Register Now: Tractor Workshops: TWO LOCATIONS!

Turner 2mtwcy7Increasing production on the farm can often require investments in equipment to improve labor efficiency, productivity and profitability.  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?  Are you a beginning or experienced farmer who wants to understand tractors better and to use them and care for them more safely and efficiently? The Cornell Small Farms Program will be hosting several upcoming workshops on the basics of tractor operation, safety and routine maintenance. 
This two-day, intensive workshop will be led by Shane LaBrake, who provides an unusual and holistic approach to tractor operation, safety and  routine maintenance.  The class is designed to de-mystify tractors and equipment, empower and inspire, and inform “scale-appropriate” equipment choices and purchase decisions.

Sunday, April 23rd and Monday, April 24th at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Allegany County in Belmont, NY. Click here to register.  This class is full.  Contact Laura Hunsberger at to be added to the waiting list

Thursday, April 27 and Friday, April 28 at Cornell Cooperative Extension of St. Lawrence County in Canton, NY. Click here to register.
Classes run 9 am – 5 pm each day.  Lunch and snacks are included. Cost is $75.00 total for both days.  Scholarships are available for military veterans upon completion of the training (reimbursement for registration and partial travel expenses).  For more information about scholarships, please contact Dean Koyanagi at Participation in each workshop is limited to 12. 

Violet Stone

Violet's work focuses on creating retreats, workshops and programs for the agricultural community centered on themes of connection, wellness, purpose, integrity and courage. She sees this work as contributing to a more inclusive ‘culture’ of agriculture where all voices are warmly welcomed, honored and celebrated, including the voices of our ‘inner teachers’, sometimes referred to as 'spirit' or 'soul'. Violet serves as the NY SARE Coordinator and can help farmers and educators navigate NESARE grant opportunities.
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