Hosted by Song Sparrow Farm: 140 Meadow St., Northampton
This workshop will provide information on how to select the right equipment for a small acreage farm. It will explore the relationship(s) between hand tools and mechanized equipment as related to different scales of production, with emphasis on walk-behind tractors. Farmers will share strategies for decision-making for current and future scales and in helping manage towards farm and family goals.
Host Diego Irizarry-Gerould of Song Sparrow Farm will walk through production decisions related to tool use and scale. Andy Pressman from NCAT/ATTRA and Foggy Hill Farm will facilitate the process involved in assessing your needs based on scale and production goals. This workshop is ideal for those who are in their first few years of operations and management at a small scale.
Diego Irizarry-Gerould, Farm Manager/Owner at Song Sparrow Farm
Andy has been with NCAT since 2007, helping farmers in the fields of whole-farm planning, small-scale intensive farming systems, organic crop certification, urban agriculture, and community food systems. Andy has a MS degree in Sustainable Systems from Slippery Rock University with an emphasis in agroecology and Permaculture design. He has extensive experience in market farming and in working with appropriately-scaled tools and equipment for the small farm. Andy and his family also operate Foggy Hill Farm, a small diversified farm and CSA located in Jaffrey, NH.