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