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Rutland/Bennington C.R.A.F.T. – Farmer Training Program

RAFFL & NOFA-VT to host CRAFT Farm Apprentice workshops on Rutland and Bennington County farms again this year between May and October of 2017.

The Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Trainingis a national apprenticeship program that seeks to educate farm workers who are interested in becoming farmers in the future. CRAFT provides the structure for meaningful mentor relationships between committed farmers and focused apprentices by providing a diversity of on-farm educational experiences throughout the season.

Benefits of Participation

·       Learn about a diversity of topics and farm systems

·       Network with other apprentices, interns, and farm workers in the region

·       Meet other CRAFT farmers by attending monthly workshops on each of the participating farms

·       Receive a resource manual with in-depth information on each topic and Vermont’s new farmer services

This is a 7-part workshop series for farmers in training. Workshops are FREE, and you do not have to be an apprentice on one of the host farms in order to participate. In order to receive the CRAFT Certificate from RAFFL and NOFA-VT, apprentices must attend 4 of the 7 workshops. Workshops include a farm tour, training session, followed by a potluck!

Workshop Dates, Times, and Farm Hosts

May 22nd, 6:30-9:00 – Greenhouse Production & Propagation – Earth, Sky, Time Community Farm, Manchester

June 5th, 6:30-9:00 – Cover Cropping & Soil Management – Yoder Farm, Danby

June 19th, 6:30-9:00 – Grazing & Raw Milk Dairy – Larson Farm, Wells

July 17th, 6:30-9:00 – Shiitake Production – Evening Song CSA, Shrewsbury

August 14th, 6:30-9:00 – Crop Planning – Alchemy Gardens, Shrewsbury

September 18th, 5:30-8:30 – Diversified Farming – Breezy Meadows Orchards & Nursery, Tinmouth

October 2nd, 5:30-8:30 – Marketing: Farmer Forum  – Someday Farm, East Dorset

How Do I Participate? Still looking for a farm apprenticeship this season? Have an apprenticeship lined up already but want to attend the workshops? Looking for the workshop schedule or more information?

Contact:Mara Hearst | Farm Business Advisor | Rutland Area Farm and Food Link |

(802) 417-1528 x 4 | |