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Small Farm Innovation Project

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UConn College of Engineering and College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources, are developing a project-based learning curriculum that connects farmers to a collaborative team of students, faculty, Extension, and agriculture service providers, to help bring your ideas to fruition.

Do you have an idea for a new tool, or a way to scale down larger farm equipment for the small farmer, but need some support in designing it?

Have you already built something, but want to make it more durable?

Do you have an idea for a farm management tracking system, but need computer science expertise to implement?

Are you thinking about upgrading infrastructure on your farm, such as a composting, anerobic digesters, runoff management, water treatment systems, renewable energy, etc. but need a team to evaluate ideas?

Apply for:

Small farm Innovation Projects (Sign Up Here: )


Bring us your Innovative idea that we can develop and you’ll receive:Graphic about the small farmer innovation project

A participant stipend is available to support your time investment over the course of the nine month academic year. The time frame where most of your effort is expected is approximately October 2024 through March 2025.

Technical support and financial resources are available to support supplies or other needs for the project (up to $2000).

Expected from you:

Weekly or twice monthly meetings between you and the student team (3-5 engineering and agriculture students) virtually or in person as needed

Participation in surveys and an interview related to your experience so that we can improve this program in the future

Participation in Farm Hack event if relevant for your project (hosted by New CT Farmer in late January each year)

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 Con el apoyo de USDA NIFA (Premio no. 2024-70003-41449), estamos desarrollando un plan de estudios de aprendizaje basado en proyectos que conecta a los agricultores con un equipo colaborativo de estudiantes, profesores, UCONN Extensión y proveedores de servicios agrícolas, para ayudarle a hacer realidad sus ideas.

¿Tiene una idea para una nueva herramienta o una forma de reducir el tamaño de los equipos agrícolas más grandes para el pequeño agricultor, pero necesita ayuda para diseñarla?

¿Ya has construido algo, pero quieres hacerlo más duradero?

¿Tiene una idea para un sistema de seguimiento de gestión agrícola, pero necesita experiencia en informática para implementarla?

¿Está pensando en mejorar la infraestructura de su granja, como compostaje, digestores anaeróbicos, gestión de escorrentías, sistemas de tratamiento de agua, energía renovable, etc. pero necesita un equipo para evaluar ideas?

Aceptacion de solicitudes:


Un estipendio de participante está disponible para respaldar su inversión de tiempo durante el transcurso del año académico de nueve meses. El período de tiempo en el que se espera la mayor parte de su esfuerzo es aproximadamente desde octubre de 2024 hasta marzo de 2025.

Se dispone de apoyo técnico y recursos financieros para respaldar los suministros u otras necesidades del proyecto (hasta $2000).


Reuniones semanales o dos veces al mes entre usted y el equipo de estudiantes (3-5 estudiantes de ingeniería y agricultura) virtualmente o en persona según sea necesario

Participación en encuestas y una entrevista relacionada con tu experiencia para que podamos mejorar este programa en el futuro.

Participación en el evento Farm Hack si es relevante para su proyecto (organizado por New CT Farmer a finales de enero de cada año)


Aceptacion de solicitudes:


Urban Farmer Training Program 2024

Looking to bulk up your skills this season and really learn how to utilize your space and work within your environment?  Check out the class put on by our UConn Extension Urban Farming Educator, Jaqueline Kowalski!

The next course runs March 5-May 7, 2024 on Tuesday evenings from 6:30-8:30 pm.

Cost is: $15O, includes course materials, one soil test, and optional growing season field experience.Flier with flower, tomatoes and people and a list of topics


Sign up here:

Topics include:

  • Working with the city and zoning
  • Site selection and modification
  • Food justice in our communities
  • Intensive vegetable and flower production
  • Integrated pest management (IPM)
  • Season extension
  • Business of farming
  • Selling your product
  • Resources available to urban farmers

2024 CT Farm Energy Workshop

The 2024 CT Farm Energy Workshops are now open! There are 3 sessions you can attend.2024 CT Farm Energy Workshops, with a barn in the background and different dates and locations in the foreground

Free registration at:



