Tri-State CRAFT Chapter

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In the tradition of SAITA in PA, and CRAFT (Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training) programs throughout the US, PA CRAFT will create a mentor network of established farmers dedicated to enhancing the educational opportunities for apprentices and new farmers in our region. The goal of the program is to share the collective knowledge of these experienced farmers to insure the success of the next generation of farms and farmers. PA CRAFT will also provide an opportunity for apprentices to create a network of their own through social activities and opportunities for information and resource sharing.

This will be accomplished in the following ways:

  • Though a series of field days at mentor farms and other farms of interest in the region. Apprentices will be exposed to many diverse farm models that will inform their choices as they pursue a career in agriculture.
  • Participation in the national CRAFT farmer training movement, which will provide networking and collaboration to participating farms, farmers and apprentices;
  • Didactic improvements to the CRAFT curriculum- the mentor network will be structured to be a compliment to the hands-on learning that is taking place throughout the season on each of the host farms, and will convey a natural progression of topics leading from the basics to the more complex;
  • Provide additional theory based content in classroom/workshop setting on agrarian sciences to the CRAFT curriculum;
  • Establishment of a regional farmer-mentor network. The Farmer mentors will participate in a Farmer-to-Farmer steering committee- intended to oversee and evaluate the program curriculum and monitor itsí primary objectives and success;
  • Though the creation of a tool swap and resource library available to all apprentices at The Longview Center for Agriculture;
  • Opportunities for socializing and community building through potlucks and our annual Farmer Showdown event in November.
  • Through innovative collaboration between farmers, non-profit organizations and university programs dedicated to training the next generation of farmers.
  • When: Field days will begin in April.
    Click here to view the 2012 Tri-State CRAFT Workshop Calendar
    Where: The 5 counties of the Philadelphia region, Central New Jersey and the Greater Leigh Valley (coordinated though the Penn State Start Farming Program)
    Who: The PA CRAFT website (coming soon!) and coordination of PA CRAFT programming will be administered by Greener Partners in collaboration with Pa Start Farming in Leigh County and a volunteer advisory committee of farmer mentors.
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