Bennington-Rutland CRAFT


Join NOFA-VT and a diverse group of Rutland & Bennington County farms for a workshop series geared towards aspiring and beginning farmers of all ages seeking meaningful mentorship! Workshops are scheduled between May and October and are free to participants. Participants must be working on area farms during the course of the training program and must be able to attend 5 of the 8 workshops being offered. Workshops include a farm tour and training session followed by a potluck. As a participant you will receive a resource manual from NOFA-VT at the end of the program as well as a handful of relationships with experienced farmers to refer to as you work your way towards your agricultural career.

The kickoff event and first workshop for 2018 is on Monday, May 7th at 6:00 pm at Earth Sky Time Community Farm in Manchester, VT. The event will include an introduction to CRAFT, an opportunity to sign up for the rest of the season, a workshop on Greenhouse Production & No-Till Vegetable Farming, followed by a potluck! Please RSVP for the event. For questions or to sign up for the CRAFT kick-off event, please contact Mara Hearst by May 1st ([email protected]). 

Participating Host Farms
Earth Sky Time Community Farm, Manchester Center
Yoder Farm, Danby
Evening Song Farm, Cuttingsville
Alchemy Gardens, Shrewsbury
Someday Farm, East Dorset
Breezy Meadows Orchard & Nursery, Tinmouth
Larson Farm, Wells
Merck Forest and Farmland Center, Rupert

Other Participating “Associate Farms”
Pickering’s CSA, Arlington
Foggy Meadow Produce, Benson
Cerridwen Farm, Poultney
Smokey House Center, Danby

** If you work on a farm that is not listed, ask your farmer to become an associate farm this year! Associate farms commit to educating their farm workers and can attend workshops with you.

Potential Workshop Topics
No-Till Vegetable Farming • Greenhouse Production • Johnny’s Seeds Tool Demo • Shiitake Production & Propagation • Strawberry Production • Grazing & Raw Milk Dairy • • Vegetable Crop Planning • Draft Horses & Silvipasture • Diversified Hillside Farming • Marketing • Composting & Soil Health