Upper Valley CRAFT

The Upper Valley CRAFT (Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training) is an educational and a social opportunity for farm staff considering a farming career.

Upper Valley farms collaborate to offer this educational opportunity for their farm apprentices, interns, and staff. Participating farms and their staff form a group of teachers and learners, meeting together twice monthly through the summer season at each others’ farms to have a tour and an instructional talk given by the host farmer. Participants experience a diversity of successful farm models,  learn about a variety of agricultural topics, and get to know their peers and area farm owners.

We are in our 5th year of Upper Valley CRAFT in 2016, with 12 participating farms and 30 workers attending the tours. Topics include business planning, production techniques, and marketing. Most of the staff intend to have farming careers. CRAFT strengthens capacity, community, and collaboration among the awesome farms of the Upper Valley.

Participation in CRAFT starts with the farmer choosing to join the program. Because an integral part of the program is the reciprocal tours and talks, staff must be working on a CRAFT farm to attend the tours. That said,  UV CRAFT is open to all farms in our region and every year we welcome new farms to the schedule. Do you have a farm, with staff who can benefit from on-farm learning? Contact us and let’s start collaborating!

Other participating CRAFT Programs in Vermont:

Participating Farms 2016

Sunrise Farm, White River Junction, VT
Crossroad Farm, Fairlee, VT
Hurricane Flats, South Royalton, VT
Root 5 Farm, Fairlee, VT
Sweetland Farm, Norwich, VT
Cedar Mountain Farm, Hartland, VT
Deep Meadow Farm, Weathersfield, VT
Luna Bleu Farm, South Royalton, VT
Deep Meadow Farm, Ascutney, VT
Walpole Valley Farm, Walpole, NH
Kiss the Cow, Barnard, VT
Heartwood Farm, Barnard, VT
Spring Ledge Farm, New London, NH
Cedar Circle Farm, East Thetford, VT

Tour Topics 2016

Crop planning/variety selection
Software for farm success
Weed control/cultivation
Draft power
Grass-based dairy
Farm finances
Marketing
Winter growing
Produce washing and packing

2016 CRAFT Tour Resource Guide

Find links for more information about the topics covered at each CRAFT tour.

CRAFT in other places

Our CRAFT program is inspired by the original CRAFT in Western Massachusetts, which maintains a list of all national CRAFT programs.

UV CRAFT is made possible by our farmer participants, partner organizations: RAFFL and NOFA-VT, and by funding from the Vermont Working Lands Enterprise Initiative.

Visit our Resources page for help finding jobs, trainings, advice, and more.

Upper Valley CRAFT is supported by

WLEB logo

What's Happening

Visit Our Food & Farm Blog

Sales and Marketing

UV.Flavors.icon

Flavors of the Valley

Annual local foods expo.

Learn More  >

Resources

Valley Food & Farm Guide

Free searchable online guide for farms.

Learn More  >

workplace

Workplace Markets

Facilitating farm to worksite delivery.

Learn More  >

school

Farm to School Network

Farm to school connections.

Learn More

Join our
Farmer
Discussion

Learn More

The Upper Valley Farmer Community Discussion List is a forum to share items of interest to farmers in the Upper Valley. Valley Food & Farm will post information about upcoming events, agency of agriculture bulletins, market opportunities, and other items that will be useful to farmers in our region. We encourage subscribers to share knowledge, questions, items for sale, with the goal of facilitating communication within our farming community. You can subscribe here. Subscribers can post a message to this list by simply emailing a message to uvfarming@lists.vitalcommunities.org

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Vital Communities Program News

Staff

Becka Warren

Valley Food & Farm Communications Coordinator

Food & Farm

 802.291.9100 x 112

Food & Farm

— Becka Warren, Valley Food & Farm Communications Coordinator

Becka began her farm-related career at the age of 16 on Idyll Acres Dairy in Grafton, Vt., with the vital job of keeping the barn corners clear where the tractor couldn't reach. Now, at Valley Food & Farm since 2012, she fosters relationships that keep agriculture a daily part of community life in the Upper Valley. She works with current and future farmers, businesses, schools, and partners across Vermont and New Hampshire to build connections that support farm viability and keep our landscapes working. Becka believes that real connections to our farmers make us happy and builds projects that can take advantage of that simple premise, whether that means introducing workplaces to farm-fresh delivery, facilitating peer-to-peer learning among farm staff, or helping schools use farms as learning resources. She lived in Seattle for many years, where she worked for the Washington State University Small Farms Program, Cascade Harvest Coalition, Seattle Tilth, and area vegetable farms. Becka is also a writer, founding and writing Ask Umbra at gristmagazine.com until 2009. She holds a BA from Brown University and lives in Hartland, Vt., with her family.



Beth Roy

Valley Food & Farm Manager

Food & Farm

 802.291.9100 x 105

Food & Farm

— Beth Roy, Valley Food & Farm Manager

Before joining Vital Communities, Beth Roy worked in the environmental and place-based education fields for 15 years in various positions around New England including at the Vermont Institute of Natural Science and as the Director of Education at the Nature Museum in Grafton, Vt. Beth is also on the boards of the Vermont Science Teacher Association (VSTA) and the Vermont State-Wide Environmental Education Programs (SWEEP), a coalition of dozens of individuals and organizations promoting sustainability and environmental education in Vermont. Beth is a New Hampshire native and lives in Hartland, Vt., with her husband and two children. When Beth is not working you will find her exploring the woods around her home with her family or cooking up a new taste test (made of local foods, of course!) for her children.



