Participants in the New Entry Farmer Training Program and all Farm Business Planning Class graduates and the general public are welcome to attend our bi-monthly Spring/Summer Field Training Series. These on-farm workshops focus on building practical skills on topics including organic agricultural production and marketing, food and farm safety, greenhouse management, small equipment use and maintenance, pest management, irrigation, and soil and water conservation and provide the practical field component of our farmer training program.
All field trainings take place at one of New Entry's farm incubator sites; the site is noted in the field training schedule below. The Ogonowski Memorial Fields address is 100 Jones Ave, Dracut, MA and the Smith-Healy Farm address is 300 Jones Ave, Dracut. The field trainings are free for graduates of New Entry's Farm Business Planning Course and Farmer Training Program, and for the general public. It is helpful if you can email John Short if you plan to attend a field training at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 2017 Spring/Summer Field Training Series:
Tuesday, June 13rd, 4-6 pm @ Oganowski Field
Irrigation Field Workshop
Learn how to design, install, and maintain drip irrigation systems as well as the purposes and strategies behind irrigation. This workshop will focus on the practical matters of irrigation, as well as the theory and science behind water management in crops.
Saturday, July 8th, 10am-12pm @ Smith-Healy Farm
Harvest and Post-Harvest Technique Field Workshop
Now, as you are coming upon your harvest season, it’s the time to remind ourselves of food safety, best harvest practices, good record keeping and vegetable washing/cooling methods. We are in a time of paramount importance and emphasis on following food safety regulations. We want to make sure that our systems are in line with and mindful of these practices. We will review some regulations and review our wash station set-ups and policies. We will also review best and safest harvest practices and ideas for record keeping!
Wednesday, August 30th, 4-6 pm @ Oganowski Field
EMASSCRAFT Tools for Small Scale Farming Workshop
This is a Show and Tell Workshop in conjunction with Eastern Massachusetts CRAFT (Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training). A wide variety of tools including walk-behind tractors, wheel hoes, flame weeders, and more that are used in small scale farming will be examined and demonstrated. Please bring your own favorite tool for small scale farming to demonstrate!
For more information about the Spring/Summer Field Series, contact New Entry's office at 978-654-6745.