Webinar Schedule and Participant Guide
Starting on Thurs Sept 23, 2021 from 6:30 - 8pm Eastern, we will have a live weekly webinar each week for 6 weeks, ending on Thurs Oct 28, 2021. Please mark these dates and times in your calendar! If you miss the live webinars, the recordings will be posted in the course afterward.
To access the webinars, you will simply need to click on the webinar join link that is posted in the Weekly Resources section of this course. This link only works on the appointed day and time for the webinar, so while you can try clicking it sooner, it won't open the webinar meeting for you.
You may also join our webinars from a mobile device by installing the official Zoom app from your preferred app store. Then, when it's time for a webinar, simply open your Zoom app and enter the 9-digit meeting ID that will be posted along with the webinar link.
Our weekly webinars are designed to expose you to a wide range of farmers, farming styles, enterprises, and business models.
First webinar: Erica Frenay, Course Overview and Getting Started in Farming
Join course facilitator Erica Frenay for an intro to the course, course expectations, Plan Your Farm Hub, history and modern-day context of US farming, overview of farming as a business and how to get started farming.
Second webinar: Erica Frenay, Shelterbelt Farm
Review of Week 1 homework and questions; then Erica will share Shelterbelt Farm's start-up process, focusing especially on how her family's values have shaped their decision-making and goal-setting.
Third webinar: Susan Orellana-Clark, Bristol Hills Lavender Farm
Review of Week 2 homework and questions; then we will be joined by Susan from Bristol Hills Lavender Farm, who, after losing her husband in the war in Afghanistan, turned her lifelong love of flowers into a farm business that helped her recover from this loss.
Fourth webinar: D Rooney, Rock Steady Farm
Review of Week 3 homework and questions; then we will be joined by D Rooney of Rock Steady Farm, a queer-owned and -operated cooperative vegetable farm rooted in social justice, food access and farmer training.
Fifth webinar: Joyce and Aleah from Acorn Hill Farm
Review of Week 4 homework; then we will be joined by the 2-generation farm partnership from Acorn Hill Farm talking about how they got started and their goat milk cheese operation.
Sixth webinar: Brendan Parker from Red Hook Farms, Plus Student Presentations, Wrap-Up, and Next Steps
Last but certainly not least, Brendan Parker will tell us about his personal path into farming, as well as the operation he currently manages, which is an urban farm centered on youth education and social justice, located in Brooklyn. We will also have a couple of brave volunteer students from this course share their farm start-up plan so far, and hopefully have a few minutes for a final Q&A at the end. This webinar may stretch a little longer than the previous weeks'!