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Small Ruminants 101
October 26-27, 2023
9:00 - 5:00 both days
Catskills Young Farmers and CADE are proud to bring you another hands-on training - Small Ruminants 101! This two day event will introduce beginning farmers to different approaches to raising sheep and goats for meat. Your teachers will be an inspiring mix of Delaware County farmers, processors, and educators focused on sustainable practices.
Roam On the Range (Hobart) - Goat herding, silvopasture, agrotourism
Weathered Hill Farm (South Kortright) - Rotational sheep grazing, custom on-farm processing
East Brook Community Farm (Walton) - Goat slaughter demonstration
Solinsky’s Meats (Stamford) - Working with a USDA meat processor
CCE Delaware - learn what type of support CCE can provide to farmers
Rain or shine, we’ll walk and talk with the farmers about their practices and different perspectives on raising animals. Plan to be on your feet for 3+ hours at a time of walking through fields, brush, and woods. Waterproof shoes and sturdy warm clothing are a must!
Delicious, locally sourced lunches will be provided by New Day Kitchen, and limited lodging is available for out-of-town folks upon request.
This event is FREE, but space is limited and registration is required. REGISTER HERE - registration open until October 11!
Please note: we have a max capacity of 12 participants. Beginning farmers, and those who self-identify as marginalized will be prioritized.
Questions about this program can be directed to Rhiannon Wright - firstname.lastname@example.org.
September Farm Club - pizza night at Stony Creek!
September Farm Club is a Pizza Night at Stony Creek in Walton! Let's eat pizza together at this beautiful farm, where the Marsiglios raise a menagerie of animals, grow veg, host travelers, and run hands-on kids programming.
9/30/23 from 5:00-dark.
We don't normally ask for RSVP's for farm club, but we need a head count for Kate for dinner. Please let us know if you're coming ASAP (before 9/26)
The chapter can cover dinner for up to 20 ppl - after that, it will be $20 per person.
August Farm Club - group u-pick at Northstar!
Let's pick blueberries! August's Farm Club is a group u-pick at Northstar Blueberry Farm in Franklin <3
Jonny, farm manager and chapter member, is giving us a discounted price - $2.50/lb! (normally $3.50/lb). ORGANIC!!!
Wednesday, August 16 from 4-6ish.
595 Franklin Heights Road
Franklin, NY 13775
No requirement to pick - just come hang if you'd like. All are welcome - current and aspiring farmers, food businesses, etc etc.
Draft Horse 101
May 19-21, 2023
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM daily
796 County Hwy 40, Charlotteville, NY 12036
As fuel and equipment costs continue to rise, many farmers are looking for more sustainable and economical sources of farm power. At this event, beginning farmers will learn the basics of horse care, ground driving, hitching, and teamwork. Participants will also consider how horses fit into a larger farm business plan as both an expense and potential income stream - from logging to sleigh rides.
The event is free, and stipends will be offered to beginning farmers. Free camping is available!
Please note: the registration asks for some detail on your past experience with horses and farming in order to help us select a group that is best suited for the training. Please be as detailed as you can, as we have a limited capacity and may not be able to accept all registrants.
Beginning farmers, aspiring teamsters, BIPOC, LGBTQ, and women will be prioritized.