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.

Ag-Mechanics Series

  • 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

  • BCS/Walk-Behind Tractor

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.

Partner Events

CT NOFA is proud to present their 41st Winter Conference, to be held the second week of March, kicking off on Monday, March 6th, 2023 with a week of live virtual workshops and concluding on March 11th with an in-person gathering and celebration at Wesleyan University.

We'll be offering a variety of live virtual workshops on farming, seed saving, organic land care, community food security, social justice issues, and more.

Join us in March as we learn, grow, innovate, and think critically about what we want our food system to look like in the future. Registration is open on a sliding scale ⏤ this model allows us to practice economic solidarity, providing mutual support for the cost of our programs. In this way, we make our education more accessible and help cover costs of operation. Choose the pricing tier that fits with your income and access to wealth, and help us create a more just, inclusive, and equitable conference.

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.