Boots to Bushels – Market Garden Training for New England

Educators at the University of Rhode Island (URI) are hosting the Boots to Bushels New Farmer Training Program (B2B) starting in the winter of 2024.

Using the “5 F’s” of farming risk (Farming, Family, Finances, Fitness, Future) as a guide, 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, no-till production, harvest and storage, safe food handling, marketing/branding, farm business/economics, and tool and equipment maintenance and safety.

Phase 1:

10 weeks of online instruction. Classes will be held online every other Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. — 1:00 p.m. from February 20th through June 25th, 2024.

Phase 2:

Further instruction will be provided through monthly farm visits. If you are from Maine, or live nearby, you can attend the Maine farm visits at no extra cost. Each farm visit will highlight techniques and methods learned during classroom instruction. URI is also offering farm visits in Rhode Island, see their website for more info.

Registration Ends February 18, 2024

Register Online (URI)

UMaine Cooperative Extension is hosting these farm visits with funding from USDA NIFA Grant #2021-70033-35716.

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