We strongly encourage apprentices to register and watch the upcoming webinar, Take Your Local Food Online on Wednesday, April 15th at 6pm. Registration is free and available on Eventbrite. This webinar is brought you by the Food Systems Program at West Central Missouri Community Action Agency. There are several local KC farmers who are presenting in this webinar and they are great mentors to learn from in our food community!
Here is a description from their webpage:
Online grocery shopping has skyrocketed during the Covid-19 Crisis. So has the opportunity for area farms to supply that demand by ramping up their online sales capacity. Farms already set up for online sales are experiencing rapid growth in orders.
The webinar will feature the following speakers and platforms:
Woo Commerce — Kat Becker, Cattail Farms
Graze Cart — Remi Keaston, David’s Pasture
Barn2Door (and Wix store) — Katie Nixon, Green Gate Family Farm
Square — Karin Velez, Wolf Creek Family Farm
Squarespace — Alicia Ellingsworth, KC Farm School
Local Food Marketplace — Caroline Pam, Kitchen Garden Farm
Shopify - Cherie Schenker, Schenker Farm
Our next core workshop- Introduction to Food Safety & Post-Harvest Handling- is coming up on Monday, April 20th. As apprentices, we strongly encourage you to become familiar with post-harvest handling practices and equipment if you are not already. The video below is a good tour of some post-harvest infrastructure on a market garden.
You will be receiving Cornell's Produce Safety Alliance textbook in the mail but in the meantime, we recommend that you take a look at the Wholesale Success Manual which has several chapters on both post-harvest handling and food safety!
Quick Reminder- don't forget to register for the next workshop on Eventbrite!
Our next workshop is coming up called Small Farm Equipment & Irrigation! If you aren't familiar with the various tools of small scale specialty crop growers yet, here are some videos that can help get you familiar with these important items. Some favorites among our KC community include the broadfork, the BCS tractor, tilther, greens harvester, backpack sprayer, stirrup hoes and more!
There have been a multitude of free webinars to learn from through a variety of organizations. Here are just a few that may be of interest whether they apply now or could be useful for your future farm:
NC-State Extension's Creating a Free Online Store for Your Farm
We are excited to announce that we will be streaming the Small Farm Equipment & Irrigation workshop online and it is going to be open to the public!
This workshop will be hosted by extension specialists Zac Hoppenstedt and Cary Rivard, Jim Leek from Pat & Rachel's Garden in Olathe, KS and Neil Rudisill from Woodland City Micro Farm in Kansas City, MO.
We are going to cover a variety of farming equipment options for small and medium-sized farms including tools for field preparation, planting, cultivation, harvesting, overhead and drip irrigation systems. We'll also help you put together a wish list of must-have tools and provide a general overview of equipment maintenance, design and modifications.
This workshop will also highlight the new community tool share program being offered by Ivanhoe Neighborhood Council and the Kansas City Young Farmers Coalition.
This workshop will be referencing material from your textbook, The Lean Farm by Ben Hartman so please look through this book ahead of time!
We will be using the online platform Zoom to conduct our core workshops. This will allow us to join in a "meeting room" to listen to speakers and watch their presentations. If you have never used the free app before, please download it on this webpage:
We look forward to using this new platform with our apprentices!
Here is a helpful Youtube video on how to join:
Our first core workshop of the season is on March 21st! It will be on production planning and the various types of plant propagation. We look forward to seeing you there!
We've had some questions on how to enter the apprenticeship promo code for free registration to Eventbrite workshops and so here is a quick video tutorial that shows how to enter this code.
This is what you should end up seeing on your screen if the discount was applied properly:
This blog is for our 2020 apprentices so that they can stay up to date on program news and events.