Nancy LaRowe

Valley Food & Farm and Local First Coordinator

Local First, Food & Farm

 802.291.9100 x 106

Local First, Food & Farm

— Nancy LaRowe, Valley Food & Farm and Local First Coordinator

Nancy joined Vital Communities as the Valley Food & Farm Coordinator in 2014. She works to support and grow our local food system and economy. Nancy has lived, worked, and farmed in the Upper Valley for more than 25 years and believes our community is healthier and stronger when our connections to food and the farms that produce it stay vital.

Nancy's informal job title is Farmer-in-Residence: she also runs Hogwash Farm, a pasture-based livestock farm in Norwich, Vt., that focuses on heritage breed animals. Nancy is on the Board of the Norwich Farmers' Market, and a retired Norwich volunteer firefighter and EMT. She loves puttering in the garden, hiking with her dog, and, of course, bacon.



Participating Farms 2015

Sunrise Farm, White River Junction, VT
Winter Moon Farm, Corinth, VT
Crossroad Farm, Fairlee, VT
Hurricane Flats, South Royalton, VT
Root 5 Farm, Fairlee, VT
Sweetland Farm, Norwich, VT
Blue Ox Farm, Enfield, NH
Cedar Mountain Farm, Hartland, VT
Deep Meadow Farm, Weathersfield, VT
Luna Bleu Farm, South Royalton, VT
4 Corners Farm, Newbury, VT

Tour Topics 2015

Crop planning/variety selection
Software for farm success
Weed control/cultivation
Draft power
Small scale dairy
Farm finances
Marketing
Winter growing
Crop storage

CRAFT in other places

Our CRAFT program is inspired by the original CRAFT in Western Massachussetts, which maintains a list of all CRAFT programs. You can  find our sister VT CRAFT programs through Rutland Area Farm and Food Link.

Visit our Resources page for help finding jobs, trainings, advice, and more.

Upper Valley CRAFT is supported by

WLEB logo

What's Happening

Visit Our Food & Farm Blog

Sales and Marketing

UV.Flavors.icon

Flavors of the Valley

Annual local foods expo.

Learn More  >

Resources

Valley Food & Farm Guide

Free searchable online guide for farms.

Learn More  >

workplace

Workplace Markets

Facilitating farm to worksite delivery.

Learn More  >

school

Farm to School Network

Farm to school connections.

Learn More

Join our
Farmer
Discussion

Learn More

The Upper Valley Farmer Community Discussion List is a forum to share items of interest to farmers in the Upper Valley. Valley Food & Farm will post information about upcoming events, agency of agriculture bulletins, market opportunities, and other items that will be useful to farmers in our region. We encourage subscribers to share knowledge, questions, items for sale, with the goal of facilitating communication within our farming community. You can subscribe here. Subscribers can post a message to this list by simply emailing a message to uvfarming@lists.vitalcommunities.org

.

Calendar

March 2017

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
1
2
3
  • Production Efficiency Intensives for Vegetable Farmers
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
  • Vermont Farmers' Market Conference
30
31

Vital Communities Program News

Staff

Becka Warren

Valley Food & Farm Communications Coordinator

Food & Farm

 802.291.9100 x 112

Food & Farm

— Becka Warren, Valley Food & Farm Communications Coordinator

Becka began her farm-related career at the age of 16 on Idyll Acres Dairy in Grafton, Vt., with the vital job of keeping the barn corners clear where the tractor couldn't reach. Now, at Valley Food & Farm since 2012, she fosters relationships that keep agriculture a daily part of community life in the Upper Valley. She works with current and future farmers, businesses, schools, and partners across Vermont and New Hampshire to build connections that support farm viability and keep our landscapes working. Becka believes that real connections to our farmers make us happy and builds projects that can take advantage of that simple premise, whether that means introducing workplaces to farm-fresh delivery, facilitating peer-to-peer learning among farm staff, or helping schools use farms as learning resources. She lived in Seattle for many years, where she worked for the Washington State University Small Farms Program, Cascade Harvest Coalition, Seattle Tilth, and area vegetable farms. Becka is also a writer, founding and writing Ask Umbra at gristmagazine.com until 2009. She holds a BA from Brown University and lives in Hartland, Vt., with her family.



Beth Roy

Valley Food & Farm Manager

Food & Farm

 802.291.9100 x 105

Food & Farm

— Beth Roy, Valley Food & Farm Manager

Before joining Vital Communities, Beth Roy worked in the environmental and place-based education fields for 15 years in various positions around New England including at the Vermont Institute of Natural Science and as the Director of Education at the Nature Museum in Grafton, Vt. Beth is also on the boards of the Vermont Science Teacher Association (VSTA) and the Vermont State-Wide Environmental Education Programs (SWEEP), a coalition of dozens of individuals and organizations promoting sustainability and environmental education in Vermont. Beth is a New Hampshire native and lives in Hartland, Vt., with her husband and two children. When Beth is not working you will find her exploring the woods around her home with her family or cooking up a new taste test (made of local foods, of course!) for her children.



Nancy LaRowe

Valley Food & Farm and Local First Coordinator

Local First, Food & Farm

 802.291.9100 x 106

Local First, Food & Farm

— Nancy LaRowe, Valley Food & Farm and Local First Coordinator

Nancy joined Vital Communities as the Valley Food & Farm Coordinator in 2014. She works to support and grow our local food system and economy. Nancy has lived, worked, and farmed in the Upper Valley for more than 25 years and believes our community is healthier and stronger when our connections to food and the farms that produce it stay vital.

Nancy's informal job title is Farmer-in-Residence: she also runs Hogwash Farm, a pasture-based livestock farm in Norwich, Vt., that focuses on heritage breed animals. Nancy is on the Board of the Norwich Farmers' Market, and a retired Norwich volunteer firefighter and EMT. She loves puttering in the garden, hiking with her dog, and, of course, bacon.