EAST END CRAFTCollaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training
The Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training (CRAFT) is a cooperative effort of local farms organized to enhance educational opportunities for farmers and apprentices of all skill levels and experience. Participating farmers offer up their time, talents and experience to help prepare and educate the next generation of farmers.
The secret to CRAFT’s success is simple: farmers learn most effectively from other farmers. CRAFT provides farmer-to-farmer learning and access to the social network and culture of local farmers. East End Food collaborates with local farms to organize a series of weekly tours and workshops for members that run from April through October each year. Tours include a wide variety of farming models unique to the East End, such as mixed vegetable production, vineyards, orchards, fish and shellfish hatcheries, livestock and more.
UPCOMING CRAFT EVENTS
Regenerative Viticulture & Sustainable Winemaking with Macari Vineyards
Wednesday, October 4, 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Join Macari winemaker Byron Elmendorf for a tour and discussion exploring regenerative viticulture and how it contributes to sustainable winemaking practices in the cellar.
Building a Sustainable Regional Food System at East End Food Hub
Thursday, October 12, 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Get a behind the scenes peek at East End Food Hub in Riverhead, NY with a tour of the multi-use facility and learn about its future as the center for the aggregation, processing and distribution of local produce.
Composting & Nutrient Cycling with Treiber Farms
Thursday, October 19, 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Unearth the art of composting and nutrient cycling with Treiber Farms, where sustainability blooms through soil enrichment and eco-friendly practices.
Saturday, October 21, 7:00pm
Get ready to kick up your boots and celebrate our hardworking local farmers at Farm Prom! Join us for a night of country charm, delicious pizza and live music under the stars at Treiber Farms
Community Supported Agriculture with Quail Hill Farm
Thursday, October 26, 4:30pm
Discover the roots of sustainable agriculture with a guided tour of Quail Hill Farm, a pioneer in community-supported agriculture.
Farming Mechanization with Balsam Farms
Thursday, November 2, 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Explore Balsam Farms and discover their use of modern farming methods to work smarter and boost productivity through mechanization.
CRAFT is supported by a grant awarded to East End Food by the USDA’s Northeast/Mid-Atlantic Transition to Organic Partnership Program.