Embarking on a life of farming is daunting at its best and downright frustrating at its worst.

Most farming stories begin with the exhilaration of following the heart, followed by the intimidation of mastering countless skills rapidly.  Learning how to farm can be an arduous, expensive, and frustrating journey that dooms many to early failure.

At River Cottage Farm, we started with nothing. Over years of hard work and hard lessons, we amassed expertise from agricultural textbooks, best-practices conferences, and, most of all, our fellow farmers. With their help, we built our successful farm.

Now, it’s our turn to share what we have learned with you. That’s why we are offering workshops at the farm where you can join us for a day or stay with us for up to a week. Through our workshop program, you will experience the workings of a farm, learn in a one-on-one setting, and practice the skills you will need to run your own establishment. With our subject-focused workshops, you can customize your learning to the topics that will be most useful to your future farm;

100% Grass Fed Dairying
Raising Sheep
Raising Pastured Poultry
Raising Laying Hens
Pasturing Pigs
Raising Grass Fed Beef
Operating a Successful Vegetable Hoophouse
Keeping Bees.

During our 5-day Farm Workshops you can get an overview of all aspects of the farm including;

Record Keeping for a Sustainable Farm
Setting up Quickbooks for Your Farm
How to Design a Website
How to Cook What You Raise
Cheesemaking 101
Passing the Farm On to the Next Generation
How to Set up at a Farmer’s Market

We have no hesitation in saying that you will save your tuition, many times over, in the first year of your venture. Click on a Farm Stay Workshop banner to see more about each workshop.