November 29 @ 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Join UConn Extension Solid Ground program in a new ONLINE course that will help you understand the best practices for your farm in a changing climate. Course includes expert instructors in various fields implementing climate smart agriculture practices, tools under $2000 that are suggested for use, virtual field trips and more.
Topics include: soil health, composting, using plastic and fabric mulches, managing water on the farm, biological pest control, etc.
Running fully online and asynchronously, so learn at your own pace. Course begins November 29th and runs through February 28th, 2024.
January 16, 2024 @ 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Foundations of Shellfish Farming is a training course for new and prospective farmers and those who simply seek to learn more about aquaculture practices and techniques. Topics that will be covered include how to establish and operate a shellfish business; leasing and permitting requirements; considerations for gear, vessels, and facilities, shellfish biology, aquaculture techniques and best practices, and risks involved in farming shellfish. Although the course will concentrate on Long Island Sound waters within the jurisdiction of Connecticut, the topics and practices covered are applicable in the Northeast United States and potentially beyond.
The course begins on January 16th and runs on Tuesdays until April 2nd.
November 17 @ 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Canva is a free, easy-to-use graphic design tool that lets you quickly and easily liven up the visual materials you use in your marketing. The eye-catching graphics you can create are perfect for social media posts, flyers, brochures, and more. Emily Karam, a Miranda Creative graphic designer, guides you through the process of creating and sharing images using Canva.
November 6 @ 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Gain an understanding of how a strong social media presence can benefit your farm. The topics covered encompass establishing a social media foundation for your farm, reaching the appropriate audience, creating a comprehensive strategy for your social presence, an overview of scheduling tools, and more. The webinar also provides ample time for an extended Q&A session. Presented by Allie Bryant, the Social/Digital Brand Manager at Miranda Creative.
The Connecticut Department of Agriculture, in partnership with Miranda Creative, is proud to present CT Grown Academy this fall. These free webinars will offer guidance on how Connecticut farmers and agricultural producers can improve their digital presence, allowing them to better connect with consumers online.
Joining all three webinars is recommended, but participants can also attend webinars individually. Each webinar will last approximately one hour. For more information, please contact Yana Dynia at [email protected].
Webinar One: From Farm Life to #farmlife: Social Media Marketing Basics
When: Monday, November 6th at 1 p.m.
What: Gain an understanding of how a strong social media presence can benefit your farm. The topics covered encompass establishing a social media foundation for your farm, reaching the appropriate audience, creating a comprehensive strategy for your social presence, an overview of scheduling tools, and more. The webinar also provides ample time for an extended Q&A session. Presented by Allie Bryant, the Social/Digital Brand Manager at Miranda Creative.
Webinar Two: Your Digital Multi-Tool: Using Canva Effectively For Your Farm Marketing
When: Friday, November 17th at 1 p.m.
What: Canva is a free, easy-to-use graphic design tool that lets you quickly and easily liven up the visual materials you use in your marketing. The eye-catching graphics you can create are perfect for social media posts, flyers, brochures, and more. Emily Karam, a Miranda Creative graphic designer, guides you through the process of creating and sharing images using Canva.
Webinar Three: Are Customers Finding You Online? Understanding Your Online Presence, Google SEO and Google Analytics
When: Wednesday, December 6th at 1 p.m.
What: When customers search online for fresh, locally sourced products, you want to make sure that your farm is showing up in the results. Greg Boyd, Director of Digital Media Services at Miranda Creative, discusses how you can improve the search engine optimization (SEO) of your website and use other tactics to be seen online.
October 12 @ 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Enrollment in Connecticut’s Public Act 490 (PA 490) program allows open space, farmland and forests to be taxed at a lower rate. The program will provide an overview of PA 490, explain how land is classified and assessed under the program, describe the PA 490 land application process, as well as tips for maintaining the PA 490 classification.
Free for Connecticut Farm Bureau Standard members, $20 for Connecticut Farm Bureau Limited members, $40 for all others.
July 18 @ 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Auerfarm and Samad Gardens Initiative present this series to help you monetize your passion for farming into a successful career! Designed to serve both new farmers and seasoned farmers who wish to improve their business.
July 18: Farm Planning with Stephen Veazey of SCORE Maine
July 25: Recordkeeping for Farms with Stephen Veazey of SCORE Maine
June 13 @ 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
The Connecticut Pomological Society will hold a summer field day with vendors/exhibitors, free dinner, and an educational program. Speakers will include Evan Lentz, UConn; Dr. Jaime Pinero, UMass; Colleen Kisselburgh, Arthur Carroll Insurance; and Micheale Williams, Bishops Orchards.
May 5 @ 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Connecticut farmers are invited to join a discussion on the upcoming federal farm bill with Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro.
June 6 @ 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
The Movement Workshop series, offered free of cost to Connecticut farmers, covers better body mechanics and movement patterns in order to decrease injury potential, increase efficiency, and extend career longevity. Each session includes time to practice four basic movement patterns: hinge, squat, push and pull, along with kneeling patterns, rotation, and core stability.
The workshops will be held at four separate Connecticut farms. Sessions are limited to 15 participants.