Farm apprentices are farmers-in-training. A good apprentice program is as committed to education as it is to hands-on experience in the field, so that apprentices can learn all of the skills necessary for good farm management.
The Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training (CRAFT) is a model for sharing supplemental farm training in cooperation with a number of participating farms. The Mid-Hudson Craft program is based on the Western Massachusetts/Eastern New York CRAFT program that was formed in 1994. Participants visit a host farms for a tour, a talk or demonstration on a specific topic. These visits to other farms offer farmers-in-training a chance to see how different operations work, to develop practical skills and to network with other farmers and apprentices.
To see the schedule for the Mid Hudson CRAFT group, with visits ranging from Ulster to Putnam Counties, please see below. If you would like to join Mid Hudson CRAFT, please contact Dave Llewellyn, Glynwood’s Director of Farmer Training, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To see the schedule for the Lower Hudson CRAFT group, with visits ranging from New York City to Putnam County, please click here. If you would like to join Lower Hudson CRAFT, please contact Deb Taft, owner and farmer of Mobius Fields, at email@example.com.
To see a list of helpful farming resources, please click here.
All visits run from 6-8pm unless otherwise noted.
May 7: Opening Meeting – Cornell Cooperative Extension in the Hudson Valley – Hudson Valley Ag Research Lab and Cornell Cooperative Extension
May 9: CRAFT Fundraiser/Contra Dance – Phillies Bridge Farm Project
May 21: Identifying and Facilitating Plant and Soil Health / Working with Compost – Great Song Farm
June 4: Soil Science – Locust on Hudson
June 18: TBD
July 2: 4th of July Mixer – Glynwood (4-8pm)
July 6: Sisters Hill Farm Visit – Western Mass CRAFT (2-5pm)
July 16: Planning Your Garden for Farm Based Education / How To Lead a Farm-Based Learning Activity – Phillies Bridge Farm Project (5-8pm w/potluck)
July 30: Irrigation Systems – Poughkeepsie Farm Project
August 13: Starting a CSA – Hearty Roots Community Farm
August 27: No-Till Vegetable Farming – Four Winds Farm
September 10: TBD
September 24: High Tunnel Production / Hop Production – Obercreek Farm (5-7pm)
October 8: Starting a Raw Milk Dairy – Old Ford Farm (5-7pm)
October 22: Planning and Growing for a Winter CSA – Sparrowbush Farm (5-7pm)
October 29: Next Steps for New Farmers (Panel and Group Discussion) – Hudson Valley Farm Business Incubator