Author: Frances Champagne

Newest Crop Insurance Program

Small-scale, diversified farmers – have you heard the news? There’s a new insurance program available from USDA called Micro Farm insurance, available specifically for farmers making up to $350,000 annually. If you’ve thought federal crop insurance didn’t apply to you before, well, things are starting to change!
CT will have an in-person workshop at the Tolland Ag. Center, Vernon, CT –  Dec 1, 2022 (10am – 5pm, morning and afternoon sessions) It’s Free and Lunch is included!

This workshop is a sequence of five parts, divided into Session One and Session Two.  Session One (Parts A and B) covers Micro Farm eligibility requirements and the application process. In Session Two (Parts C, D, and E), we’ll look at ways to refine your financial recordkeeping. We invite you to attend one or both sessions depending on your interests and needs.

Session 1: Micro Farm Insurance – What is This and Who is Eligible?(Part A) Leave knowing whether Micro Farm insurance is applicable to your operation and what other risk management options are available if you are currently ineligible.

Session 1: Micro Farm Insurance – Applying for Insurance and What You Need to Know(Part B) Leave knowing how to apply for and benefit from Micro Farm insurance, and what financial records you will need. Understand how the insurance premium and coverage works, and how to work with an insurance agent and place a claim.

Session 2: Refining Your RecordsRefine your financial recordkeeping to better manage your farm business and prepare you for the Micro Farm insurance program.    (Part C) Understanding Your Farm’s Financial Records    (Part D) Preparing a Schedule F Tax Form    (Part E) Steps for Improving Your Financial Recordkeeping

Can’t attend but still could use the help? Check out these self-guided tools:

Check out The Carrot Project’s resources on USDA Micro Farm insurance and register for workshops here:

If you have any questions or would like individualized support, reach out to Amanda Chang, Outreach Coordinator at The Carrot Project, at or 617-674-2371 x 10.
This material is based upon work supported by USDA/NIFA under Award Number 2021-70027-34693.

Ag Mechanics Series

Our well-loved Ag-Mechanic Series is BAAAAACK!

With limited spaces, these trainings are meant to give you the basics on some of the common “mechanics” dilemmas you might face at your farm.  As a friendly reminder, these trainings are meant for those that are farming or intend to farm for a profit.  If you are interested in gaining skills in farming as a hobby, please reference this other great UConn program:

To register for any of these trainings, visit: 

Each class is $25 and includes a delicious lunch.  Please contact us if cost is prohibitive and we will work with you to make this affordable

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.

Spanish Produce Safety Training Videos

Produce Safety Training VideosAvailable in Spanish and English

Attention Farmers: UConn Extension’s 2 farm worker training videos are available now in Spanish. These are to help you with training your Spanish speaking employees in produce safety practices. These resources will help make your employees follow proper food safety on farm and ensure a safe food production. The videos were made possible in collaboration with CT Department of Ag. For more information on produce safety, and FDA’s FSMA Produce Safety Rule please visit:

  1. Spanish: Farm worker training: Harvest: – Capacitación de Trabajadores Agrícolas – Prácticas de Cosecha Segura

           English: Farm worker training: A Day in the life of a farm worker: Part l: Safe           Harvesting Practices:

  1. Spanish: Farm worker training: Post-Harvest: – Capacitación de Trabajadores Agrícolas – Prácticas Seguras de Poscosecha

           English: Farm worker training: A Day in the life of a farm worker: Part II: Safe           Post-harvest Practices videos are also available on the food safety website along with a video on FSMA rule FAQs: more questions or queries, please contact, 860-786-8191.

Farmland Mixer

OUR LAST FARMLAND MIXER for the foreseeable future is coming up on DEC. 4TH.   So if you want to hear about some great land opportunities, talk about how to go about finding land, OR have some land you want to sell or lease yourself, then you should join us at our Farmland Mixer !

We already have some land opportunities already registered and are excited to share a preview below!

  • 50+ acres in Franklin for lease at the Vineyard (where the event is located)- livestock, vegetables, flowers, small fruit, hay.
  • up to 50 acres in Morris for lease- livestock, small fruit, orchard, hay
  • 200 acres in Preston for lease, partnership, or sale  dairy, field crops, other


This  FREE event will be happening at The Vineyard At Franklin on Sunday, December 4th. (931 RT-32 North Franklin, CT 06254)

There is an optional Field walk with Kip Kolesinskas from 12-1pm

Event proper will run from 1-3pm (with, of course, some great food and drink)

2023 Vegetable & Small Fruit Growers’ Conference & Trade Show: We’re Back!

UConn Extension’s 2023 Vegetable & Small Fruit Growers’ Conference
Wednesday, January 4, 2023
Sheraton Hartford South Hotel
100 Capital Blvd, Rocky Hill, CT 06067

Trade Show: 8:00-8:55, 10:00-10:45, 12:00 -1:00
8:00-8:55 Registration, breakfast, socialize, visit trade show

Morning Moderator – Mary Concklin, Fruit Extension Specialist Emeritus, UConn
8:55 Welcome: Indrajeet Chaubey, Dean of CAHNR, UConn
9:00 Nutrient management in sweet corn George Hamilton, Emeritus Professor, UNH
9:30 Vegetable benefits and disease control of nanotechnology Wade Elmer, CAES
10:00 Announcements
10:15 Break (trade show/coffee &tea)
10:45 Plug strawberries VS bare root strawberries – pros and cons of both Tim Nourse, Nourse Farms11:15 Small scale bean threshing project with UConn engineering students Susan Mitchell,
Cloverleigh Farm
11:35 Trap crop- UConn research update Ana Legrand, UConn
11:50 New opportunities to sell to K-12 schools and early care providers. Jiff Martin, UConn
12:00-1:00 Lunch break/trade show
Afternoon Moderator – Shuresh Ghimire, Vegetable Extension Specialist, UConn
1:00 Winter Growing in low tunnels. Robert Durgy, CAES
1:30 Drone imaging to monitor potato leafhopper damage in the field. Chandi Witharana, UConn1:45 Strawberries and irrigation/fertigation Trevor Hardy and Zoe Stapp, Brookdale Fruit Farm2:15 Ozone microbubble for produce safety Abhinav Upadhyay, UConn
2:30 No-till and soil health growers’ panel Jamie Jones, Jones Family Farm, Bryan O’Hara, Tobacco Road Farm, others TBD
3:30 Pesticide recertification credits and socialize: 4 CEU to be confirmed


Regular: Early Bird (prior to 12/29) $50.00 (+$1.00 processing fee)
After 12/29 $70.00 same day registration will be available, cash or check only

Student: Early Bird (prior to 12/29) $30.00
After 12/29: $50.00, same day registration will be available, cash or check only. You MUST
present your school or student ID when you check in the day of the event.

Trade Show: We have 30-35 tables available for a
trade show held during the conference for
$130.00 per table. Tables will be first come,
first serve basis, and have sold out in the
past. Register at


Contact 860 875-3331 if you have any questions.

FSMA Produce Safety Course

FSMA Produce Safety Rule/Produce Safety Alliance Approved Grower Training Course (In person)

November 30, December 1; December 2, Snow Date
8:30 am through 3:30 pm
Middlesex County Extension Center
1066 Saybrook Rd
Haddam, CT

Registration Deadline Friday, 11/18
Space limited to 30 participants.

REGISTRATION: Course fee is $50. The preferred method of registration/payment is through the CAHNR Conferences site, paying with a credit card. Please include both a work and cell/home phone number and regularly used email address in case of emergency or cancellation.