Finger Lakes CRAFT – Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training – And Other Farmer 2016 Training Opportunities from Groundswell Center for Local Food and Farming
Groundswell Center for Local Food and Farming offers a host of training programs for beginning farmers that are taught by small scale farmers in the community. These include one time workshops, Saturday-Sunday classes, and longer course offerings appropriate to a wide range of skill levels and interests. Their 2016 programs include: Finger Lakes CRAFT; Farm Business Planning Course; Educator Training; Farming While Brown; Year-Round High Tunnels Course; Draft Animals Practicum; Cooperative Farm Business; Finger Lakes Orchards eXChange (FLOX), and Introduction to Farming.
CRAFT, which stands for Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training is farmer training for beginning sustainable farmers by experienced sustainable farmers. CRAFT was established in 1994 in Eastern New York and Western Massachusetts, and the original CRAFT Group still exists today. There are now CRAFT groups all over the country, and CRAFT looks a little bit different in each place, depending on the needs, resources, and interests of local participants.
Finger Lakes CRAFT meets once each month throughout the growing season on one of the farms run by CRAFT Mentors. This year, Finger Lakes CRAFT will be hosting tours in May, June, and July.
Sunday May 15, Kingbird Farm 1-4 pm
Sunday June 19, Westhaven Farm 1-4 pm
Sunday, July 17, Main Street Farms 1-4 pm
To enroll in Finger Lakes CRAFT or any other Groundswell Program, and to receive updates for CRAFT and other upcoming Groundswell events, please fill out the form HERE.
For CRAFT & Groundswell Members, there are a number of other exciting workshops and events scheduled this year. In collaboration with Know Your Roots, 6 orchard-related workshops are available at a discount to Groundswell members.
And there are THREE other fun FARMING events that are open to CRAFT members:
SATURDAY, April 16: Incubator Farm Volunteer Work Day & Party
SUNDAY, May 22: Spring Mixer & Plant Swap @ Groundswell Offices
SATURDAY September 10: Pig-N-Pints Auction and Pig Roast @ Hopshire Farm & Brewery
In addition to CRAFT tours and social events, they have several great TECHNICAL COURSES that are open for registration now including Grazing & Pasture Management, Managing Soils for Better Crops, and their popular one-day workshop Draft Animal Practicum.