ag mechanics

AG Mechanics Workshop Series hosted by Solid Ground

Solid Ground is excited to Announce our 2021-2022 Ag-Mechanics Workshop Series!
(COST PER WORKSHOP $25 – Lunch included | SPACES ARE LIMITED!
If the cost is prohibitive, you may request a stipend for lost wages and/or travel, by emailing Rebecca.Toms@UConn.edu
Please contact us 2 weeks in advance with special needs (dietary, translation, accessibility, etc.) We’ll do our best to accommodate you.
COVID REQUIREMENTS: masks or cloth face coverings that cover a person’s nose and mouth are required to be worn and we expect masks and social distancing measures to be used at this workshop. (Please do not attend if you are not feeling well- you will receive a refund.)

Upcoming Trainings

CHAINSAW SKILLS & SAFETY FOR WOMEN
November 13th
Reserve your spot by emailing: Rebecca.Toms@UConn.edu
Rockville Agri-Science High School, Vernon CT- 9am-3pm
Intro to safe chain saw operation. Students will learn about PPE, work area safety, basic saw maintenance, chain sharpening, & how to develop a felling plan. Students will have a chance to fell a tree! Bring your own saw, or use ours. For women only.
TRACTOR IMPLEMENT OPERATIONS, SAFETY & ADJUSTMENT
November 20th (Snow date Nov 27)
Registration Coming Soon!
Nonnewaug Agri-Science High School, Woodbury CT- 9am-3pm
Safe & precise hookup of tractor attachments is critical on farms! Whether it’s 3-point-hitch or PTO, if this process is intimidating or difficult for you, join us! Learn the tips for attaching, calibrating, using common tractor attachments smoothly & efficiently.
SMALL ENGINE BREAKDOWN & REASSEMBLE
December 4th (Snowdate Dec. 18th)
Registration Coming Soon!
Nonnewaug Agri-Science High School, Woodbury CT- 9am-3pm
Ever wonder what a carburetor looks like? Or where it even is on a weed wacker? Get an in-depth understanding of small engine maintenance & repair by pulling apart and reassembling a standard small engine. We provide the engines! Bring your questions and any small engine that’s giving you trouble on your farm.
ADVANCED WELDING USING METAL INERT GAS METHODS-
December 11th (snow date Jan. 8)
Registration Coming Soon
Rockville Agri-Science High School, Vernon CT- 9am-3pm
Did you attend our welding workshop last year? 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.
POWER TOOLS & CARPENTRY BASICS FOR BIPOC FARMERS
February 5th  (Snow date Feb. 19th)
Registration Coming Soon!
Nonnewaug Agri-Science High School, Woodbury CT- 9am-3pm
Get familiar with the power tools & carpentry skills that you’ll need on your farm. Learn to use an impact driver, drill, skill saw, table saw, & more. You’ll work with your new skills to complete a project to take home! For those identifying as BIPOC only.
FIELD IRRIGATION-
February 12th (snow date Feb 26th)
Registration Coming Soon
Rockville Agri-Science High School, Vernon CT- 9am-3pm

Irrigation is a critical part of growing food. Reliable water infrastructure is key! Learn about drip lines, sprinklers, overhead guns, tile drainage, and reliable sources for your irrigation components.