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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…