Event

2023 CT Farm Energy Workshops

February 1 3:30-5PM at the Audubon Center, 218 Day Road Pomfret Center, CT 06259

February 9 3-4:00PM (part of Climate Smart Ag Meeting) UConn Litchfield County Extension Center, 843 University Drive, Torrington, CT 06790

February 16 6-7:30PM at the UConn Middlesex County Extension Center, 1066 Saybrook Road, Haddam, CT 06438

Visit www.ctfarmenergy.org to register for free!

Climate Smart Agriculture

Interested in making your farm more resilient? Concerned about climate change? Join us at the Litchfield County Extension Center on February 9 to learn about ways to enable your operation to be sustainable. Dinner provided! For more information and to register, visit: https://nwcd.org/events/

For special accommodations, please contact info@nwcd.org

Register Today For “Bringing the Farm to the School” Training

PLOYT producer training workshop flyer

An organized partnership between Put Local on Your Tray, Connecticut Department of Agriculture, UConn Extension, and Connecticut Farm To School Collaborative is excited to offer “Bringing the Farm to the School” a producer training for CT Farmers to navigate the opportunities and challenges of selling into public K-12 schools!

Learn more HERE!

Did you know that Districts across the state are poised to receive federal dollars that can only be spent specifically on fresh and minimally processed local product! This creates an amazing opportunity for farmers across the state to get started in farm to school and scale up to meet this opportunity.

This free, day-long workshop will bring together farmers and public-school food service directors to learn, connect and share best practices, success stories and frustrations.

Register HERE

Who is this for?

  • Fruit, vegetable, meat and added value dairy producers
  • Farm businesses of all sizes and growing practices
  • Growers looking to expand their market
  • producers who think the farm to school market is not for them because there are too many barriers.

The barriers are not as high as you may think! Here is the registration link again!

For service providers and supports interested in participating please email shannon.raider@uconn.edu.

CT NOFA Winter Conference – workshop previews

CT NOFA is proud to present our 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.

Farm Succession School 2023

Most farmers want their land to stay in agriculture, but very few have plans in place that articulate how the land, equipment, business, and other assets will be divided among the next generation or unrelated operator. Succession planning can present challenges, and each situation is unique. Land For Good has helped hundreds of farmers find innovative solutions that keep their farms in farming, whether they have an identified successor or not.

The Farm Succession School hosted by Land For Good, in partnership with Connecticut Department of Agriculture and UConn Extension, is a three-session winter course with curriculum designed to help senior farmers think through the many aspects of succession planning, clarify vision and goals, get next steps on paper, and review necessary documents to provide for a smooth transition. Sessions include ample time to share and learn from other farmers facing similar questions. Farmers do not need to have an identified successor to participate in this course. The Farm Succession School will take place at the Tolland County Agricultural Center, 24 Hyde Avenue, Route 30, Vernon, meeting January 24, February 28, and March 28. Learn more and register.

Additional support opportunities are available. A free live webinar series for transitioning farmers and junior generation farmers will offer the basics of succession planning, like how to get started, where to find advisors and resources, ask questions, and get help. All generations, including family and non-family members, who may play a role in the farm’s future are encouraged to attend. This online four-part series meets weekly, beginning January 18. Learn more and register.

Land For Good also offers one-on-one advising to help farmers start, continue, or complete their farm succession and address the financial, legal, and business challenges involved in transferring a farm to a next generation family member or unrelated successor. Costs vary depending on farmer needs and available funding, with always a sliding scale option. Learn more or call 603-357-1600 to initiate a no-cost informational session.

“This work is supported by the Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Grant, grant no.: 2021-70035-3555, from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, administered by the Connecticut Department of Agriculture.”

 

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Windham Well Testing Workshop

Register today for a well water workshop for residents in Windham, Coventry and Mansfield! Even if your well water tastes and smells fine, that doesn’t always mean its safe to drink.  The workshop will run Sunday, February 12th, 2:30pm-4:00pm at Eastern Connecticut State University. At the end of the workshop there will be the opportunity to submit a low-cost ($50) test for your own well water.

Visit s.uconn.edu/welltestwindham to register. Seats are limited and registration is required.

Water testing poster

Build Your Network, Grow Our Future

Join the New CT Farmer Alliance Build Your Network, Grow Our Future 2023! This annual event is a chance for farmers to connect with each other and with service providers who can help us in our farming journeys.
 
