2-day Tractor Training Intensive with Shane LaBrake in the Hudson Valley

Increasing production on the farm can often require investments in equipment to improve labor efficiency. Are you a farmer who is interested in scaling up farm production through investment in your first tractor or upgrading to a bigger piece of equipment? The Cornell Small Farms Program will be hosting a two-day workshop for farmers in New York State with less than 10 years’ experience on the basics of tractor operation, safety, and daily maintenance protocols.

This intensive workshop will be led by Shane J. LaBrake, who provides an unusual and holistic approach to tractor operation, safety and routine maintenance. The class is designed to demystify tractors and equipment, empower and inspire, and inform smart “scale-appropriate” equipment choices and purchase decisions.

The workshop will be held on Sunday October 9th and Monday October 10th  at Blue Star Farm in Stuyvesant, NY. Through funding from the USDA and the Local Economies Project, we are able to offer this training at the discounted rate of $75, which also includes coffee, snacks, and lunch both days. Scholarships are available for military veterans and on a need basis.

Participation in the workshop is limited to 12 and applications will be accepted until September 30th or until the class fills up.

Please note: we plan to hold similar training events in Northern and Western New York in early April of 2017.
For questions contact Dean Koyanagi at 607-255-9911 or drk5@cornell.edu<

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