Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training
CRAFT was created in upstate New York in 1994 as a way to teach farm interns by offering opportunities for them to learn from different farmers in the region. Since then many other groups across the US and Canada have started chapters, and function in various ways to educate farmers, interns and the public alike. We are proud to join the ranks with the first ever Florida CRAFT chapter!
Red Hills CRAFT Goals
At the Red Hills Small Farm Alliance we know that farmers learn best from each other. The goal of Red Hills CRAFT is to encourage farmer to farmer education and networking through scheduled on farm field days. The public will not be excluded from these events, but this effort is for farmer education. Field days will be held at farms using sustainable growing practices only.
Field Day Structure
Each field day will be no longer than 2.5 hours. The event will consist of:
A brief tour of the farm
An in depth workshop on a single aspect of the farm the farmer feels they do well
Time for questions and networking
Field Day Fees:
Fees go toward paying costs incurred putting on CRAFT field days.
Red Hills Farmer Members: $5 per person
Non-Members: $10 per person
Upcoming CRAFT Field Days:
Handsome Harvest Farm
Topic: Tools for Market Farmers
Date: Sunday February 23, 2020
Where: 130 Eddie Blake Rd Quincy, FL, 32351
Register and Pre-Pay Here:
Join Derek Phillips and Aaron Nicely of Handsome Harvest Farm for a in-depth field day covering a variety of specialty tools for market farmers.
During this class we will cover field and bed preparation using a compact tractor, as well as tractor implements and how they are used on the farm. We will go over details you should consider when purchasing a tractor and the pros and cons of different features. Our friends Katie & Aaron of Full Earth Farm will demo their BCS walk behind tractor too. There will be a discussion of the pros and cons of these two investments.
We will also talk about and demo the paper pot transplanting system, cultivation tools, hand tools, propagation materials, our produce washing station, and converted washing machine used for drying salad greens. We will look at our DIY walk-in cooler that uses a Coolbot and talk about lessons learned in building and using it.
Several other tools will be covered during this session along with a walking tour of our farm and an opportunity to talk with like-minded people from the area.