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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, experienced farmers, and craft experts 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

Fruits for Fermentation
Introduction to Hops
Fresh Milled Grains for Baking
Food Preservation 101
Food Dehydration
Grazing & Pasturing
Goats & Sheep Care
Extended Season Gardening
Seed Saving
Herbal Teas
Introduction to Fibers
Root Cellars
Homestead Planning
Raw Milk Production
Animal Nutrition
Small Engine Equipment Care
Small Farm Equipment Operations
Basics of Soap Making
American Ginseng
Forest Medicinals


3 Hour Skill Builders

Hard Cider Making
Wine Making
Cheese Making
Bread Baking
Meat Smoking
Poultry Processing
Canning and Pickling
Introduction to Charcuterie & Fresh Sausage Making
Vineyard Management


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

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