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Strengthening Connecticut Farms

In response to training needs of new farmers, University of Connecticut (UConn) Extension launched its Solid Ground Farmer Training Program. The program features classroom trainings, online tutorials, and statewide events that target growers who range in experience from 0-10 years of farming. The UConn Extension team hires and schedules trainers, advertises the program, provides in-person staff support at each training, and steers collaboration with the New CT Farmer Alliance and CT Northeast Organic Farming Association of Connecticut (NOFA). Partners set training priorities, help recruit participants, and ensure that trainings are happening across the state so that growers can access this learning opportunity in small group settings. Training is available in an e-learning format, as well as one-on-one consultations in selected subject areas.

NIFA supports the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program.

Read more at UConn's New Farms and Farmers.

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