Farmer Programs

FairShare works closely with our community of growers to develop and share resources, build skills and farm efficiencies and to maintain a spirit of collaboration and camaraderie.  FairShare endorses new farms each year through an application and interview process and throughout the year sponsors Grower Gatherings, Mentorship Programs, Technical Workshops and Field Days for FairShare endorsed farms and other direct market producers. FairShare’s grower resource library contains hundreds of articles, books, audio recordings and other publications related to direct market production and is available for lending or in-office reading by our community of growers.

Farmer Training and Resource Development

Field Days

FairShare Field Days occur in the summer and fall and are opportunities to visit local farms while they are in production. Coalition growers open their farm to the public for a guided tour and discussion of diverse topics related to farm production. Field Days are free and open to the public.

Dennis teaching during Field Day

Dennis teaching during Field Day

Technical Workshops

Workshops are single-topic, intensive programs offering attendees several hours of hands-on experience. Attendance is typically capped at 15-25 to ensure that all attendees are able to ask questions and engage with the presenters and topic material. For topics directly related to farm production, the workshop will tend to take place on a farm. During the 2010-11 workshop season, the Coalition organized sessions on Fruit Tree Grafting, Quickbooks for CSA Growers, Crop Planning, Early Season Hoophouse Production, Mechanical Cultivation, and Building a Low-Cost Packshed & Cooler.

Grower Gatherings

These semi-formal gatherings sessions are typically held as a potluck during the winter and are open to anyone who would like to attend.  Farmers, consultants, faculty, and extension staff come together to share ideas, experiences, and suggestions for a particular topic, such as labor management, pest control, irrigation systems, or cover crops.

Small-Group Sessions

These training sessions are limited to 5 farmers who are members of FairShare.  They take place during the winter and are designed to allow farmers and other experts to convey detailed information in a small group setting. Participants can expect to discuss their specific farm situation with the instructors.  View our 2014 Winter Programs.

Farm Mentorship Program

These training sessions are limited to 5 farmers who are members of The CSA Coalition.  They take place during the winter and are designed to allow farmers and other experts to convey detailed information tailored to particular farms in a small group setting.

FairShare CSA Coalition

FairShare CSA Coalition