CT NOFA is now accepting applications for the 2012-2013 Beginning Women Farmer Program.
If you are a beginning (less than ten years experience) women farmer in Connecticut and you are interested in joining the program, please contact Deb Legge, Connecticut Co-coordinator or call 203-888-5146.
While there is a small fee to join the program in the Northeast, scholarships are available for those in need of financial assistance.
The training begins in mid-October and consists of 10 all-day Saturday sessions. The first six are throughout the winter at Goodwin College in East Hartford, CT and the four remaining sessions are on on-farm at different locations throughout the state.
To learn more about the current program, past sessions and Holistic Management International, click HERE.
From recent graduates:
Allyson Angelini, now of Full Heart Farm, signed up after resigning from a full time farm manager’s position in pursuit of creating her own farm. The Beginning Women Farmers program was a way for Angelini to get the education and support that she was looking while knowing that starting a farm of her own would be a huge undertaking. Angelini says that “the course taught me about how to develop and maintain a sustainable, financially viable farm business that also supports my holistic goals. I still have much to learn, but the course provided the tools I really need to get a strong start” .
Darcy Hutzenlaub said that one thing that she really took away with her was the importance of awareness. “The triple bottom line of taking all things into consideration is key; socially, ecologically, and financially”; she also stated that “the program and lectures were fascinating and intense, I enjoyed every minute” .