Full-day intensives

Take a deep dive into one of these full-day intensives! Programs run 9am to 5pm and are located at the Lancaster County Convention Center unless otherwise noted. All intensives cost the full-day registration rate unless otherwise noted.

Start Your Vegetable Farm

Ellen Polishuk, Plant to Profit

Do you dream of starting your own farm but wonder where to begin? Or do you own a farm but wish to become more sustainable to compete in today’s market? We’ll cover how to access education, land, and meet other needs with limited capital. We’ll also discuss how small farms fit into the sustainable agriculture landscape, and how you can move toward turning a profit.


Farm Law 101: Cultivating Your Legally Resilient Farm

Rachel Armstrong, Farm Commons; Marlene van Es, Trellis Legal LLC; Frank Kurylo, Kimberton CSA; Michael Kovach, Walnut Hill Farm

Forming a farm business, writing a lease, negotiating sales contracts, hiring workers, filing taxes… The legal issues involved in farming can feel overwhelming. But there’s good news: Developing a legally resilient farm business is easier than you think. This fun and accessible workshop empowers farmers with legal knowledge and solutions they need to move forward.


Optimizing Dairy Operations, Optimizing Dairy Opportunities

Dr. Greg Brickner & Amber Brown, Organic Valley/CROPP Cooperative; Ray Stoltzfus, Dutch Meadows Farm; Liz Reitzig, Nourishing Liberty; Mat Haan, Penn State Extension; Matt Bomgardner, Blue Mountain View Farm & PA Grazing Lands Coalition

This intensive focuses on strategies dairy farmers—particularly those who manage with a significant grazing component in their herd’s diet—can use to optimize milk quality, production, and marketing on their farms. We’ll also discuss current advocacy work for farm-direct sales and the economics of organic and grazing dairy operations.


Biocontrols for Better Crops

Steve Bogash, Marrone Bio Innovations; Alex Traven, Peace Tree Farm; Jim Harvey, Penn State Extension

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) strategies help you harness the power of natural systems to better control pests and disease on your farm. We’ll explain how to effectively employ biocontrols as part of an IPM program; describe biocontrols for high-value crops; show you how to control common pests; provide you with strategies for managing disease on leaves and roots; and review how to safely and effectively use biological products.


FSMA: Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training & Certification

Jeff Stoltzfus, Penn State Extension; Lindsay Gilmour, Organic Planet; Gary Bloss, PA Farmers Union; Chelsea Matzen, National Farmers Union

This is the only FDA-recognized curriculum that satisfies the FSMA Produce Safety Rule training requirement. Even if your farm isn’t covered under FSMA, you’ll learn best practices for on-farm food safety. We’ll discuss microorganisms relevant to produce safety, and how to reduce associated risks. Farmers Union is covering the cost for each attendee to receive a workbook worth $50 and a lifetime certificate worth $35.

Price: $50, includes lunch; on-site registration not available
Location: Lancaster Farm & Home Center, 1383 Arcadia Road, Lancaster, PA


Making & Selling Value-Added Herbal Products

Benjamin Weiss & Ella Usdin, Susquehanna Sustainable Enterprises LLC; Wilson Alvarez, Rebel Garden Tools

See the workings of an operation that turns farm-grown and foraged herbs and mushrooms into dietary supplements and other value-added products, including tinctures, salves, essential oils, and more. We’ll cover manufacturing processes, equipment and infrastructure, permitting, marketing, budgeting, and strategies for integrating an apothecary into a farming operation.

Price (member): $125 pre-registration, includes lunch; $150 on site*
Price (non-member): $150 pre-registration, includes lunch; $175 on site*
Price (student/apprentice/senior): $85, includes lunch; $100 on site*
Location: Susquehanna Apothecary @ Ananda Integration, 223B W Walnut Street, Lancaster, PA

*Lunch cannot be guaranteed if you do not pre-register.

 

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