Workshops related to food systems and/or community development.

Location: Groundswell Center, 225 South Fulton Street, Ithaca NY*
Farming for Justice is a new monthly meeting for farmers, food producers, and land workers interested in digging into the intersection of food, agriculture and social justice. What role do we see ourselves playing in racial/economic justice work? What are the barriers we face and how can we support each other to step further into action? Through dialogue, education and action planning, we'll begin to explore the answers.
RSVP to Kate Cardona at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
*Please let me know if your farm or home can host an upcoming session!*
Event Date 10/18/2017 6:00 pm ET
Event End Date 10/18/2017 8:00 pm ET
Individual Price Free

Location: To be Announced



Climate change has been affecting our farms for several decades now. The science and data show that there will continue to be dramatic impacts on every farmers’ ability to grow and distribute food. Agriculture is one of our greatest tools for reducing and even potentially reversing the effects of modern industrial society on our global climate, but it also one of the greatest contributors to climate change. Something has to give. Come learn about how we can work together as a community to ensure local stability in local food production and security!



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Event Date 10/21/2017 10:00 am ET
Event End Date 10/21/2017 3:00 pm ET
Individual Price discounts are available



Location: Hawthorne Vallley Farm

Harlemville, NY

327 Route 21C  Ghent, New York 12075



The Institute for Mindful Agriculture invites you to the AUTUMN MODULE of its SEASONAL FOUNDATION PROGRAM



If we treated our friends the way we, as people, treat the Earth, our friends would never talk to us again. Across the globe we exploit our planet in the most destructive way on a daily basis– and still expect her to produce our food, give us nourishing spaces to explore, be our home.



If you think the time has come to make a difference, if you want to enhance your ability to be a change agent, if you want to learn something about yourself and work with others who are deeply committed to honoring the Earth and all that live here, please join us for a weekend at Hawthorne Valley Farm.



The Institute for Mindful Agriculture is committed to helping all of us improve our relationship with our home planet. By looking critically and deeply at ourselves and our relationship to the Earth through the lens of food and farming we can unlock our individual and collective capacities for transformational change.



During our Autumn Module we will dig deeper into the dynamic interdependence of Soil, Self and Economy through immersion in autumn’s gestures of setting seed, anchoring the future life of the seed within the earth, and the dissolving of life above ground. Activities will include:

  • Short presentations on the gesture of the year, mindful inner practice and working towards a food and agriculture economy serving the well-being of all
  • harvesting and autumn farm work
  • silent nature walks
  • individual mindfulness and self-reflection practices
  • discussions on transforming the current agriculture-food value chain



This workshop is part of a series of four, but can be taken individually as well. The costs for the weekend are on a sliding scale of $500-$250 including two dinners, one lunch and snacks. Further reduction of fees is possible upon request. Please contact Rachel Schneider to register or for more information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

518 672 4465 x236



Hawthorne Valley Farm is a biodynamic farm and food business as well as our learning lab for examining the co-evolutionary relationship between human beings and our Earth. As a working farm it shows us how agriculture and the food system can play an important role in restoring a healthy and mindful relationship to our planet.



Event Date 10/27/2017 5:00 pm ET
Event End Date 10/29/2017 1:00 pm ET
Individual Price 250.00-500.00
Location:MSU Student Organic Farm, 3291 College Rd.Holt, MI 48842
Presenters: Tomm Becker, Sun Seed Farm & Denae Friedheim, MSU Student Organic Farm
Join us for this workshop looking at two key aspects of season extension: Shoulder Season Production (Oct – Dec & Feb – April) and Root Crops.
In both areas we will look at important practices & schedules for success, necessary production & storage infrastructure, proven crop types and varieties, post-harvest/storage management, and other critical elements to moving beyond summer production.
Hosted at MSU Student Organic Farm which has experimented and fine-tuned their season extension production since 2002. Co-presented by Sun Seed Farm, which has been growing in the shoulder season and producing lots of root crops since 2009.
Lunch and snacks provided.
Event Date 11/6/2017 9:00 am ET
Event End Date 11/6/2017 5:00 pm ET
Individual Price Discounts ($40 fpr second person, same farm) and Scholarships available

Location: 840 Upper Front St, Binghamton, NY 13905


During this four part series (skipping the week of Thanksgiving) hosted by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Broome County and led by Laura Biasillo, Agricultural Economic Development Specialist, participants will work through the various sections of a business plan for their agricultural venture. This is applicable whether you are considering a food-based business, growing fruits or vegetables, raising livestock or starting an agri-tourism based operation. Using a set of templates created by the Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture as well as the NYS Small Business Development Center, sample worksheets will lend a practical perspective and illustrate how real farm families set goals, research processing alternatives, determine potential markets, and evaluated financing options. Blank worksheets will help participants to develop a detailed, lender-ready business plan or map out strategies to take advantage of new opportunities.


This series is set up so that farms can work on the worksheets between sessions and come back to discuss, get input from peers and professionals in the community and refine their plan.



The final session will be dedicated to each participant presenting their business plan to their peers, as well as a panel of those representing finance, marketing, agricultural businesses and production.



The cost to attend this workshop is $75/farm or family (this includes two registrations). This includes a workbook to walk through the five sections of a business plan, as well as dinner and other handouts provided at each meeting. Pre-registration is required. Preference will be given to NYS Veterans for spots in the series. Visit the registration page to complete your registration:

Individual Price Price is for two registrations