Agricultural Education and Training
The Farm Hub’s Agricultural Education and Training program aims to improve the capacity of farmers and agricultural workers to plan and sustain their careers in agriculture.
A new generation of farmers that is inclusive and reflective of the diversity of the U.S. is much needed in agriculture.
Farm Equipment and Safety/Equipos Agrícolas y Seguridad
Farming at scale using organic practices requires unique skills and experience. We’ve taken great care to make farm safety at the forefront of all that we do, from the safety of our workers to that of the food that leaves our farm. We offer training on tractor safety and operation and recently launched Fundamentos de Mecánica Agrícola, a new Farm Hub program that began in the fall of 2022.
We also offer tractor training targeted at new and beginning farmers, and for experienced farmers aiming to take steps toward mechanization. Our two-day Tractor Intensive covers the basics of tractor safety and operation, including field-based driving practice. We go over the parts of the tractor, cover safety and associated hazards, as well as routine daily checks and maintenance. Check our events page for more information.
Farm Business Planning
A note about our former ProFarmers
Our inaugural farmer training initiative, the ProFarmer Program, was retired as a multi-year program in 2021. We are honored to have supported the learning paths of former participants like Jesse Goldfarb, who started Tributary Farm in High Falls, NY, in 2018, and of our current trainee Jayne Henson, who is now in her 3rd season of business, at Transgenerational Farm in Accord. Some alumni are now working as full-time members of our production team, including Andrew Casner, now Field Crops Coordinator, and Jesus Gonzalez-Negrete, a tractor operator and instructor in our farm mechanics programming.
We continue to develop educational programs and workshops with the aim of making them available to members of the community.
We continue to develop educational programming in service to the Hudson Valley agricultural community and are always looking for partners in this work. We are committed to racial, gender and economic justice and are particularly focused on programming that will reach those historically and presently marginalized in agriculture.