Workshop for Aspiring Farmer Mentors in Ithaca, NY

If you are a farmer, farm manager, or farm educator with a passion for mentoring new farmers, deepen your mentorship skills at an upcoming full-day workshop called “Mapping the Mentor’s Journey.” Experienced mentors Tim Drake and Jed Jordan and leadership coach Corinne Eisenman will lead hands-on exercises and conversations that examine farm education through the eyes of a mentor. Participants will take away new tools and a renewed passion for educating aspiring farmers and managing farm staff.

This all-day workshops takes place Sunday, February 10th in Ithaca, NY. Space is limited, so please RSVP by emailing rachel@groundswellcenter.org with answers to two of these three questions:

  • What skills would you like to share with other individuals wanting to start a farm?
  • What experiences inspired you to pursue your farming dreams?
  • How do you believe you can contribute lasting change to your community as a farmer?

The workshop is a collaboration between Primitive Pursuits, which fosters life-long connections with nature, and Groundswell Center for Local Food & Farming, dedicated to nurturing the next generation of farmers.

Winter Workshop Series on Financial Management

Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture (CISA) is offering a workshop series in western Massachusetts on financial management and business decision-making for farmers. The seven-workshop series will run through March, and is aimed at helping farmers become more finance-savvy and prepared to make decisions about new markets and major investments.

Click here for more information on the individual workshops and dates.

The cost for the whole series is $60 for members and $75 for non-members. Register for individual workshops online or by contacting Devon at 413-665-7100 x22 or devon@buylocalfood.org.

Winter Webinar Series on Cover Crop Innovations

Penn State Extension is offering a “Cover Crop Innovations” webinar series, starting February 4th. Five webinars will cover topics such as using winter-killed cover crops to reduce tillage in organic vegetable production, interseeding cover crops in standing corn fields, cover crops for small dairy farms, managing insects following high-residue cover crops, and more.

Webinars are free and open to the public, and will take place on Mondays from 12-1pm EST in February and March. For more info and to register, visit here.

Farming Strategies in Today’s Changing Climate

On February 8th at Central Carolina Community College (CCCC) in Pittsboro, NC, the Abundance Foundation will host a one-day conference on “Farming Strategies in Today’s Changing Climate.” Farmers, agricultural scientists, technical assistance providers, and farm advocates are encouraged to register for the conference, where presentations, workshops, and discussion will address adaptation and mitigation practices in the wake of climate-related challenges facing agriculture and local foodsheds.

The conference is presented in collaboration with CCCC, the Center for Environmental Farming SystemsCarolina Farm Stewardship AssociationChatham County Cooperative ExtensionNC Strawberry Association, the American Livestock Breeds ConservancyRAFI-USA, and Piedmont Biofuels.