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Introducing the Lifestyle Farming Conference

At SUNY Cobleskill, we believe in hands-on learning and using our resources to empower our neighbors. After a successful inaugural Lifestyle Farming Conference we are proud to host the second Lifestyle Farming Conference, an intense one-day educational event covering more than two dozen topics in farming and homesteading skills on Saturday, November 11, 2017. .

During the second Lifestyle Farming Conference, we will be offering a wider breadth of courses that focus on the fall season. In our classrooms and labs, SUNY Cobleskill faculty will teach workshops on fruits for fermentation, wine and cider making, cheeses, food preservation, homestead planning, herbal teas, meat smoking, raw milk, bread making, and more. With two levels — 1.5-hour Introductory Courses and 3-hour Skill Builders — everyone from novice to experienced homesteaders will find a course to suit their interests and skill levels.

The conference will be accompanied by a specialized vendor fair featuring goods and supplies that complement the workshops, such as apiary supplies, animal feed, wines and liquors, and orchard necessities.

What We're Offering

1.5 Hour Introductory Courses

Basics of Orchard Pruning
Fruits for Fermentation
Introduction to Hops
Milling Grains
Food Preservation 101
Food Dehydration
Grazing Your Herd
Goat & Sheep Care
Extended Season Gardening
Seed Saving
Herbal Teas
Introduction to Fibers
Root Cellars
Homestead Planning
Raw Milk
Animal Nutrition
Small Engine Equipment Care
Soap Making
Ginseng & Forest Medicals


3 Hour Skill Builders

Hard Cider Making
Grape to Glass Wine Making
Cheese Making
Bread Baking
Meat Smoking
Poultry Processing
Canning and Pickling

Interested in joining the Vendor Fair?

You could reach conference attendees with your products or services by signing up for a booth at our vendor fair. Contact us at

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