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At SUNY Cobleskill, we believe in hands-on learning and using our resources to empower our neighbors. After two successful Lifestyle Farming Conferences, we are proud to announce the third Lifestyle Farming Conference on April 7, 2018.

This day-long event highlights spring season topics in farming and homesteading: from garden preparation and berry growing to mushroom cultivation. You can also brush up on year-round skills such as homestead site assessment and farm finances. Meet and learn from SUNY Cobleskill faculty and other experts. A vendor fair will offer goods and supplies that complement the courses.


What We're Offering


Maple Syrup 101
Sap to Syrup Processing
Sugar Bush Management
Maple Candies & Creams (3 Hour Skill Builder)

Summer Strawberry Patch
Cultivating Cider & Heirloom Apples
Bush Berries
Orchard Startup and Grafting (3 Hour Skill Builder)

Waking Up The Veggie Garden
Healthy Soil - Happy Plants
Growing with Drip Irrigation & Ag Films
Garden Planning & Seed Starting
Garden Insect & Disease Management

Mushrooms 101
Introduction to Wild and Medicinal Mushrooms
Mushroom Bags Cultivation (3 Hour Skill Builder)

Startup Farming
Homesteading 101
Homestead Site Assessment
Homestead Planning
Farm Financial Management
Farm Marketing for Beginners

Introduction to Bees & Hives
The Backyard Flock
Meat Rabbits
Keeping Your Beef: Care and Nutrition

Know Your Cuts: Pork & Beef
Whole Hog Breakdown (3 Hour Skill Builder)
1/2 Cow Breakdown (3 Hour Skill Builder)

Setting an Edge: Knife & Tool Sharpening
Chainsaw 101
Homestead Saw Milling
Operating Small Farm Equipment
Spring Tractor Startup & Repairs (3 Hour Skill Builder)

Preparing Your Fibers for Use
Fiber Felting

BBQ & Meat Smoking for Beginners (3 Hour Skill Builder)
Cheese Making: Beyond the Basics (3 Hour Skill Builder)
Culinary Herbs Preservation

Essential Oils: The Basics
Sauvé & Lotions

Advanced Brewing: Beyond the Kit (3 Hour Skill Builder)


New! Get Your Knives & Tools Sharpened at the Conference

ProSharp Mobile Sharpening Service will be on-site to set a professional edge to your blades. 

Conference Sponsor

Brown's Feeds of Frankfort, NY



Can you see a match between our courses and your products or services? Reserve a booth at our Vendor Fair to bring your products or services to a captive audience of conference participants.


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