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.

Winter 2019-2020 Calendar

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


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

  • Tuesday, November 19th, 2019 (1 – 4pm) @ Massaro Farm – 41 Ford Road in Woodbridge


Review of Top 10 Issues on Veg Farms in 2019: Pests, Disease, Soils, Climate Change, Oh My!
With Matt DeBacco & Kip Kolesinskas

  • Tuesday, December 10th, 2019 (3:30 – 6:30pm) @ Tolland Ag Center – 24 Hyde Avenue in Vernon
  • January 29th, 2020 (3:30 – 6:30pm) @ Brainerd Memorial Library – 920 Saybrook Rd. in Haddam


Farmland Access
With Will O’Meara (Land For Good)

  • Monday, December 16th, 2019 (3 – 6pm) @ Common Ground Highschool – 358 Springside Ave in New Haven
  • February 6th, 2020 (3 – 6pm) @ Hartford County Extension Center, Exchange Building – Suite 262
    Building 4, 270 Farmington Ave in Farmington  (Click here for > Directions Hartford County Extension Center)


Small Fruit Production for Small Scale Farming
With Mary Concklin (UConn Extension & Raspberry Knoll Farm)

  • Wednesday, December 18th, 2019 (3 – 6pm) @ The Buchanan Room, Mansfield Public Library – 54 Warrenville Road in Mansfield Center


Managing Invasive Species on Small Farms
Bryan Connolly (Framingham State University & Cobblestone Farm)

  • February 2020 – (Details TBD)


Season Extension Day!

  • Saturday, February 1, 2020 @ Middlesex County Extension Center – 1066 Saybrook Rd, Haddam (View Flyer Here Season Extension Day!)

Greenhouse/Tunnel Construction
Winter Production in Greenhouses/Tunnels
Keynote Speaker: Andrew Mefferd, of Growing for Market
Other presenters: Toby Fischer of Connecticut Greenhouse Company, Steve Munno of Massaro Community Farm and Nancy Barrett, UConn Extension – Risk Management
Lunch is included in $20 registration fee.
RSVP online

Market Access and Food Safety: The potential for Farm to School to scale up your business
Shannon Raider-Ginsberg  & Indu Upadhyaya (UConn Extension)

  • Wednesday, February 5th, 2020 (4 – 7pm) – (Hartford area Location TBD)