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: www.CTfarmenergy.org



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



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

UConn Spring 2024 Horseback Riding Program

3 people riding horses with a red barn and white fence by themCome ride at UConn, the horseback riding program is open!

The practicum is a professional, improvement, non-credit horseback riding lesson program open to everyone. Lessons in dressage, hunt seat, western, polo, and trail are offered at a variety of levels. Going from January 22 to April 26 (13 weeks), at the UConn Storrs Campus!

Registration deadlines:

Team Tryout Registration: January 19th, 12:00 AM

Practicum Registration: January 19th, 12:00 AM

Team Lesson Registration: January 22, 8:00 AM

Mandatory Spring Practicum Meeting:

Thursday, January 18, 2024 at 7:00PM at the W.B. Young Building, Room 100.


Register today at s.uconn.edu/practicum 


CAES Bedding Plants Spring 2024 Program

nursery plants in greenhouseThe Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station in coordination with UConn CAHNR Extension is putting on a bedding plants for Spring of 2024 program. The event takes place January 30, 2024 at the New Haven CAES location, running from 12:30- 3:30! There is an opportunity to get pesticide recertification credits (pending approval).






Plant Growth: Chemical and Cultural Options.

Mayra Toro Herrera, UConn


Recap 2023, Bedding Crop Diseases to Prepare for in 2024

Yonghao Li

Plant Information Office, CAES


Hot Topics in Insect & Mite Management

Leanne Pundt, UConn Extension


There is no charge. To RSVP, please contact  Leanne Pundt, at leanne.pundt@uconn.edu   or call/text 860-921-3288

Location and Parking Information: Jones Auditorium, The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, 123 Huntington Street, New Haven, CT. The entrance to Jones Auditorium is at the north end of the building, on the side away from Huntington Street.  In addition to the parking lots on campus, there is street parking on Huntington Street and East Rock Road.

Farm Risk Management Program 2023-2024 FREE Programs

UConn Extension is offering plenty of Farm Risk Management Programs in the upcoming 2024 year, and they are FREE! 
Woman in garden
Options to Mitigate Farm Financial Losses 
When: Tuesday, January 16, 2024 
Where: CLiCK, 41 Club Rd, Windham, CT 
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Crop Insurance Programs 
When: Tuesday, January 23, 2024
 Where: Tolland County Extension Center, 24 Hyde Ave, Vernon, CT
 Time: 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
 Lunch provided 
Business Planning and Financial Benchmarking Program
Will include information on farm insurance, health insurance and retirement programs 
When: Tuesday, February 6, 2024
 Where: Tolland County Extension Center, 24 Hyde Ave, Vernon, CT
 Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 
Options to Mitigate Farm Financial Losses
 When: Monday, February 26, 2024 
Where: Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation Museum, 110 Pequot Trail, Mashantucket, CT 
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. 
Our popular One-on-One Sessions with Professionals
 In-person: When/where: Wednesday, February 7, 5:00 -8:00 p.m.
 Tolland County Extension Center, 24 Hyde Ave, Vernon
 Wednesday, February 21, 5:00 -8:00 p.m.
Tolland County Extension Center, 24 Hyde Ave, Vernon
 Monday, March 4, 9:00 – 3:00 p.m.
 Middlesex County Extension Center 1066 Saybrook Road, Haddam
 Virtual: When: Tuesday, February 13, 9:00 – 3:00 p.m.
 Tuesday, March 5, 9-3 pm 
 Tuesday, March 12, 9-3 pm

Business of Farming Course

UConn Extension’s Solid Ground Program is now accepting applications for our new training “The Business of Farming.”

farmers market
Urban agriculture students at the Danbury Farmers Market.

What is it?

This course will accommodate 15-18 participants for a 7-week learning opportunity that includes both virtual and in-person meetings (details below). It is designed to develop and strengthen the business and technical skills for beginning farmers with 0 – 3 years of experience. Historically underserved beginning farmers are encouraged to apply. 


Participate in a learning experience with farmer peers and develop new networks along the way. You are welcomed to a safe space and environment to foster informal interactions, knowledge, comradery and relationship building. As we enter the winter months in agriculture, this is an important time to acquire some of the fundamental skills in farm business management, such as completing your business plan, creating farm business record-keeping, tax filing, and grant writing. 


Please only apply if you can commit to attending all seven training sessions (both virtual and in-person) that take place on Fridays from January 19th – March 1st.


Apply to join at: s.uconn.edu/businessoffarming



This inaugural course includes:

  • How to Write a Business Plan
  • Finding Your Market
  • Tax Preparation
  • Grant Opportunities
  • And more! 


