The fifth in a series of six training workshops for new farmers will be held on Wednesday September 8th at Cerridwen Farm, Green Mountain College’s campus farm. The workshop will be held from 5 to 7 pm. Please Pre-register for this workshop online, or by sending an email to email@example.com or by calling 434-4122.At the workshop, new and aspiring farmers will learn strategies for successful management of small-scale, diversified farms, focusing on intensive planning before the growing season starts. This workshop with Kenneth Mulder, Farm Manager at GMC, will focus on developing a production plan for a diversified vegetable operation, including estimating demand and yield, utilizing intercropping and rotations for ecological efficiency, and using succession plantings to maintain a steady crop supply. Cerridwen Farm at Green Mountain College is a 22-acre diversified educational farm where students compliment their classroom education with hands-on experience in vegetable production and animal management.
Workshop Location: Cerridwen Farm is located on the south end of Green Mountain College's campus which is at the west end of Main Street in Poultney. Take Main Street to the main college entrance. Turn left on College Ave. White farm house with a circular drive will be on the right with the barns just behind. The workshop will begin in the basement of Griswold Library, just north of the farm house.
Parking: Participants can park in the farm house driveway. If that is full, visitor parking is available in the college circle with permits available in Pollock Hall on the south side of the circle.
The Beginning Farmer Workshop Series is geared towards new farmers that are still “learning the ropes” to succeeding in agriculture - whether they are still interning, just beginning their farm business, or are full or part-time farmers with less than 10 years of experience.
The workshops are sponsored by the Rutland Area Farm and Food Link (RAFFL) and the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFA-VT) and will be held every other Wednesday on farms around the Rutland Region.
The last workshop of the series will be on “Organic Pest and Disease Management” at Boardman Hill Farm in West Rutland on September 22.
Workshop details, directions and information on the host farms can be found on RAFFL’s website, www.rutlandfarmandfood.org, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling India Burnett Farmer, RAFFL Program Director at 802-417-7331.