The Details:
Saturday January 21st
10AM-3PM
AuerFarm, Bloomfield, CT
The event will have a keynote address, workshops, a farm hack competition, networking with agricultural service organizations, and of course, delicious food.
 
Suggested donation is $10, which includes breakfast and lunch. But we don’t want cost to be prohibitive to anyone! Feel free to contribute what makes sense for you and your budget.
Conference includes:
Keynote Speaker
Panel Discussions
Farm Hack Competition
Workshops such as
      -Land Access101
      -Working with USDA
      -Finding Your Market
      -Being a Farmer Advocate
Networking with Service Providers
Seed Swap
 
Here are some of the farm service organizations that will be there & ready to share their resources:
-USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service
-USDA’s Farm Service Agency
-UConn Extension’s Sold Ground
-The Carrot Project
-Land For Good
-Put Local on Your Tray
-Legal Food Hub
-Farm Credit East
-Farm Bureau
-American Farmland Trust

Northeast Disability and Agriculture Conference (FREE!)

The Northeast Disability and Agriculture Conference is a first-time regional event
designed to educate and empower the agricultural community. Through
workshops and presentations, farmer attendees will learn how to better advocate
for themselves, and service provider attendees will learn how to identify potential
distress risks within the community. Together attendees will learn how to build a
network sharing skills and resources

Invest in Your Health: Cultivating a Healthy Mind Train the Trainer Workshop

Stigma exists across all age groups for those struggling with mental health. Navigation of the
teen years in everyday situations can create angst and uncomfortable feelings that are difficult
to express. According to the CDC, rates of depression and anxiety climb significantly during the
ages of 12-17. Suicide is the second leading cause of death of youths in the United States.

AgriSafe offers Invest in Your Health Trainer Exchange, where educators can be certified to train
on the AgriSafe modules. AgriSafe provides the course instruction and training materials. Under
their open share platform, once certified, educators would be free to use the training materials
in their classroom or out of school settings.

Friday, January 27, 2:00-3:30pm, Middlesex County Extension Center
Saturday, January 28, 1:30-2:30 pm, virtual
Monday, January 30, 6-7:30pm, Litchfield County Extension Center

Register here for Middlesex
Register here for virtual
Register here for Litchfield

Invest in Your Health:
Cultivating a Healthy Mind
Train the Trainer Workshop
Lisa Ford, MA, LADC, LPC
Lisa has served on the board of Connecticut Association for
Addiction Professionals (CAAP), the state chapter of the
National Association of Alcohol and Drug Counselors
(NAADAC) as communications chairperson. She is a member
of NAMI and NAADAC.

2023 Northeast Grazing Conference

Introducing the 2023 Northeast Grazing Conference – Virtual, January 20th and 21st, 2023

Registration page and more info: https://NEGrazingConference2023.eventbrite.com

New this year, northeast grazing-focused organizations are collaborating – The New England Grazing Network, Maine Grass Farmers Network, Granite State Grazers, The Livestock Institute, Vermont Grass Farmers Association, and the hosts of Grassworks NY – to hold a region wide grazing conference.

The conference is the largest of its kind in New England, gathering over 300 participants from the northeast for two days of networking and educational workshops. This conference brings together new and experienced farmers alike as well as service providers, and non-farmers seeking to learn more ways to align with and support well managed pasture-based livestock production across our region.

People stand in a field listening to an instructor

Our 2023 Keynote speaker will be Dr. Allen Williams, who will lead a discussion on adaptive grazing. Additional programming will prioritize peer-to-peer farmer networking and practical implementation of managed grazing practices.

Agenda Highlights: (subject to change/substitutions/additions)

Each day will have two parallel tracks to choose from for panel discussions.

Friday:

  • Keynote – Dr. Allen Williams
  • Meat End Product Quality moderated by Dr. Joe Emenheiser
  • Holistic Management & Farm Life Balance moderated by Jenn Colby
  • A Look at the Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship Program in New England moderated by Dr. Glenda Pereira and Mary Ellen Franklin
  • Grazing Across the Northeast: A Regional Approach (Introducing NEGN Partners) moderated by Alex Gulachenski

Saturday:

  • Coffee Chat with Troy Bishopp and Brian Maloney
  • Principles of Grazing – 101 – Taught by Daimon Meeh
  • 50 Shades of Graze – Shade Management moderated by Steve Gabriel
  • Forage Biodiversity moderated by Dr. Heather Darby
  • Calving and Lambing on Pasture moderated by Jennie Kapszukiewicz

Cows in a green pasture