Farming is difficult, and often, thankless work. But if this is something you feel passionate about, where do you begin? In past generations, you simply followed what your parents or grandparents did. But, according to the USDA, farmers are a dying a breed with the average age around 58 years old, up 1.2 years since 2007. The face of the farm industry is aging rapidly and few are replacing them. That’s where programs like CT NOFA’s Whole Farm Planning Certificate Course come in.
The 2014 CT NOFA Winter Conference is Connecticut’s largest food, agriculture and sustainability conference and brings into focus the challenges of the next generation of farmers and how they affect all of us. Join us to discuss the future of sustainable farming, celebrate local food and much more. Online registration is open for the March 1 conference being held at WCSU Danbury.