When: Online and 2 in-person, 7 modules in total. Course running weekly from Jan 19th – Mar 1st,

IN PERSON Modules- Fridays, January 26th and March 1st – 9am-1pm at Tolland Agricultural Center (24 Hyde Rd. Vernon, CT)

Cost: $60 ($30 reimbursed upon completion by April 1st)

About the Cohort/Group Course: This first course requires an application to enroll and is open to beginning farmers with 0 – 3 years of experience. Our program is also designed to improve access to Historically Underserved Farmers. All applications are welcome!



Apply to join at: s.uconn.edu/businessoffarming


UConn Extension’s Solid Ground Ag-Mechanics part 2

people standing around a tractor plowing a field We’ve just about finished up our first round of Ag-Mechanics and we’re getting ready to start round 2!  Again, these are small classes, so you’ll want to sign up fast because they fill up fast!  The topics happening in the beginning of 2024 are Welding Using Metal Inert Gas MethodsSmall Engine Maintenance & Repairs: 2-Stroke AND 4-Stroke

PLEASE NOTE!  We are trying out a new format based on feedback and trying to make these trainings more accessible, and both the Small Engine Maintenance Classes are taking place over 2 Thursday Evenings (see below), so plan accordingly! 

Remember to check out all we’re doing on our website too! https://newfarms.uconn.edu/solidground/

Advance Welding Using Metal Inert Gas Methods

Date: Saturday, February 3rd
Time: 9am – 3pm
Location: Rockville High School, 70 Loveland Hill Rd, Vernon, CT 06066
Max Number of participants: 10
Description of class:
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.
Small Engine Maintenance & Repairs: 2-Stroke
Date: Thursday, February 1st and February 8th
Time: 5:30pm-8:30pm
Location: Middletown High School, 200 La Rosa Ln, Middletown, CT 06457
Max Number of participants: 12
Description of class:
Learn how to troubleshoot and repair the small engines you use on your farm. Gain hands-on experience taking apart a 2-stroke engine to diagnose some of the common problems you may encounter.  Please not that this training will take place over two Thursday evenings.
Small Engine Maintenance & Repairs: 4-Stroke
Date: Thursday, February 29th and March 7th
Time: 5:30pm-8:30pm
Location: Middletown High School, 200 La Rosa Ln, Middletown, CT 06457
Max Number of participants: 12
Description of class:
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 farm equipment. Please not that this training will take place over two Thursday evenings.

2024 Produce Safety Rules Training Courses

The 2024 FSMA produce safety rule/ produce safety alliance approved grower training courses are here!


Course Summary: The Produce Safety Alliance (PSA) Grower Training Course has been designed to provide a foundation of Good Agricultural Practices knowledge that includes emphasis on co-management of food safety and environmental management goals, while outlining the requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule. The PSA Grower Training Course is one way to satisfy the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement outlined in § 112.22(c) that requires ‘At least one supervisor or responsible party for your farm must have successfully completed food safety training at least equivalent to that received under standardized curriculum recognized as adequate by the Food and Drug Administration.’hands holding radishes and it says food safety underneath the hands


· Indu Upadhyaya, Ph.D., Food Safety Specialist, UConn Cooperative Extension

· Diane Hirsch, MPH, Food Safety Specialist, UConn

· Jacqueline Kowalski, Urban Agriculture Specialist, UConn Cooperative Extension



In order to obtain a certificate that provides evidence of compliance with the training requirements of the rule, you must be present for the entire two-day course. Do not make plans for the snow date.

Remote course:

Please make sure you have a computer/laptop (no phones or tablets allowed) with built-in video or external webcam and microphone with sufficient internet connectivity for the entire duration of the course. There will be 15-minute breaks and lunch breaks during the course.

· No more than 2 people from the same operation should register for the course.

· If you are joining in the same physical room as someone else, you must utilize headphones to minimize background noise and feedback.

· Please provide the correct shipping address for shipping of manuals to reach you before the course. This is a requirement.

For both courses:Registration Types and Their Associated Fees

Course registration fee (includes all course materials and certificate): $50

The preferred method of registration/payment is by 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.

To register:

Remote course January 11, 12th, 2024: s.uconn.edu/onlineproducesafety

In-person course March 6, 7, (8th snow day): s.uconn.edu/inpersonproducesafety

Registration is first come, first served, so please register early. You must pre-register. Space is limited. Registration materials must be received by December 22, 2023, for the remote course and February 12, 2024 for the in-person course.

Cancellation Policy:

No refunds or cancellations will be accepted after the respective deadlines.

If you have further questions regarding the course, please contact indu.upadhyaya@uconn.edu

If you are an individual with a disability and need accommodations, please contact Indu Upadhyaya at indu.upadhyaya@uconn.edu or call her at 860-786-8191 as early as possible prior to the event to help us ensure availability. Please be aware that advance notice is necessary as some accommodations may require more time for the University to arrange. A good faith effort will be made to provide accommodations up until the time of the workshop.

UConn Extension is an AA/EEO employer and program provider.

Registration now open for winter UConn Ornamental and Turf Course


Registration now open!

