Farming Basics

Are you exploring the idea of farming, but not quite sure where to jump in?  Many people who are interested in farming underestimate the level of commitment it takes to be a successful commercial farmer, but Groundswell’s Farming Basics programs are designed to help students decide which direction to take in their farming careers.

(For advanced farming courses, visit our Farmer Technical Courses page.)

Our Farming 101 workshop series is a good option for students who are confident that they’re ready to begin learning how to farm but still lack experience. These workshops combine an introduction to agricultural theory with basic technical skills instruction: students will be given an overview of how food systems function and the role that organic farms play in the community, plus tutorials in the basic demands of raising produce and livestock. Workshop sessions are conducted by our Farmer Educators in our on-farm outdoor classrooms. As a subset of Farming 101, Groundswell’s “Farming While Brown” discussion workshop tackles issues of importance for people of color trying to get involved in farming, including the history of relationships between people of color and the farm industry.

Finger Lakes CRAFT (Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training) brings together established and aspiring farmers to share support and information about maintaining a farm business. CRAFT meets monthly throughout the growing season at one of several CRAFT Mentor Farms to learn about each farm operation, ask lots of questions, and share knowledge, while networking with each other.

Click on the course link for more information or to register for a class.

Groundswell’s New Farmer Training Programs are supported in part by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program under grant #11674923.