Seats available for farmers forum
Updated 11:45 am, Tuesday, January 19, 2016
The Litchfield Hills Farmers Forum will be held Jan. 30 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Litchfield.
The event, to be held at Wamogo Regional High School at 98 Wamogo Road (Route 202), is free to area farmers and farming advocates.
The forum will feature presentations on creative solutions to some of the challenges local farmers face.
A complimentary continental breakfast and lunch catered by Freund’s Farm of East Canaan will be served.
Co-sponsors include the Connecticut Community Foundation, Farm Credit East ACA, the New Milford Farmland & Forest Preservation Committee and Wamogo Regional High School.
“What we want to do is bring information about those resources to our farmers right where they live and work,” she said.
Carroll is spearheading the creation of a master list of state, federal and nonprofit grant opportunities that will be distributed to all workshop participants.
Forum topics will include a report on the regional food hub feasibility study, which aim to aggregate local produce and product in large enough quantities to attract big institutional buyers; new foods being grown in New England and entering the market; finding and leasing available farmland; identifying and writing successful grant applications for federal, state and on-profit grants; dealing with liability and labor issues; branding and marketing one’s farm and its products; and utilizing digital applications to manage the farm.
Participants will select four of the eight sessions.
The workshop is free, but pre-registration is required.
To register, visit bit.ly/1U9AVgA or call Lisa Arasim, event coordinator, at 203-460-0659.