AgALN Annual Gathering

2018 AgALN Annual Gathering
October 29 + 30, 2018 
Hotel Albuquerque, Albuquerque NM

Slides from some of the 2018 presentations are available here!

Thank you to Owl Peak Farm for providing sponsorship support to cover speaker registration costs!

About the Gathering

We are excited to bring together the Agriculture Apprenticeship Learning Network (AgALN) and celebrate the progress our partners have made over the past year. We’ll explore the challenges ahead and opportunities for expanded action, plus highlight efforts underway to strengthen Apprenticeship Training programs across the country. We are building new connections to empower programs and farm and ranch mentors to improve their practical training skills and enhance next generation farmer outcomes.

This year's gathering will be at Hotel Albuquerque as a pre-conference to the 2018 Regenerate Conference. We will be offering a farm tour, interactive sessions and workshops, and lots of opportunities to network and learn from organizations around the country. 


We recommend all attendees stay at the Hotel Albuquerque in Old Town. Here is the link to book your room with the special room rate for the conference. Rooms in this block are available until October 9 or until the block sells out. 

Update: The room block at Hotel Albuquerque is almost sold out. There is a block of rooms available at Best Western Plus Rio Grande Inn, see below for more information.

Best Western Plus Rio Grande Inn

Rooms are available for $118/night plus taxes. Guests have until Tuesday, October 9 to reserve a room in the block. To get this special room rate, please call 1-505-843-9500 or 1-800-959-4726 and reserve the rooms under the group name 'Regenerate 2018' to receive the discount.

Other reasonably priced hotels in the area are below. Please note, we do not have special room rates with the following hotels:

Casas de Suenos Old Town Historic Inn

El Vado Motel 

Agenda Overview

Monday, October 29

  • 1pm-5pm 'Carpool' farm tour–Meet at Hotel Albuquerque in Old Town hotel parking lot. We will carpool to the Gutierrez-Hubbell House for a tour of 'Grow the Growers Program' and then Chispas Farms for a tour. Please note: lunch will not be provided.
  • 6pm-9pm Networking event at High Noon Restaurant and Saloon. We will provide a good assortment of appetizers for this event.

Tuesday, October 30

  • 8am-5pm Join us for 8 interactive workshops and sessions related to ag apprenticeships at Hotel Albuquerque in Old Town from speakers around the country. Lunch will be provided. 
  • Confirmed talks include: 

“Building an Agroecological Apprentice Program” By Jack and Shannon Algiere (Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture)

S.I.C. (Simplicity, Innovation, Creativity): Farming with Veterans & Accessing VA Benefits” by Monica Pless (Quivira Coalition), Laura Paine (Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship), Margaret Yancey (Tooley's Trees and Keyline Design)

“A Look at Evaluations and Skills Assessments: Discussion on Tools, Tips, and Techniques” by Megan Fehrman (Rogue Farm Corps)

“The Care and Feeding of Mentors: Support and Skills for Long-Term Mentoring” by Julie Sullivan (San Juan Ranch), Anna Jones-Crabtree and Doug Crabtree (Vilicus Farms), Monica Pless (Quivira Coalition)

“Mentoring a Successor: What's Different?” by Kathryn Ruhf (Land for Good) and Laura Paine (Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship)

“Strategies for Building Successful Apprentice Programs: A Look at Several Different Programs Across the Country” Panel session moderated by Drew Katz (Oregon Tilth), featuring Katarina Sajovec (Ajo Center for Sustainable Agriculture), Brittany Cole (Fibershed/Grazing School of the West), Eliza Fournier (Chicago Botanic Garden)

“Passing laws to support ag apprenticeships: How CO’s Ag Workforce Development Program can offer a roadmap for other states” by Kate Greenberg of National Young Farmer's Coalition.

Formal apprenticeship showcase: Diversified Vegetable Apprenticeship (PASA) + Organic Vegetable Farm Manager Apprenticeship (University of Wisconsin-Madison)” by Daniel Dalton (PASA) + Laura Livingston (UW-Madison)


  • 7-9pm Holistic Management Social- optional event for extra $10 fee