Winter 2024 Ornamental and Turf Short Course

Wednesdays 5:30-7 pm, from January 10 – March 13, 2024 

Register Here

More information at s.uconn.edu/ornamental-turf

Ornamental and Turf Online Short Course Description 

UConn Extension offers an online Ornamental & Turf Short Course in the fall and winter, which helps students prepare for the pesticide applicator supervisory exam. 

This Short Course is an in-depth review of the information necessary to study for and pass the Ornamental and Turf/Golf Course Superintendents State of Connecticut Supervisory Pesticide Applicator Certification (category 3A) exam. A student that completes all the modules, works through the quizzes, and studies the resource materials independently should be able to pass both the written and oral state exam successfully. 

This short course consists of eight modules that the student can complete independently: Pesticide Laws and Regulations, Pesticide Safety, Botany, Plant Pathology and Ornamental Plant Diseases, Entomology and Insect Pests of Woody Ornamentals, Area and Dosage Calculations, Turf Management, and Weed Management. Each module consists of learning objectives, topic sections, and slides with a recorded narrative, and closes with a quiz on the material. The modules can be completed and revisited at any time while the student is enrolled in the course. 

An instructor will meet virtually with the students weekly on Wednesdays at 5:30-7 pm to review each module topic and answer questions. Each weekly class includes a basic overview of the subject and highlights specific pests, their biology, and control. There will be a total of 10 sessions, including 8 sessions for modules, one introductory session, and one optional wrap up session for questions. 

Expect to spend study time reviewing each module topic outside of the review class. The more time you spend studying the module topics and reviewing each module’s post-quiz, the more beneficial the course will be for preparing for the final short course exam and the state exam. 

Registration is $375 and is available online with a credit card at: 

UConn Extension Marketplace 

Please register as a guest and select NONE for shipping. 

Questions? Please contact Alyssa Siegel-Miles, alyssa.siegel-miles@uconn.edu 




The Pesticide Applicator Core Manual, the required training manual for the course, can be downloaded free at National Association of State Departments of Agriculture Core Manual.

You can also buy a physical copy of this manual from UConn Marketplace:  

Core Manual (pickup in Vernon CT option) or  

Core Manual (shipping option)


An optional manual, “Ornamental and Turf, Category 3 Manual” ($43.00 plus shipping and handling), is also available from Cornell at: cornellstore.com/3.-Ornamental-And-Turf 


Check for used copies of these books with your colleagues or online. 


Information regarding testing and other information can be found on the CT DEEP website links: portal.ct.gov/DEEP/Pesticides/Pesticide-Management-Program 


Information for Supervisory Certification is at: portal.ct.gov/DEEP/Pesticides/Supervisor-Certification/Certification-Process-and-Requirements-for-Supervisors 

Questions? Please contact Alyssa Siegel-Miles, alyssa.siegel-miles@uconn.edu.

Farmer 2 Farmer Conference

We’re so excited because we are partnering up with New CT Farmers Alliance to put on a conference that is FOR farmers and BY farmers, January 27!  It’s the Farmer 2 Farmer Conference! 

2 Hands with plants behind them

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Farming is a profession full of trial and error. Every year, we take stock of what worked and what didn’t, assess our weaknesses and strengths, and tweak the plan for next year.This winter, take the time to reflect and learn from the experiences of your fellow farmers at NCTFA’s Farmer 2 Farmer Conference.Our conference will feature workshops on production methods, scaling up the farm, and more!Breakfast and lunch will be served free of charge. Attendees will take home some locally saved seeds and maybe some other surprises!There will also be a FARM HACK competition where you can show off the tools you’ve invented and win a cash prize!Thank you to UConn’s Solid Ground Program and CT NOFA for helping to make this event happen.Funding for this event provided by USDA-NIFA-BFRDP Award #2023-49400-40870


2 Hands with plants behind them written in Spanish

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Conferencia de Granjero a Granjero 27 Enero!

La agricultura es una profesión llena de ensayo y error. Cada año hacemos balance de lo que ha funcionado y lo que no, evaluamos nuestros puntos fuertes y débiles y ajustamos el plan para el año siguiente.Este invierno, tómese su tiempo para reflexionar y aprender de las experiencias de sus compañeros agricultores en la Conferencia Granjero a Granjero de la NCTFA.Nuestra conferencia incluirá talleres sobre métodos de producción, ampliación de la granja y mucho más.El desayuno y el almuerzo serán gratuitos. Los asistentes se llevarán a casa algunas semillas guardadas localmente y tal vez alguna otra sorpresa.También habrá un concurso FARM HACK en el que podrás mostrar las herramientas que has inventado y ganar un premio en effectivo.Gracias al programa Solid Ground de la Universidad de Connecticut y a CT NOFA por contribuir a la organización de este acto.Financiación de este acto: USDA-NIFA-BFRDP Award #2023-49400-40870