- Project Manager
- Project Coordinator 1
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For more about the New CT Farmer Alliance, visit our web site at http://www.newctfarmers.com
For more about the New CT Farmer Alliance, visit our web site at http://www.newctfarmers.com
In order to help with the planning process of the Northeast Disability and Agriculture 2023 Conference Survey (Encuesta Para La Conferencia Noreste 2023 Sobre Discapacidad y Agricultura) would you please consider taking 3 minutes to fill out/ share this survey and help the steering committee (One of our local farms! ) to know what you want to see:
The aim for the conference is to be sensitive and responsive to the needs of farmers, agricultural service providers and the community. Your responses to this survey will help them design conference content, better identify gaps in disability awareness and needed services for participants.
Nuestro objetivo para la conferencia es ser sensibles y receptivos a las necesidades de los agricultores, los proveedores de servicios agrícolas y las comunidades de apoyo. Sus respuestas a esta encuesta nos ayudarán a diseñar el contenido de la conferencia, identificar mejor las barreras en el conocimiento de discapacidades y los servicios necesarios para los participantes.
¡Por favor, llene esta encuesta y compártala con sus redes!
If you are interested in registering for the conference, fill out the form HERE.
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? Leave knowing whether Micro Farm insurance is applicable to your operation and what other risk management options are available if you are currently ineligible.(Part A)
Session 1: Micro Farm Insurance – Applying for Insurance and What You Need to Know 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.(Part B)
Session 2: Refining Your Records Understanding Your Farm’s Financial Records (Part D) Preparing a Schedule F Tax Form (Part E) Steps for Improving Your Financial RecordkeepingRefine your financial recordkeeping to better manage your farm business and prepare you for the Micro Farm insurance program. (Part C)
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: https://thecarrotproject.salsalabs.org/microfarmworkshop20222023
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: https://homegarden.cahnr.uconn.edu/
To register for any of these trainings, visit: https://newfarms.uconn.edu/solidground/
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
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: https://foodsafety.uconn.edu/
English: Farm worker training: A Day in the life of a farm worker: Part l: Safehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NXLx2FZyk-U&t=328s Harvesting Practices:
English: Farm worker training: A Day in the life of a farm worker: Part II: Safehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PjZ629VEPts&t=3s Post-harvest PracticesThe videos are also available on the food safety website along with a video on FSMA rule FAQs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2uTxVY9b7EE.For more questions or queries, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org, 860-786-8191.
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!
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)
A partnership between UConn and local tribes led to the development of Meechooôk Farm and other programs that strengthen the tribal community, their land-base, and self-sufficiency. Learn more about the project by reading this article.
Financial support for this work was provided by the USDA NIFA Federally-Recognized Tribes Extension Program (FRTEP Awards 2017-41580-26950 and 2022-41580-37944).
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
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.
As a part of the symbiotic partnership between the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation (MPTN) and UConn Extension and supported by USDA NIFA’s Federally Recognized Tribes Extension Program (FRTEP), tribal youth engage in outreach opportunities designed to educate students about the origin of food and fiber. Programming during summer 2022 included a series of STEM activity kits and field-trip experiences that promoted engagement with agricultural sciences in production settings.
A total of 250 ‘Adventures in Agriculture’ activity kits were distributed to the MPTN Department of Education & Recreation to be completed within
the Parks and Recreation camp program or to be taken home to assemble with household members. Five unique kit sets focused on entomology and Integrated Pest Management (IPM), wool production, aquaculture, animal identification and record keeping, and plant development. In addition to the materials and instructional videos necessary to complete the activities, kits were accompanied with Farming Connection Cards that discussed real-life applications and agricultural principles.
In early August, 29 MTPN youth gathered at Meechooôk Farm to engage in a UConn 4-H ruminant digestion simulation activity that involved the use of spaghetti, pop rocks, and soda. Students learned about the diet and eating behavior of cattle as well as the inner workings of their compartmented stomach. MPTN Department of Agriculture Director Jeremy Whipple and Meechooôk Farm Manager Cassius Spears, Sr. led an educational tour around the farm that involved a visit with the pigs and cattle and a peek inside the hydroponic high tunnels, where food is grown to support the tribal community.
Joined by UConn Extension faculty and staff persons, 15 youth and five chaperones from MPTN visited the UConn Storrs campus to learn about opportunities in higher education. The group participated in a tour led by Lodewick Visitors Center student staff that featured a trip to UConn’s Native American Cultural Center. The group also visited the horses and heifers, ate lunch at a dining hall, and were able to partake in tours of the floriculture greenhouses and the Kellogg Dairy Center. Before heading back to the MPTN Community Center, the group enjoyed ice cream from the UConn Dairy Bar.
Exposing youth to food and fiber systems with Extension outreach has the potential to spark a lifelong interest in learning and in agriculture while encouraging youth to contribute to their community. This programming aims to inspire future agriculturalists and informed decision makers as we work together towards a more sustainable future.
Financial support for this work was provided by the USDA NIFA Federally-Recognized Tribes Extension Program (FRTEP Award 2017-41580-26950). Learn more about the program at https://s.uconn.edu/mptn.
UConn CAHNR Extension has more than 100 years’ experience strengthening communities in Connecticut and beyond. Extension programs address the full range of issues set forth in CAHNR’s strategic initiatives:
Programs delivered by Extension reach individuals, communities, and businesses in each of Connecticut’s 169 municipalities.
Article and photos by Sara Tomis