MENDOCINO Co., 5/23/18 — Summer is almost here, and the busiest season for our local farmers is in full swing — which means it’s a great time to learn from other farmers in action! This coming Tuesday, May 29, you can participate in a free workshop at Irene’s Garden in Laytonville, CA, as part of an ongoing series from farmers, for farmers, designed to teach you to “work smarter, not harder.”
Called the “Farmer to Farmer Field Days,” the workshops are intended to connect local farmers through free educational events held on local farms throughout Northern California, focused on improving efficiency and increasing profitability. The upcoming event will feature tips and hands-on know-how from Irene Engber, who runs a three acre “truck farm” in Laytonville, and is a member of the Mend-Lake Food Hub and the newly formed CSA “The Farmers Kitchen.” Engber will be discussing her “innovations in seeding lettuce for wholesale and weed management for carrots.” The series is organized by The MendoLake Food Hub, The Farmers Guild, CAFF, the School of Adaptive Agriculture, and the UC Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program.
Here’s all the details of the May 29 event included below, and here’s the link to more information about the Field Days program.
Farmer to Farmer Field Days
Lean Thinking on Your Farm: How to Work Smarter, Not Harder
Free Technical Workshop for Farmers
May 29th | 9am – 12pm | Irene’s Garden, Laytonville, CA
Ben Hartman’s The Lean Farm has inspired many farmers to find efficiencies on their farms and increase profits without increasing their work. This workshop will address the essentials of lean farming, with a focus on the practical steps you can take to increase efficiency. This workshop takes the conversation begun at the North Coast Farmers’ Convergence in February into the field to give you the opportunity to do the hands on field analysis and innovation Hartman recommends. On May 29th, we will be visiting Irene’s garden to learn about her innovations in seeding lettuce for wholesale and weed management for carrots. “How To Work Smarter” is designed to give participants an in-depth look at how to increase efficiency, reduce workload, and increase profitability on their farms.
Space is limited. Please RSVP to [email protected] by 5/25.
About the Field to Field Workshop Series
Join fellow farmers as well as farm interns, students and employees as we gather for educational field visits across Northern California to share best practices, sustainability techniques and glean on-farm know-how from peers. Attendance is free and open to specialty crop growers–fruits, vegetables, nuts, flowers, herbs–as well as anyone aspiring toward a career in production agriculture. This is a project of The MendoLake Food Hub, The Farmers Guild, CAFF, the School of Adaptive Agriculture & The UC Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program.