National Field School

2019 National Field School
November 4-6, 2019  
The Hotel Ithaca - Ithaca, NY


For the first time New Entry is bringing together the National Incubator Farm Training Initiative and Ag Apprenticeship Learning Networks for the 2019 Field School Gathering! This year we are hosting the event in Ithaca, NY at the Hotel Ithaca on November 4-6, 2019. We're proud to be partnering with Groundswell Center to bring you this fun and collaborative learning event. We believe that incubator and apprenticeship programs can learn and grow from each other, both through presentations and workshops and through informal social gatherings like dinners and local field trips. We hope you will join us in making the 2019 Field School Gathering a collaborative and engaging social and learning event.

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2019 Conference Schedule for the National Field School:

Monday, November 4th - Field Trips to Local Projects

8 - 9 am Registration

9 am Buses Arrive

9:30 am - Buses Depart for two Field Trip Offerings

9:30 am - 5 pm Field Trips (Choose a Focus)

Incubator Field Trips: Groundswell Center for Local Food and Farming's Incubator Farm, Ithaca, NY and RISE (Refugee and Immigrant Self Empowerment), Syracuse, NY.

Apprenticeship Field Trips: Kingbird Farm, Berkshire, NY and Northland Sheep Dairy, Marathon, NY.

5 pm - Buses return to Hotel Ithaca

6 - 9 pm - Networking Reception in downtown Ithaca

Tuesday, November 5th - Workshops and Sessions

7:30 - 8:30 am Registration

8:30 am Welcoming Remarks

9:00 - 10:30 am - Session I (concurrent workshops)

10:45 - 12:15 pm - Session II (concurrent workshops)

12:15 - 1:15 LUNCH

1:30 - 3 pm - Session III (concurent workshops)

3:30 - 5 pm - Breakout Groups and Report Back

5 pm - Dinner on Own

Wednesday, November 6th - Workshops and Sessions

8 - 9 am Registration

9:00 - 10:30 am - Session IV (concurrent workshops)

10:45 - 12:15 pm - Open Space Workshops

12:15 - 1:15 LUNCH

1:30 - 3 pm - Session V (concurent workshops)

3:30 - 5 pm - Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Training

5 pm - Closing Circle

Travel by Air

The local airport is the Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport, located four miles from downtown Ithaca.

Currently, these airlines offer direct service at the Ithaca Airport:

    American to/from: Philadelphia International Airport and Charlotte-Douglas International Airport
    Delta to/from: Detroit Metro International Airport
    United to/from: Washington DC-Dulles International Airport

If you cannot arrange a flight into Ithaca, you will find that the Syracuse Hancock International Airport in Syracuse, New York, offers more options (including flights from two New York City-area airports: JF Kennedy on Delta or Jet Blue and Newark on United). Ithaca is 60 miles/100 km (90-minute drive) from Syracuse. Ground transportation can be arranged through a local service, Ithaca Airline Limousine (phone: 1.607.273.3030 or 1.855.349.0084), which offers several scheduled trips each day.  You must call to make a reservation at least 24 hours, and up to 30 days, in advance. You may also arrange transportation to Ithaca through an area taxi or Uber/Lyft service, or by driving a rental car.

Travel by Bus, Car, or Train
By Bus

The following companies provide bus service between New York City and Ithaca (generally a 4.5-to-5-hour trip):

Cornell's Campus-to-Campus Express (phone 1.607.254.8747)
We recommend Cornell’s executive bus, which offers direct service with a convenient curbside stop adjacent to the Statler Hotel, comfortable seating, wireless Internet, power outlets, reading lights, complimentary beverages, and snacks. Advance reservations needed; we suggest you book early. To make a reservation, go to the Campus-to-Campus Bus Service page and follow the “Book Now” link. After you have made your trip selections, you will be taken to a login page. Before you can finalize the reservation, you must create an account by selecting “Sign Up Here.”

ShortLine (phone: 1.845.610.2600 or 1.800.631.8405)

Greyhound (phone: 1.214-849.8100 or 1.800.231.2222)

By Car

If you wish to rent a car, some of the companies that have Ithaca service outlets are:

    Avis (phone 1.607.257.0441 or 1.800.831.2847)
    Enterprise (phone 1.607.275.9000 or 1.800.736.8222)
    Hertz (phone 1.607.257.8677 or 1.800.654.3131)
    National (phone 1.607.272.2575 or 1.888.868.6207)

By Train

Amtrak train service could be an option, however there is no station in Ithaca. The nearest station is in Syracuse, 60 miles/100 km (90-minute drive) to Ithaca. Ithaca Airline Limousine can provide shuttle transportation from the Syracuse train station to Ithaca. You may also arrange transportation to Ithaca through an area taxi or Uber/Lyft service, or by driving a rental car.

The Hotel Ithaca

222 South Cayuga Street, Ithaca, NY 14850


For discounted room rates, reference the conference hotel block, “National Field School”

The beautiful, renovated Hotel Ithaca is located in the heart of downtown Ithaca and is less than 1 mile from both Cornell University and Ithaca College.  Hotel Ithaca offers complimentary shuttle service to Tompkins Regional Airport.

Thank you to our Sponsors!

Farm Credit

88 Acres

Clif Bar Foundation

Additional Sponsorship opportunities are available.

More information will be posted here as speakers are confirmed. If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Hashley at