Date: February 13th from 4:00PM – 5:30PM

Location: SCCOG Office – 5 Connecticut Ave, Norwich, CT. 06360


Date: February 20th from 2:30PM- 4:00PM

Location: UConn Extension Center – 24 Hyde Ave, Vernon, CT. 06066


Date: February 29th from 10:30AM- 12:00PM

Location: USDA NRCS Office – 54 Mill Pond Rd, Hamden, CT. 06514



UConn Extension’s Work With Climate Smart Agriculture

UConn Extension is dedicated to continuing to push Climate Smart Agriculture forward. Through workshops Extensionyoung lettuce plants in trays reaches farmers throughout Connecticut on how to farm for a sustainable future and keep them up to date on new improvements within agriculture. UConn Extension’s Solid Ground provides programs like the Climate Smart Adaptation Strategies for Beginning Farmers. Allowing incoming farmers to learn environmentally friendly ways to grow their crops and raise their livestock. Our Educators and Specialists work on important research, like Shuresh Ghimire’s work on Biodegradable Plastic Mulch, and how it permits growers in the state to find alternatives to plastic mulch without eliminating the benefits it brings. While working with organizations like SARE and USDA projects like improving efficiency with dairy- beef crosses and sustainable management of crop lands and forest push forward research in these fields. There is even research being done with nutrient management, with applying fertilizer and spreading manure on fields, as to not over apply on the fields which can run off and affect the surrounding environment.


Learn more about our work:

New Oyster Aquaculture Video in the CT Aquaculture Video Series

Man wearing blue hat talking in front of water. Label that says Steve Plant This week’s video is Oyster aquaculture – A hybrid approach using gear and bottom culture and features Steve Plant of Connecticut Cultured Oysters in Noank. Visit our YouTube Playlist which contains a variety of videos showcasing the state’s aquaculture industry. We’ll add more every week or so!

You can also find links to the video and YouTube Playlist here:


This project is Funded by National Sea Grant, Connecticut Sea Grant, UConn Extension, and the UConn College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources.

Farm Manager Summit

UConn Solid Ground is excited to announce the new Farm Manager Summit! Happening Tuesday, February 13th, 2024 from 9am-3pm at The Chrysalis Center  255 Homestead Avenue Hartford CT. 
The cost is $40, with includes a key note speakers, breakout sessions and lunch.

vegetable conference workshop, with people sitting in chairs, with a screen in front of them


The day includes:
Workshops on Farm Financials
Workshops on Labor Management
Panel Discussion with CT Farmers managing staff
Keynote speaker Emily Landek from Riverland Farm
A track for farm staff members that are managers and a track for farm owners
A select number of scholarships available to those that request it

Canter Curriculum Online Courses

horse looking out from red barnInterested in learning more in-depth knowledge about Equine Nutrition or Skeletal Systems Disorders? Then the Canter Curriculum by UConn Animal Science and UConn Extension, may be for you! Work at your own pace and have fun learning! The materials can be found at

10 CT, NY schools chosen for launch of LIS Schools network

Class of middle schoolers and their teacher looking out at the oceanElementary, middle and high school students, teachers and the communities of 10 public schools in urban and suburban areas will comprise the new Long Island Sound Schools network, committing to the protection of local watersheds, the Sound and our one global ocean.

With funding by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Long Island Sound Study and facilitated by Connecticut Sea Grant and Mercy University, the program supports schools that implement a school or community-based project and create a plan to increase ocean literacy by engaging students, families and the public.

All the schools are located within the Long Island Sound watershed, from inland areas with waterways that flow into the estuary to shoreline communities. Program funding will provide stipends for lead teachers at each school and up to $5,000 per school to implement projects. The schools will also have access to a network of educators, connections with scientists, community organizations and stewardship sites, and possible travel funds for conference presentations.

Visit the Sea Grant website for the full article.

CT Sea Grant among recipients nationwide of NOAA resilience funds

woman standing in front of class room teaching. With a projector screen next to herThe National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Sea Grant College Program this week announced funding awards to Sea Grant programs across the country for new and ongoing projects enhancing community resilience, including support for two programs run by Connecticut Sea Grant: Climate Adaption Academy and UConn Climate Corps.

At CT Sea Grant, about $185,000 in federal funding will support and expand the reach of current projects. These projects are effective platforms for advancing information exchange and understanding of climate change impacts and nature-based approaches to resilience among municipal and land-use professionals and undergraduate students that in turn advance community resilience in CT cities and towns.

For the full article check out: