“Summer School” for Beginning Farmers

Aspiring and beginning farmers- be sure to read this post from Beth Holtzman of UVM-Extension’s New Farmer Project!

UVM Extension New Farmer Project

Summer is here, and if you’re an aspiring or new farmer, it’s a great time to learn from experienced producers around Vermont. Thanks to the organizing efforts of several farming organizations and networks — and farmers’ generosity with their time — our summer and fall months are filled with opportunities for field-based farmer education – from  twilight meetings and farm tours to hands-on workshops and  farmer socials.

Here are six good reasons make time to get to at least a few of these events.

  1. Learn from the masters. Host farms are often operations that have passed the test of time. high tunnel tourThese farms are successful, and model good agricultural practices. But every one of them also has made their share of mistakes. Take advantage of the opportunity to visit and tour these operations, and be sure to listen and observe carefully. You’ll earn a lot from these farmers’ experience about…

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