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 Pastured Poultry
Raising Laying Hens
Raising Grass Fed Beef
Operating a Successful Vegetable Hoophouse
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
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.
Our Fiber Workshop can begin with the sheep, their care and the care and preparation of their fleeces or if you just plan to purchase fiber we can hang out with the sheep and learn about what to look for in fiber to suit your business model. All workshops are...
We've all been there; traveling from one farm conference to the next, gathering ideas and leaving super excited about possibilities and just a tad overwhelmed thinking about the execution. Come and spend the week on our farm, working with us during the day, spending...
My son, Brayden has been moving and building chicken pens since he was around 10 years of age. I myself was the first person in Kentucky to get a slap on the wrist from the Kentucky Health Department for selling pastured chicken. In the late 1990's I presented at...
This workshop will begin with learning to ask the right questions before you even set those four little hooves down on your farm. We have a battery of questions that we are certain haven't even entered your mind and the answers to those questions will show a clear...
Learn how to run a small, 100% Grass Fed micro dairy on your farm. Many people still tell us that you can't produce milk without feeding grain but we've done it successfully for the past 15 years. You'll learn how to chose a breed based on your own farm terrain, how...