On May 10, 2017

RAFFL and NOFA-VT to host CRAFT workshops in Rutland and Bennington counties

Monday, May 22, 6:30 p.m.—MANCHESTER—The Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training (CRAFT) is a national apprenticeship program that seeks to educate farm workers who are interested in becoming farmers in the future. CRAFT provides the structure for meaningful mentor relationships between committed farmers and focused apprentices by providing a diversity of on-farm educational experiences throughout the season.

Benefits of participation include: learning about a diversity of topics and farm systems; networking with other apprentices, interns, and farm workers in the region; meeting other CRAFT farmers by attending monthly workshops on each of the participating farms; and receiving a resource manual with in-depth information on each topic and Vermont’s new farmer services.

This is a seven-part workshop series for farmers in training. Workshops are free. In order to receive the CRAFT certificate from Rutland Area Farm & Food Link and NOFA-VT, apprentices must attend at least four of the seven workshops. Workshops include a farm tour, training session, followed by a  potluck.

Workshop dates, times, and farm hosts

May 22, 6:30-9 p.m.—Greenhouse production & propagation at Earth, Sky, Time Community Farm, Manchester

June 5, 6:30-9 p.m.—Cover cropping & soil management at Yoder Farm, Danby

June 19, 6:30-9 p.m—Grazing & raw milk dairy at Larson Farm, Wells

July 17, 6:30-9 p.m.—Shiitake production at Evening Song CSA, Shrewsbury

Aug. 14, 6:30-9 p.m.—Crop planning at Alchemy Gardens, Shrewsbury

Sept. 18, 5:30-8:30 p.m.— Diversified farming at Breezy Meadows Orchards & Nursery, Tinmouth

Oct. 2, 5:30-8:30 p.m.—Marketing: farmer forum at Someday Farm, East Dorset

Deadline to sign up is May 15. For more information or to register, call 802-417-1528 ext. 4, email mara@rutlandfarmandfood.org or visit rutlandfarmandfood.org/craft.

Photo courtesy of RAFFL
Farmer apprentices learn much about the many topics involved in becoming a farmer, including tractors. 

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