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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Groundswell Community Events and Programs

Groundswell’s Incubator Farm Volunteer Party / Work Day 
Saturday, April 16, 10am – 2pm
Groundswell’s Incubator Farm • 115 Rachel Carson Way, Ithaca, NY 14850

It’s time to get out to the farm and get some projects done! We are calling on all of our friends, fans and fellow farmers to come on out and pitch in, learn a new skill, get a little dirty and have some fun! Help us build a hoop house and install fencing! Snacks and drinks will be provided. Sign up in advance (and attend) and you will be entered in a drawing to win a $25 Gift Certificate from Home Green Home and a Groundswell T-Shirt! Due to the nature of the work, we ask that volunteers be age 16+MORE INFORMATION • RSVP HERE • FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE


Groundswell’s Spring Mixer & Plant Swap

Sunday, May 22, 2pm – 6pm
Groundswell’s Office  • 225 South Fulton Street, Ithaca, NY 14850

 Let’s celebrate Spring and the coming growing season! Join us at our office (225 South Fulton Street) for fun, food by Iron Owl Kitchen, drinks, and great music. We will even have a plant and seed swap to help get your gardens going. This is also the first meeting of our Homestead Farmer and Gardner Network.  MORE INFORMATION • RSVP HERE • FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE
Grazing & Pasture Management
SESSION 1 (of 8): It’s All About the Grass
Monday, April 18, 5pm – 8pm
Tuition: $45 (or $280 for all 8 Sessions)
Understanding how soil, grass, and grazing interact to grow better animals. Wellspring Forest Farm, Mecklenberg, NY.  MORE INFORMATION • REGISTER
Groundswell Teamster TrainingDraft Animal Practicum
Sunday, April 24, 9am – 4pm
Don’s Teamster Training School, Northland Sheep Dairy, Marathon, NY
Tuition: $175
This popular one-day workshop includes hands-on practice with experienced draft animals under the supervision of knowledgeable teamsters. This class is appropriate for anyone considering getting started with draft animals, as well as those with a few years of teamster experience. No prior horse experience is necessary.  MORE INFORMATION • REGISTER

Farm Business Planning Course – Groundswell

Groundswell Center for Local Food and Farming Announces Farm Business Planning Course Groundswell Center for Local Food and Farming will once again be conducting a 10-week Farm Business Planning Course, beginning in January 2016, for those interested in developing an agriculturally-related business concept by working directly with farm business instructors and a team of farmer … Read more