The Foodshed Alliance offers FREE training/technical assistance to help emerging, existing and expanding farmers be more successful. Your input will help us offer the most relevant and effective trainings possible!

SHARE YOUR INPUT WITH US

Upcoming Trainings

View Webinars

Climate Smart Farming: Conservation Practices That Can Make You Money!

with Rachel DeFlumeri

Presented on June 18, 2024, by the Foodshed Alliance.

Rachel DeFlumeri discusses her experience throughout various agriculture agencies including in government, universities, and the private sector. She shares how her expertise and research in perennial plants and arboriculture has shown to be an important technique for Climate Smart Farming to support biodiversity conservation on farms, as well as provide important economic benefits to the farm enterprises.

This project is supported by a Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA, Grant #2021-49400-35613.

Intro to USDA Funding Programs

March 28th, 2024

Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), Farm Service Agency (FSA), and New Jersey Department of Agriculture (NJDA) have many grant funding, resource connection, and other opportunities for farmers! Learn about their programs – what projects are fundable, what to expect in the application process, how to access the funds or other resources, and more!

Presentors:

NRCS – Tairi Colon NRCS, 732-616-0314 Tairi.colon@usda.gov https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/

FARM SERVICE AGENCY– Olyvia Evanko, Beginner Farmer and Rancher Coordinator Olyvia.evanko@usda.gov & Lauren Massey, FSA Farm Loan Officer Trainee 856-285-7663 lauren.massey@usda.gov

NJDA – Sandra Howland Division of Agricultural & Natural Resources New Jersey Department of Agriculture, Sandra.Howland@ag.nj.gov 609-815-6159

Resources:
USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA)
Intro to NJDA & Grants & Manurelink
NRCS Funding Programs

Part 1 of Crop Planning Workshop

with Abeni Ramsey

March 14th, 2024

The sessions focus on mastering the art of assessing cultural conditions across different sections of your site. You’ll gain insights into understanding climate, site conditions like topography, soil types, and drainage. The workshop also includes understanding your customer demands and aligning with market trends, calculating bed length, evaluating yield per square foot, and mastering seasonality. You’ll learn to strategize your planting schedule to fulfill customer demands proficiently. This knowledge-packed workshop is all set to empower you with the tools you need to succeed. Get excited, because your journey to becoming an expert starts here!

This event is funded by the USDA Transition to Organic Partnership Program, helping farmers understand how and why they should make the transition to a more sustainable farming practice. 
To Certify or Not to Certify

with Mark Keating, USDA-NRCS

February 8th, 2024

Mark Keating has been working in organic, local and sustainable agriculture since 1988. He began his career working as a farm laborer and food processing technician, and has spent stretches working in cooperative extension, state and federal civil service, academia and journalism. He worked for the USDA National Organic Program for five years and spent another two years with the Department’s Farmers Market Branch.
This event is funded by the USDA Transition to Organic Partnership Program, helping farmers understand how and why they should make the transition to a more sustainable farming practice. 
Evaluate Soil Health

with Fred Schoenagel, USDA-NRCS

Presented November 14, 2023

Fred Schoenagel, Resource Soil Scientist with USDA-NRCS, discusses physical soil properties (color, texture, structure) and chemical soil properties (pH, fertility levels), along with certain site features (slope, soil depth, water tables, restrictive horizons) to determine whether or not a particular site is suitable for the successful establishment and growth of agricultural and/or horticultural crops.
Resources cited during the webinar:
This event is funded by the USDA Transition to Organic Partnership Program, helping farmers understand how and why they should make the transition to a more sustainable farming practice.

 Marketing for Small Farmers
with Dr. Danielle Eisemen, Cornell University
Presented July 17, 2023 

This session explored marketing opportunities and techniques for small farmers. The prevalence and low cost associated with using social media provides a useful tool for small farms to promote their products. However, creating engaging content on social media can be challenging. This session provides guidance on how to engage with local consumers through social media effectively, building off recent evidence from a study that shows dimensions of warmth and competence can be useful frames for engaging consumers.

Resources cited during the webinar:
Presentation slides

This project is supported by a three-year Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA, Grant #2021-49400-35613.

 Climate Smart Agriculture in the Northeast

with Dr. Danielle Eisemen, Cornell University
Presented June 12, 2023

In this session, we explore the evidence of how climate has changed and is changing across the Northeast, with an emphasis on what this means for farmers. You will learn about several tools that are freely available to help make management decisions and predict future impacts on your farm. You will also learn six overarching strategies to help you create new opportunities through your farming practices in a changing climate.

This project is supported by a three-year Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA, Grant #2021-49400-35613.

Understanding Farm Financials
with Sam Smith, Farm Business Director with the Intervale Center, Vermont
Presented April 6, 2023

Learn to keep track of your farm’s finances, how to budget for each season, and tips for making the most of your farm’s financial situation.

Resources cited during the webinar:
https://www.intervale.org/resources-for-farmers (financial workbook templates)

This project is supported by a three-year Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA, Grant #2021-49400-35613.

Regenerative Agriculture Systems
with Mike Rassweiler of Northeast Organic Farming Association of New Jersey and North Slope Farm
Presented March 24, 2023

Learn about Regenerative Agriculture Systems from Mike Rassweiler of Northeast Organic Farming Association of New Jersey and North Slope Farm about Regenerative Agriculture Systems. Mike shared his experiences farming vegetables, flowers and herbs, starting from a very basic knowledge of how to farm, adjusting over time to invest in permanent beds, strategies to reduce tillage and adoption of some no-till strategies. 

Resources cited during webinar:

https://northslopefarm.com/ is a deep well of knowledge and experience. Explore their site for more information on their farming journey and experiences since 1995! 
Soil Carbon Restoration: check out this  resource from NOFA-Mass.
NOFA-NJ also has an extensive resource library for NJ farmers here: https://nofanj.org/resource-library/

This project is supported by a three-year Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA, Grant #2021-49400-35613.

Develop and Update Your Farm Business Plan
with Sam Smith, Farm Business Director, Intervale Center, VT
Presented March 2, 2023

Learn how to create from scratch and continue adapting your farm’s business plan. As you start and grow business, it is so important to understand, follow, and update your business plan. Presented by Sam Smith, Farm Business Director with the Intervale Center, Vermont, on March 2, 2023. 

Resources cited during webinar:

This project is supported by a three-year Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA, Grant #2021-49400-35613.

Running a Small-Scale Organic Farm
with Dave Zelov, Kittatinny Mountain Farm
Presented January 18, 2023

Geared to beginning farmers, but open to all, this free training session shows how David Zelov and his wife, Danielle, built their business farming 2 acres of rented land and continue to operate it 13 years later.

This project is supported by a three-year Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA, Grant #2021-49400-35613.

The Right to Farm Act in New Jersey
With Alison Reynolds, Esq., Legal Specialist with the New Jersey State Agriculture Development Committee (SADC).
Presented March 18, 2022

This presentation covers the basics of the Right to Farm Act in New Jersey, including what constitutes a “commercial farm” eligible for Right to Farm protection. It also examines recent and emerging issues in Right to Farm, including farm markets, agritourism and special occasion events.

This project is supported by a three-year Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA, Grant #2021-49400-35613.

Subscribe To Our Newsletter!

* indicates required

© 2024 Foodshed Alliance

Foodshed Alliance

Office location:
326 High Street
Hope, NJ 07844
Mailing address:
P.O. Box 53
Hope, NJ 07844
ph: (908) 362-7967
The Foodshed Alliance is an equal opportunity provider.