Hudson Valley Farm Hub's Farm Mechanic Basics Program

Hudson Valley Farm Hub's
Farm Mechanic
Basics Program

Our vision is to increase professional development around farm mechanization so that farmers and other agricultural workers can make their farms more efficient, scale up if desired, make expensive equipment last, be safe in a dangerous profession, and save money.

Program description:
Hudson Valley Farm Hub’s Farm Mechanic Basics program offers hands-on experience with agricultural mechanics in our state-of-the-art machine shop through 10 day-long sessions intended for farmers and other agricultural workers. An in-depth look at tractors and implements, you will understand the parts and systems of tractors, and gain experience diagnosing problems, conducting maintenance and performing basic repairs on farm equipment.
Topics covered will include:

This program is for those who want to take steps toward mechanization or gain a basic understanding of agricultural mechanics. We have designed the program with beginning farmers, farm apprentices, and farmworkers in mind. You do not need prior experience with tractors and farm equipment to apply, though the program is intended for those looking to take steps toward mechanized farm work.

When

10 sessions will run from 9am-5pm each day. For session details, see topic areas above.

Friday & Saturday
December 10 & 11
Tractor Intensive (optional tractor workshop and driving practice)
Friday
January 20
Shop Safety, Tools & Supplies
Saturday
January 21
Systems & Parts of the Tractor
Friday
January 27
Small Engines
Saturday
January 28
Service & Maintenance (1)
Friday
February 3
Service & Maintenance (2)
Saturday
February 4
Troubleshooting & Basic Repair
Friday
February 10
Implements
Saturday
February 11
Do It Yourself
Sunday, February 12 or Saturday, February 18
Please hold for a snow cancellation make-up day

Where

Hudson Valley Farm Hub
1875 Hurley Mountain Road
Hurley, NY 12443

Instructors

Sarah Groat, Farm Mechanic, sarahgroat.com
Jayne Henson, farmer, Transgenerational Farm
Jesus Gonzalez Negrete, Tractor Operator, Hudson Valley Farm Hub
John DiMarco, Facility Manager at Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture
Willis Ross, Mechanic
Other regional farm crew and farm mechanics will be guest instructors!

Cost

Attendance to the program is free, though you do need to commit to attending all sessions.  We will provide stipends to eligible participants for travel and childcare expenses.

How to apply

Applications go live on October 3, 2022 and the deadline to apply is November 21, 2022. To apply, please find our application here. For further inquiries about Farm Mechanic Basics, please contact Sara Katz at skatz@hvfarmhub.org or call 845.331.1187 x 107.