New Farmer Summit, Farm Enterprise Conference, Regional Ag Events

Connecticut New Farmer Summit will be held at Auer Farm on Friday, Feb. 11, at the 4-H Education Center, Bloomfield, 2 to 6 p.m. Designed for young and/or beginning farmers who are currently farming, either operating their own business or as employees of a farm (the USDA defines new farmers as farming less than 10 years and young farmer as 35 years old or younger), participants should have at least two seasons full-time farm experience and plan to be mostly employed as a farmer in the future. Registration is required. Call (860) 318-6813 to see if space is still available.

The New England state Departments of Agriculture, in cooperation with agricultural organizations across the region, invite you to participate as an exhibitor in the upcoming “Expanding New England Farm Enterprise: Reaping More From What We Sow – Harvest New England” ag marketing conference and trade show.

Growers from across the Northeast will convene in Massachusetts on Tuesday, March 1, through Thursday, March 3, at the Sturbridge Host Hotel and Conference Center. Booth set up is on Wednesday, March 2, from 8 a.m. to noon.

Keynote speaker is John Stanley of Australia, described as the ‘retail guru’ with skills in perishable retailing: food, plants, flowers and pets – “anything that cannot be put on a shelf and ignored.”

For details, see This marketing conference targets New England growers interested in learning new marketing ideas or fine-tuning strategies for business success. Contact David Webber at (617) 626-1754; or

New Hampshire Farm & Forest Expo: “Growth through Yankee Ingenuity” is set for Feb. 4 and Feb. 5, at the Radisson in Manchester. Commercial exhibits, livestock, auction, and more;