverings that cover a person's nose and mouth are required to be worn and we expect masks and social distancing measures to be used at this workshop.

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