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. If you're interested in participating in Bennington-Rutlant CRAFT this season, email Mara Hearrst at [email protected]

The kickoff event and first workshop for 2019 is Monday, May 20th at 5:30 pm. The event will include an introduction to CRAFT, an opportunity to sign up for the rest of the season, a workshop on 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 15th  ([email protected]). 

Participating Host Farms
Earth Sky Time Community Farm, Manchester Center
Alchemy Gardens, Shrewsbury
Evening Song Farm, Cuttingsville
Larson Farm, Wells
Merck Forest and Farmland Center, Rupert
Squier Family Farm
Someday Farm, East Dorset
Yoder Farm, 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 • Grazing & Raw Milk Dairy • Silvipasture & Sustainable Forest Management • Marketing • Small Tool Demonstration on a Diversified Vegetable Farm • Composting & Soils • Crop Planning • Organic Strawberry Production • Multi-Species Livestock Grazing