2017 Farmer Training Workshops

Many of the farmer training classes we provide to our apprentices are open to the public with registration (previous farm experience is preferred). For more information, including suggested reading, contact Dave Llewellyn, Director of Farm Stewardship.


Management & Utilization of Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi

April 12, 2017 | 6-8pm

Instructor: Dr. David Douds, USDA-ARS

Arbuscular mycorrhizal [AM] fungi are naturally-occurring soil fungi that form a beneficial symbiosis with the roots of most plants, assisting them with nutrient uptake and drought and disease resistance. Optimal utilization of symbiosis should be a part of any sustainable agricultural system. This workshop will include an introduction to the structure and function of arbuscular mycorrhizas, examples of how farm management can impact the native AM fungus community in agricultural soils, and the on-farm production and utilization of AM fungus inoculum.

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April 26, 2017 | 6-8pm

Instructor: Leon Vehaba, Poughkeepsie Farm Project Farm Manager

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.

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Introduction to Holistic Management

May 3, 2017 | 6-9pm

Instructor: Sarah Williford, farmer and Holistic Management International board member

Participants will learn how holistic management helps family farmers become more prosperous, helps strengthen local economies, improves local food quality, heals the environment, improves wildlife habitats and fosters community ties and preserves local culture.

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Worker Protection Standards (Pesticide Application)

May 9, 2017  |  6-8pm

Instructor: Maire Ullrich, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Orange County

The Worker Protection Standard (WPS) is a federal regulation issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and enforced by NYSDEC.   It is designed to protect employees on farms, forests, nurseries, and greenhouses from occupational exposures to agricultural pesticides. The WPS covers agricultural workers, early-entry workers, and pesticide handlers.

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Practical Fence Building

May 24, 2017 | 1-4pm

Instructor: Troy Bishopp, The Grass Whisperer

Good fences make good neighbors…and allow farmers to manage livestock more efficiently. This workshop will prepare you to build long-lasting fences. You’ll learn everything you need to know about quality products, pricing a job, building braces correctly, installing wire and fence chargers, and a few tricks of the trade.

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Small Ruminant School

June 7, 2017 | 10-3:30pm

Instructor: Tatiana Stanton, Cornell Cooperative Extension, and Jason Detzel, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Ulster County

The small ruminant school will introduce participants to small ruminant care, including general health guidelines, nutrition overview, lambing and kidding practices and pasture management instruction. Includes lunch.

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Pests & Disease

June 21, 2017 | 3-5pm

Instructor: Ethan Grundberg and Erik Schellenberg, Cornell Cooperative Extension-Ulster County

This workshop will start with an overview of the basics of plant pests and diseases. Erik will discuss bacterial, fungal, viral and abiotic diseases, and then focus on insect pests. You will learn the identification process, and 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, and discuss how to use ID keys and what to do once an identification has been made.

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Holistic Planned Grazing at Incubator

June 28, 2017  |  6-9pm

Instructors: Elizabeth Marks, National Resource Conservation Service biologist and Holistic Management certified educator

Our instructor will review the principles of managed grazing, including balancing forage quality and supply with livestock nutritional demand. Attendees will learn to monitor pasture performance in the field using the dart method for ecological monitoring.

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Soil Health Field Day at Incubator 

August 23, 2017  |  9-5pm


Paul Salon, Plant Materials Specialist, NRCS

Fay Benson, SCNY Regional Dairy & Field Crops Team, Small Dairy Support, Cornell Cooperative Extension

Masoud Hashemi, University of Massachusetts, Stockbridge School of Agriculture, Team Leader: Crops, Dairy, Livestock, Equine

Dave Llewellyn, Director of Farm Stewardship, Glynwood

This full-day workshop will take place at the Hudson Valley Farm Business Incubator. Soil Health 101 will include soil health concepts and constraints, pasture remediation strategies for compacted, wet soils, a water infiltration demonstration, and active carbon testing. The field day will also include a tour of Glynwood’s pasture improvement trials and warm season annual forage demonstration areas.

Includes lunch.

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Cover Cropping

September 6, 2017 | 6-8pm

Instructor: Ethan Grundberg , Cornell Cooperative Extension, Orange County

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.

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Carbon Farming / Agroforestry  at Stone Barns

October 12, 2017 | 9-4pm

Instructor:  Connor Stedman, AppleSeed Permaculture

The session will focus on three major topics in agroforestry and carbon farming: silvopasturing, multi-functional buffers and a practicum with a field walk and design practice.

Registration coming soon…