Ben Hartman grew up on a corn and soybean farm in Indiana and graduated college with degrees in English and philosophy. Ben and his wife, Rachel Hershberger, own and operate Clay Bottom Farm in Goshen, Indiana, where they make their living growing and selling specialty crops on less than one acre. Their food is sold locally to restaurants and cafeterias, at a farmers market, and through a community-supported-agriculture (CSA) program. The farm has twice won Edible Michiana’s Reader’s Choice award. The Lean Farm, Ben’s first book, won the Shingo Institute’s prestigious Research and Professional Publication Award. In 2017, Ben was named one of fifty emerging green leaders in the United States by Grist.
Location: Omega Institute, Rhinebeck, NY | Authors: Dave Jacke
Designing Educational Ecoystems:
A 9-Day Permaculture Educator Training
Seasoned educator Dave Jacke and his team guide you to: assess and design for students learning niches; create effective learning environments; plan for, budget, and market an event; and devise multifunctional, functionally interconnected courses where the whole experience is greater than the sum of the sessions.
Why not send apple growers off to summer camp for some R&R? John Bunker of FEDCO Trees has done it again, this time bringing conversations about heirloom apples, cider making, organic orcharding to a lakeside camp. Experienced growers like Michael will be there to haze the rookies (smile) and all will be fun. Register with MOFGA while the getting is good.
$165 for MOFGA members
$215 for non-members
Steve Gabriel at Wellspring Forest Farm and School
Location: 6164 Deer Run Ln, Trumansburg, NY | Authors: Steve Gabriel
Forest Ecology & Management
with Mike Demunn (Da Ha da nyah) and Steve Gabriel
Learn forest ecology and management techniques for eastern woodlands from Farming the Woods co-author Steve Gabriel and renowned elder forester Mike Demunn. Visit local old growth and heritage forests and farms and practice tree ID, stand assessment, marking, and thinning techniques. Leave the course more confident in your ability to assess and manage woodlots.
· History of forest exploitation
· Principles in woodland stewardship
· Native perspectives on the forest
· Tools to measure forest and tree health
· The role of wildlife in the woods
· Ecology of Old Growth
· Selecting trees for thinning
$300 includes local foods lunch each day and free access to our online course
SIGN UP BY JULY 21 and receive $50 off
Sign up along with the fungi course and save $100.
$30 to camp onsite, or stay in our yurt on the farm.
In this 2-day workshop Peg will cover key aspects to domestic Chinese medicinal herb production. Participants will learn about the cultivation of medicinal herbs, as well as addressing the relevant issues affecting herb quality and accessibility. This program will be of interest to growers, practitioners, students, and those interested in the changing market of contemporary Asian herbal medicine. Note that this program is about growing medicinal plants and does not cover clinical use of herbs.