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Collaborating for Farming Success [CRAFT]

June 26, 2019 @ 4:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Farming is always a collaborative activity, from as simple a dynamic as a grower’s relationship with their livestock and crops, to the wider context of their relationship and support from their social network and community. Often, the degree to which a grower can leverage collaborative relationships is the difference between success and failure.

In this workshop, we will explore how collaboration at Root Mass Farm has helped this first generation vegetable farm survive and thrive. Some key strategic collaborations at Root Mass that will be explored include the lease arrangement for the farm’s land, the market channels for the farm’s produce, and the way the two owner/operators of Root Mass, Lindsey and Landon, have worked together to keep the farm going while raising a family and diversifying income streams.

Following the farm tour, the discussion will turn to wider strategic collaborations between farmers seen nationally, from tool libraries and aggregated grower networks, to coordinated legislative campaigns. Taking part in this wider discussion will be representatives of the National Young Farmers Coalition, who will inform attendees of NYFC’s work in Pennsylvania, in particular, over the past year.

Additional information

This event includes a potluck dinner, following the farm tour. It is suggested that attendees bring a dish to share, if they are able.

  • This is a CRAFT workshop. CRAFT workshops are designed for beginning and aspiring farmers, but all are welcome.
  • This event qualifies for one SmartStart credits through AgChoice Farm Credit. SmartStart allows young and beginning farmers to earn credits toward a reduced interest rate on a new AgChoice loan by attending educational events.

Speaker information

Root Mass Farm is a 5-acre diversified veggie farm in Oley, PA (Berks County). We grow on leased land and sell at two farmers’ markets in Philly. Although not certified Organic, we use organic practices and rely heavily on compost, cover crops, and row cover. Nine seasons in and we’re still in awe of this profession and humbled by all the lessons we have yet to learn.

Questions?

Take a look at our frequently asked questions about our workshops and events. Otherwise, please contact this event’s coordinator, Aaron de Long, by email at aaron@pasafarming.org or by phone at (814) 349-9856 x709.

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Date: Wed, June 26, 2019

Time: 4:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Location: Root Mass Farm
344a Old State Rd
Oley, PA 19547

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Event Category: PASA Events