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Mechanization and Tractor Education for Beginning Farmers


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COST: Sliding scale, $25-$75

Ground work is designed for aspiring, beginning and established farmers who want to gain knowledge, skills and confidence in selecting, operating and maintaining equipment and machinery. Farm managers, employees and apprentices will also benefit from the education and assistance.

Almost every farm reaches a point where machines become a necessity for more productive and profitable work. Ground Work participants will expand their knowledge and skills and build a mechanization plan that takes into account their skill level and existing farm operation and will help them plan for the future. 

The 2015 Ground Work Program will include:

A three-part webinar series providing an overview of mechanization, an introduction to tractor and machine safety, and a framework for making decisions about purchasing tractors and machinery.

Hands-on, small group tractor skills workshops, offered in VT, NY, MA and/or CT. Opportunities to get individual coaching and technical assistance.

Along the way, Ground Work will provide self-assessments and planning guides to help you develop a mechanization plan that fits your current situation and help you build the overall farm operation you desire.

CONTACT: Apply at or contact Beth or 802-223-2389x204. To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Heidi Krantz at or 802-223-2389 by: March 1 for the webinars and by April 1 for the hands-on session.