Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship Program

Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship Program for Aspiring Dairy Farmers in New York State

Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship ProgramWanted: aspiring dairy farmers and Dairy Master Graziers to stem the tide of retiring dairy farmers in New York State.

Cornell Small Dairy Support Specialist Fay Benson is recruiting participants for the New York edition of the Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship Program, the groundbreaking, nationally-recognized apprenticeship program for the agricultural industry.

Modeled after apprenticeship programs such as those for developing a highly skilled level of experience for new plumbers and electricians, the Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship, or DGA, is recognized by the federal Department of Labor.

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Finger Lakes Craft and Other Farmer Trainings

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 CRAFTFarm 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.

Finger Lakes CRAFT TourCRAFT, 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

Groundswell CenterFor more information about CRAFT and Groundswell programs, click “read more” below.

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