Crop Production Workshops

Are you interested in starting your own farm business but need to learn technical skills to get started, the Crop Production Workshop Series is for you!

Throughout the workshops in this series you will learn how to: 

  • Grow a diversity of fruits and vegetables for your home and/or business
  • ​Identify sustainable agriculture practices
  • Create a crop plan
  • Manage a greenhouse
  • Buy and maintain farm equipment and machinery
  • Set up a drip irrigation system
  • Manage soil nutrients
  • Manage weeds and use cover crops
  • Identify pests and implement pest management strategies
  • Learn how to prepare crops for market and comply with food safety regulations
  • Connect with agencies that provide services for new farmers

Workshop Details:

There are three 5-week long workshops in the series. Workshops will take place virtually with optional opportunities to work and learn in-person at Moraine Farm in Beverly, MA each week. Click HERE to register for any of the workshops. Once registered, you will be directed to a payment portal hosted by Tufts University to select workshops and provide payment. 

 

1. Spring Preparation (May 11, 2021 - June 8, 2021)

Meeting place and time: Online each Tuesday, 5:00-6:30 p.m.

Workshop participants will learn basic horticulture principles and practices associated with organic vegetable production emphasizing soil health and regenerative agriculture systems.  This workshop focuses on soil management, cultivation and tillage practices (including no-till), plant propagation, and crop planning. The value of soil organic matter and microbes will be discussed within the contexts of industrial and regenerative agriculture, exposing participants to broader issues in the food system.

2. Summer Management (June 22, 2021 – July 20, 2021)

Meeting place and time: Online each Tuesday, 5:00-6:30 p.m.

Workshop participants will learn basic horticulture principles and practices associated with organic vegetable production while exploring the management of pests and disease, nutrients, and weeds in an organic farming operation. Additional themes of this workshop explore the use of equipment and tools across different scales of farming operations and the different labor demands of farming operations in conventional and organic production.

3. Fall Harvest (August 3, 2021 – August 31, 2021)

Meeting place and time: Online each Tuesday, 5:00-6:30 p.m.

Workshop participants will learn basic horticulture principles and practices associated with organic vegetable production while exploring how to harvest, wash, and pack vegetables for a variety of local market outlets. In this peak part of the season, we will be working with the New Entry Food Hub to explore aggregation and distribution of local produce, in addition to working in the field to harvest and maintain crops. Additional themes will focus on food safety and post-harvest handling.  

Steps to enroll:

1. Register via this Crop Production Workshop Registration Form

2. Complete payment: 

Package of all 3 Courses (Spring, Summer, and Fall): $895

Spring Preparation Series only:  $395

Summer Management Series only: $395

Fall Harvest Series only: $395

 

Workshop cost: $395 per individual workshop or $895 for all three workshops. Scholarships for a 50% discount to individual workshops are available. See below for more details. 

On-farm location when applicable: New Entry at Moraine Farm, 733 Cabot Street, Beverly, MA

Scholarships: We are able to offer scholarships to individuals that meet certain criteria. Please submit this form to apply for a scholarship.

Those eligible for a scholarship will received a 50% discount code to be applied during the registration process. Scholarship eligibility determinations will be made as quickly as we can get to them.

Questions? E-mail Benjamin Zoba at benjamin.zoba@tufts.edu