Farmer Short Courses

Many current and aspiring growers in our network do not have formal agricultural training. For growers whose training took the form of mostly hands-on apprenticeships, there are knowledge gaps which need to be addressed. These skills require more attention than the traditional 60-90 minute time block allotted for example in an ag conference context. YFN has created the Farmer Short Course model to try to address this need.

Course topics are chosen based on the input we receive all season from the network, so please, let us know if there is something you'd like to learn!

Short Courses typically run during the winter months, when most growers have more flexible time. Courses run for a series of weeks and are taught in collaboration with organizations such as URI extension, The Carrot Project, NOFA/RI, Ground Work, and others. Some Short Courses are run as full day or two-day hands on workshops.

Farmer Short Course Topics

Winter 2016-2017

Soil Science and Fertility Management

YFN is offering financial assistance for those interested in the 6th annual Soil, Plant, and Farm Methodology Course, led by John Kenny of Big Train Farm, to be held March 18th and 19th 2017.
Full details can be found here:
If you are interested in financial assistance from YFN for this awesome course, read the details at the link and then email us!


Cut Flower Business Strategies and Best Practices

Sunday January 29th 8:45am to noon, at Hope & Main in Warren RI

Taught by local flower guru, Anna Jane Kocon of Little State Flower Company, the workshop will cover the nuances of adding a cut flower operation to your current farm model.

Anna Jane will provide an overview of the fundamental differences between starting a flower farm vs. adding cut flowers to a vegetable/animal business. We will learn about specific crops to focus on, germinating requirements, weed pressure techniques, bed planning and succession planting, trellising, harvesting techniques and timing... all the way to pricing out the bouquets, mixed DIY buckets, and maybe marketing a flower add-on to a CSA.

This class is ideal for any farmers interested in adding cut flowers to their business, or gardeners interested in growing more flowers at home… or anyone curious about the importance of supporting local flower production in the US. All are welcome.

Registration is free but required!
Email us at to let us know if you plan to attend.


"Moving onto your new land" series

More info coming soon.

Past, Winter 2015-2016

  • Full Day Farm Finance Course
  • Vegetable Pest Identification and Management
  • Small Engine Mechanics with Carl Sawyer of URI
  • Tractor Basics with Chuck Currie of Freedom Food Farm
  • Irrigation and Water Systems


Past, Winter 2014


  • Small engine maintenance and repair
  • Business planning
  • Soil science