Freed Seed Federation and Young Farmer Network are collaborating once again - for an evening of plant sex! Heron Breen (Fedco Seeds) and Hannah Traggis (Massachusetts Horticultural Society) will be instructing participants in hand pollination for seed saving and plant breeding. This basic but crucial skill will empower folks to ensure varietal purity in seed growing, and make crosses for new varieties in the garden or on the farm. We will focus primarily on squash, tomatoes, and peppers. Tools will be provided, as well as food and refreshments. Though we will likely have plenty to eat, feel free to bring something to share!
This event is FREE!
If you plan on attending, please RSVP to email@example.com so we have a realistic expectation of group size and can plan accordingly.
Young Farmer Nights 2019
In partnership with Land For Good, this year's YFNs will be *land access* themed.
We'll be visiting farms demonstrating all different types of land situations (intergenerational, leasing from a land trust, private landowner lease, cooperative land use, private purchase, etc).Land access is consistently cited by farmers as their biggest hurdle, and we are all finding our own way to make it work one way or another, so we are eager to highlight the many different and convoluted paths to land security. The season will wrap up with a culminating event sponsored by Young Farmer Network and Land For Good to process what we learned about land access struggles and triumphs from the season's tours.
Please join us! Tours start at 6pm and are followed by a potluck dinner. Be sure to check your email or our Facebook or Instagram for schedule changes, parking instructions, last minute cancellations, etc. Please note: the YFN tour schedule is offset from the EMass CRAFT tour schedule, which can be found here!
Past Events (Winter 2018-2019)
NE Ag Exchange - launch party (in partnership with Farm Fresh RI, RI Farm Bureau, RI DEM and hosted by Tilted Barn Farm Brewery), May 2019
We partnered with several organizations to promote the launch of the revamped farmer marketplace, now named the NE Ag Exchange. A platform entirely dedicated to agricultural and farmer needs, the platform was redesigned to make seeking advice, looking for labor, generating discussions and looking for available farmland easier and more approachable. Click HERE to check out the new exchange!
Stories of this Land - a presentation and workshop, March 2019
co-hosted by the Justice & Agriculture Working Group. The Justice and Agriculture working group of the Young Farmer Network put together a day of storytelling at the Southside Cultural Center, focused on the history of the land we are farming. The central question we ask is: "Why does it matter for people who work + live on this land to know and tell its history?” And we seek the courage and the practical skills to dig deeper for the truths of how we got here.
Tool Sharpening (with Wright Deter from Cluck!), March 2019
A follow-up on last year’s Tool Sharpening course led to this 2.0 version; Wright walked us through the best practices and strategies for farm tool maintenance. An intro on farmer self sufficiency led the course and then we all used the workshop to get to work on our items. YFN sponsored the files used in the course, and all participants left with a new, 10” Nicholson file.
A Conversation with the Agricultural Community (in partnership with RIEEA), March 2019
We partnered with the Rhode Island Environmental Education Association and conducted a 2-hour brainstorming conversation to find out what farmers want K-12 students to learn about Agriculture. This effort culminated in discussing the advancement of environmental literacy & education efforts in RI!
Seed Sovereignty Day, Feb 2019
Our second annual Seed Sovereignty event - a three-way partnership between NOFA/Mass, Freed Seed Federation, and Young Farmer Network - is a day-long intensive designed to restore the farmer’s role as participant in the breeding process.
Welding for Farmers at The Steel Yard, Nov 2018
A two day intensive course with hands on learning and an opportunity to create or mend something from your farm.