Boots-2-Bushels: Boot Camp for Market Gardeners and Farmers
2021 classes will be held twice monthly, January 11 – May 24 (via zoom)
Weekly Field Work, May – September 2021
KVCC Harold Alfond Campus, Clinton, Maine
$50 registration fee
Workshop is FULL.
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Learn how to go from seed to salary with this course for military veterans, their family members, and farmers with a disability interested in growing and selling their own farm produce.
Participants who attend 85% of all classes and participate in the growing program will earn a Certificate of Completion and Letter of Recommendation. All participants will be able to take home weekly shares of the produce they are growing.
Space is limited. Preference will be given to participants who are veterans, veteran family members, and/or farmers with a disability.
All classes taught by UMaine Extension, MOFGA, and local farmer subject matter experts.
- January 11: Soil Health
- January 25: Crop Planning
- February 8: Small Fruit Production; Safe Food Handling
- February 22: Vegetable Production (Leaf, Cucurbit, and Nightshades)
- March 8: Vegetable Production (Root, Bulb, and Cole Crops)
- March 22: Business planning, Bookkeeping and Taxes, Marketing/Branding
- April 12: Field work: Seedling Production; Farm Visit: Newcastle
- April 26: Harvest and Storage; Farm Visit: Penobscot
- May 10: Disease Management
- May 24: Tools and Equipment Maintenance and Safety
- May 25 – September 30: Field Work
Through classroom instruction and hands-on learning, participants will acquire the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to successfully grow produce for small-scale private or commercial fruit and vegetable production. All participants will receive classes and training on soil health, crop planning, fruit and vegetable production, integrated pest management, harvest and storage, safe food handling, marketing/branding, farm business/economics, and tool and equipment maintenance and safety. Instruction, high-tunnel, and field growing will take place at Kennebec Valley Community College’s Harold Alfond campus located in Clinton, ME as appropriate. Based on COVID-19 restrictions, classroom instruction will be remote via zoom. Products grown will be available for personal consumption. Participants who attend at least 85% of all classes and participate in the growing program will earn a Certificate of Completion and Letter of Recommendation.
- Understand and implement best practices to promote long-term productivity and efficiency of soil health.
- Understand and implement best practices for crop planning
- Understand and implement best practices for various vegetable and fruit variety production to include pest management and cultural practices that optimize high-quality harvests
- Know how to develop marketing and branding strategies
- Understand the need and use of a farm business plan
- Learn the business skills required to run a successful farm business
- $50 for book and supplies
- Personal garden work gloves, season-appropriate clothing for outdoor field work to include
head, footwear, sun protection, and bug spray.
- Bulletin #2037, Farmer Skill and Knowledge Checklist for Vegetable Growers in Maine
- Other reading and materials to be provided and assigned.
- 677 Skowhegan Rd, Clinton, ME 04927; follow signs to “The Farm at KVCC”
|Week 1||11 Jan||12p-4p||Soil Health||Jason Lilley, UMaine Extension|
|Week 2||25 Jan||9a-1p||Crop Planning||Adrienne Lee, New Beat Farm|
|Week 3||8 Feb||9a-1p||Small Fruit Production; Safe Food Handling||David Handley, UMaine Extension|
|Week 4||22 Feb||9a-1p||Vegetable Production (Leaf, Cucurbit, and Nightshade Vegetables)||Caleb Goossen, MOFGA|
|Week 5||8 Mar||9a-1p||Vegetable Production (Root, Bulb, and Cole Crops)||Dave Colson, MOFGA (retired)|
|Week 6||22 Mar||9a-1p||Business planning, Bookkeeping and Taxes, Marketing/Branding||Nicolas Lindholm, MOFGA|
|Week 7||12 April||9a-1p||Field work: Seedling Production; Farm Visit: Newcastle||Brady Hatch, Morning Dew Farm|
|Week 8||26 April||12p-4p||Harvest and Storage; Farm Visit: Penobscot||Paul Schultz, King Hill farm|
|Week 9||10 May||9a-1p||Disease Management||Alicyn Smart, UMaine Extension|
|Week 10||24 May||12p-4p||Tools and Equipment Maintenance and Safety||Jason Lilley, UMaine Extension|
|Weeks 10-30||25 May– 30 Sep||TBD||Field and High Tunnel Work||Caragh Fitzgerald and Staff, UMaine Extension|
Participants with 85% attendance to the classroom instruction and weekly participation in the growing season will receive a Certificate of Completion and Letter of Recommendation. Every effort will be made to accommodate illness, inclement weather, or any other unforeseen situation that might preclude class attendance. Recordings and instructors will be available for make-up classes.
Field work: The field work in the raised gardens, field and high tunnel is an opportunity to apply classroom and theoretical learning into production of fruits and vegetables. You will be actively involved and responsible for your assigned duties.
For more information or to request a reasonable accommodation, contact Anne Devin at firstname.lastname@example.org or 207.991.2651.