Active Learning to Build Resilience During COVID-19
Offering you news, resources and opportunities to develop farm skills during this time of physical distancing.
Like farming, learning is, at its core, an optimistic act.
When we set out to learn something new, we are making a pact with the future. We may have many different goals for our active learning, such as improving our productivity, changing our direction, or strengthening our resilience in the face of uncertainty. Ultimately, we are empowering ourselves to understand, make better decisions, and act to shape a new future.
As spring approaches, we embrace our usual farm chores, like starting seeds, raising young animals, pruning trees or maintaining equipment. But, this is not a typical year. We are also trying to manage our anxiety and uncertainty around what our markets might look like or if we will have enough help to get the farm jobs done. Should we shift to online marketing? Should we change our crop mix?
You are not alone in this uncertainty, and you can actively learn strategies that might help you through this unusual time. Focus on what you can do today.
Here, we highlight some opportunities to learn new skills and information to help your decision making in the near future. Some of these may even be helpful to engage the kids!
We have also created a new calendar dedicated to the various webinars and other virtual learning opportunities being offered during this time of physical distancing.
You can visit our curated resource page for more support through this challenging time.
Thinking about online marketing?
Interested in how to implement a shipping program for your farm? GrazeCart is opening their Perishable Shipping Course for 60 days at no charge to fellow farmers (normally valued at $1,500 per person). Limited time free access will not include live coaching calls or free setup packages. Offer closes on April 2nd.
Online Sales Platforms: What You Need to Know
Oregon Tilth presented a webinar about online sales platforms for direct-to-consumer sales. Hear from representatives from four online food sales platforms and see the list of common questions when considering online sales.
List of Online Sales Platforms and Pricing
Trying to sift through the many different options for online sales? This list assembled by the National Young Farmers Coalition provides links, features and pricing for 14 platforms for farmers.
Other Marketing Resources
We’ve also compiled a short list of resources on building market resilience in light of COVID-19 impacts on marketing of farm products.
Adding new enterprises?
Cornell Small Farms Program Youtube Channel
Our Youtube channel features tutorials for mushroom growing, videos on farmer veterans, and much more. Find webinars that review everything from financing a farm to advanced vegetable production.
Our Free Plan Your Farm Hub Course
This always free self-paced course helps guide aspiring farmers to take the first steps toward developing a farm. Working through the topics, videos, readings, and planning activities will give you a solid foundation for the start of your farm business
Free Seed Starting Academy
Fruition Seeds is now offering their popular Seed Starting Academy for free (normally $98). The course tutorials and resources will be shared over ten weeks and include easy approaches to thin, pot up, harden off, and transplant seedlings, strategies for successful direct sowing all season long with tips for optimal seed storage, and easy solutions to common seed starting mistakes.
Now Free! ATTRA Publications Available to Download
The ATTRA Sustainable Agriculture program has over 500 publications for farmers, gardeners, homesteaders, and more. Formerly for a small fee, the paywall is now gone and .pdfs and hard copies (with the cost of shipping) are available.
USDA Resources and Policy Updates
Farmers.gov has information and free educational materials regarding farm management, conservation, and more. The home page also features timely COVID-19 updates.