This annual Conference helps aspiring organic farmers develop successful farming careers. Learn the basics of developing and running a successful organic operation. Workshops are geared to new and established farmers transitioning to organic practices. Attendees will access valuable support and resources and interact with knowledgeable experts and experienced organic farmers.
NOFA/RI Members and RI Students may register at NOFA Member rates.
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Holistic Farmland Management
Crystal Stewart - Cornell Cooperative Extension Vegetable Specialist
Caring for the land involves understanding its natural qualities and then matching your farm goals to land stewardship goals. This talk will discuss methods to assess the capabilities of land and how to select the right path towards long-term land and farm improvement.
Patrick will lead a discussion about the “locavore” movement, and how organic food production was a principle reason for the local food movement’s rise in the Northeast. But cost of production and the availability of locally produced conventional product has made it increasingly difficult to survive. How do we survive?
Basics of Livestock Raising & Infrastructure
Ed & Belinda Learned - Stonyledge Farm
Learn the basics of raising beef, pork and chicken on a small scale, in a pastured/grassfed setting and infrastructure and equipment needed. We hope to share what has worked for us along with local suppliers and USDA processors.
Duncan will explain how the organic certification process works. He will describe how crop, livestock, and processing operations large and small can become certified to the USDA National Organic Standards.
Participants will gain an overview of common methods/sources for gaining access to farmland, including listing services, and municipal, land trust, and private lands. Topics will include criteria for evaluating a parcel’s agricultural potential, elements of a good lease, and kinds of leases to consider.
So you want to farm, but what combination of factors are helpful in starting a farming business and being financially successful? Actual results from the FarmStart program shed light on several factors that successful businesses have in common. Lynn’s presentation will help participants become comfortable using these consistent factors.
Send questions to Stephanie Berluti, Conference Coordinator at email@example.com or call 203-308-2584.