Farmer Training Workshops

Wednesday, June 19, 2019
1:00 pm5:00 pm
Glynwood, Cold Spring, NY
Irrigation Training

Instructors: Leon Vehaba, Poughkeepsie Farm Project Farm Manager; Dave Llewellyn, Glynwood Director of Farm Stewardship

The workshop will cover irrigation basics, including important calculations necessary to understand water capacity and designing a drip or high-efficiency overhead irrigation system. Participants will learn irrigation system components and functions.

Thursday, July 11, 2019
2:00 pm5:00 pm
Glynwood, Cold Spring, NY
Pest and Disease Management

Instructor: Ethan Grundberg, Eastern NY Commercial Horticulture Team

This workshop will start with an overview of the basics of plant pests and diseases. Ethan will discuss bacterial, fungal, viral and abiotic diseases, and then will focus on insect pests. You will learn identification processes and will walk through some specific examples that are most common in fruit and vegetable production in the Hudson Valley. The second segment of the workshop consists of a field walk, during which we will scout for and identify pathogens, discuss how to use ID keys, and determine what to do once a pest has been identified.

Thursday, July 18, 2019
9:00 am5:00 pm
Glynwood, Cold Spring, NY
Pasture and Soil Health Field Day

Instructors: Juan Alvez, University of Vermont Extension; Fay Benson, Cornell Cooperative Extension; James Walton-Fuentes, Glynwood Livestock Manager; Dave Llewellyn, Glynwood Director of Farm Stewardship

This workshop is designed to create a solid understanding of the basic principles of pasture management systems. Participants will learn how to make pastures thrive with good management and understand the function of each family of plants. Field exercises will give participants experience in forage plant identification, pasture productivity and feed value.

Participants will learn about improving pastures with rotational grazing and learn how to calculate paddock sizes, stocking densities, stocking rates and recovery rates. Instructors will also discuss soil health concepts and constraints, and pasture remediation strategies for compacted, wet soils. Additional demonstrations will include a rainfall simulation, active carbon and soil compaction testing, and examination of soil layers. The field day will conclude with a group agroforestry design activity.

Lunch will be included.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019
3:00 pm5:00 pm
Glynwood, Cold Spring, NY
Cover Cropping Workshop

Instructor: Ethan Grundberg, Eastern NY Commercial Horticulture Team

At this workshop, you will learn about the different types of seasonally-appropriate cover crops, how to fit cover crops into your crop rotations, and how cover crops can support beneficial insect populations.

Thursday, October 24, 2019
10:00 am4:00 pm
Glynwood, Cold Spring, NY
Business Planning and Financial Management I

Instructor: Faith Gilbert, Letterbox Farm Collective

This two-part workshop will help new farmers improve their business management skills through introductory lessons in administration and financial management, enterprise budgeting, record-keeping and analysis, core financial documents (e.g., balance sheet, income statement and cash flow statement), business planning, and capital sourcing.

Tickets are $45 for both days; lunch included.

Thursday, November 7, 2019
10:00 am4:00 pm
Glynwood, Cold Spring, NY
Business Planning and Financial Management II

Instructor: Faith Gilbert, Letterbox Farm Collective

This two-part workshop will help new farmers improve their business management skills through introductory lessons in administration and financial management, enterprise budgeting, record-keeping and analysis, core financial documents (e.g., balance sheet, income statement and cash flow statement), business planning, and capital sourcing.

Tickets are $45 for both days; lunch included.

To attend Part II of this event, please register for Part I on October 24.