Webinar Schedule and Participant Guide
Starting on Tues Sept 24, 2019 from 6:30 - 8pm Eastern, we will have a live weekly webinar each week for 6 weeks, ending on Tues Oct 29, 2019. 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 each week of the course. This link only works on the appointed day and time for that 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 at the top of each week in the course.
First webinar: Tues. Sept 24, 2019, 6:30-8pm - Getting Started in Farming
Topic and speaker: Join Instructor Erica Frenay for an intro to the course, course expectations, Plan Your Farm Hub, overview of farming as a business and how to get started farming. We'll be joined by Steve Gabriel (Cornell Small Farms Program's Agroforestry Specialist, and farmer at Wellspring Forest Farm), who will share the history and modern-day context of US farming, with a social justice lens. You'll also meet Allyson Angelini from Full Heart Farm in CT, who will be our "case study farmer", sharing wisdom from starting and growing a diversified farm business throughout the whole course.
Second webinar: Tues. Oct 1, 2019, 6:30-8pm - Goals, Vision, Mission
Topic and speaker: 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: Tues. Oct 8, 2019, 6:30-8pm - Land Access and Evaluation
Topic and speaker: Steve Gabriel will talk about learning from a piece of land, and how to use this information to make smart choices about production.
Fourth webinar: Tues. Oct 15, 2019, 6:30-8pm - Choosing What to Produce
Topic and speaker: Allyson Angelini from Full Heart Farm in CT will share her farm's start-up story, including how she chose what to produce. Erica will lead an activity or discussion around choosing enterprises.
Fifth webinar: Tues. Oct 22, 2019, 6:30-8pm - Learning to Farm and Financing Your Start-up
Topic and speaker: Allyson Angelini will share how she learned to farm and financed her farm over the years. Erica will lead an activity or discussion on farm financing and skill-building.
Sixth webinar: Tues. Oct 29, 2019, 6:30-8pm - Wrap-Up, Next Steps
Topic and speaker: Allyson will present her farm's start-up plan and discuss how it changed over the years. Erica will review what we covered in the course and check in on Start-Up Plan progress. And we hope 2-3 of you will share your Start-up Plans!