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.
Yet, clear racial, ethnic, and gender disparities in agricultural land ownership and management exist. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, farmers, ranchers, and agricultural managers are more than 96 percent white. Farmers and fieldworkers are also aging out of the profession. The average age of a principal operator rose from 50.3 years in 1978 to 58.3 years, according to the USDA’s 2017 Census of Agriculture. We intend to help address these inequities through programming especially for and by beginning farmers and farmers of color.
Farm Equipment and Safety
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 Farm Mechanic Basics, a new Farm Hub program that began in January 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 announcements of these workshops, which are offered in the fall.
Farm Business Planning
Through our partnership with GrowNYC’s Beginner Farmer Program, which serves farmers with business technical assistance and training, we host and support their La Nueva Siembra course on farm business planning. We also co-create workshops each year for beginning farmers in the Hudson Valley, which are often more focused on production-oriented topics. This programming is offered in Spanish.
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 Language Worker on our Language Justice team.
We continue to develop educational programs and workshops with the aim of making them available to members of the community.