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Open Gate: Full Heart Farm Day

May 31, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm


Ledyard, Connecticut
Friday May 31, 2019 — 9:00AM – 4:00PM — $30 (includes lunch!)

What to Expect:

At the Full Heart Farm Day, you will….

  • Learn how Holistic Management enables producers to clearly identify & meet their goals, make better decisions and enjoy the benefits of regenerative agriculture
  • Meet Allyson Angelini and learn how she has applied Holistic Management and how it has influenced her farming and financial strategies
  • Take part in a hands-on exercise to learn about the health of the soil
  • Tour Full Heart Farm and learn about cropping strategies and biological monitoring
  • Learn why soil health is so critical to productivity
  • Take part in a group exercise to find out how Holistic Management can enable producers to make fully informed decisions that support their goals
  • Learn from producers who have practiced these holistic, regenerative techniques
  • Enjoy a delicious lunch featuring produce from Full Heart Farm!



FridayMay 31, 2019
9:00 Registration & Check-in
9:15Welcome & Introduction to Holistic Management - Phil Metzger
9:30Full Heart Farm Story - Allyson Angelini
9:50Introduction to Holistic Financial Planning - Phil Metzger & Allyson Angelini -Why it's important to have a plan -Key Differences between traditional and Holistic Financial Planning -Prioritizing expenses worksheet
10:40On Farm Decision Making - Allyson Angelini & Phil Metzger -Holistic Decision Testing
11:40Collaborator Talk -Jiff Martin - UCONN Extension -Dina Brewster - CT NOFA
NoonLunch - featuring Full Heart Farm produce! -Sarah Kubik - USDA
1:00Full Heart Farm Tour & Crop Rotation Talk
1:45Soil Health on the Land - Kip Kolesinskas
2:15Biological Monitoring Demonstration - Phil Metzger
2:45 Soil Under the Microscope - Monique Bosch (Wiggle Room)
3:30Q & A with all speakers
4:00Evaluations & Adjourn


Allyson Angelini

Allyson fell in love with farming while studying at UMass Amherst – where she went on to get a degree in Agriculture Education.  She has 12 years of experience raising animals, vegetables, and small fruit for market.

Allyson purchased Full Heart Farm in the spring of 2012 at the age of 24, and has been living the dream ever since.

Allyson has spoken at many conferences and events, including the Young Farmers Conference.  She serves as a mentor for Holistic Management International’s Beginning Women Farmers Program and is a member of the National Young Farmers Coalition.  Allyson was named one of CT Magazine’s 40 under 40 for 2015, as well as eWomen Network’s Emerging Leader of the Year for 2015.  She loves to learn and to teach and fills her evenings and winters contracting for UConn and Cornell Extension.

Few things excite Allyson as much as working on the farm, but she also enjoys canning, cooking, and renovating their farmhouse, as well as spending time with the littlest farmers.

Phil Metzger, Holistic Management Professional Certified Educator

Phil Metzger is a natural resources development consultant having recently retired from a 32-year career as a resource conservationist for the USDA – Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). He has extensive experience working with an array of public, private and non-profit partners in natural resources conservation and rural economic development. He instructs on various topics including: farm/personal/business/organization goal setting, customer service, resource delineation, improved decision making, financial/business/land/grazing planning, biological monitoring, and reading the land. He is a Certified Educator in Holistic Management, currently serving as an instructor for the Getting Started Online Holistic Financial Planning Course.


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Advanced registration is $30 per person (includes lunch). Online registration closes May 28, 2019.  Walk in registration is $35 per person, if available.

Register soon, as we have limited space available. Sorry, registration fees are non-refundable.

If you are unable to register online, please fill out the HMI Event Registration Form and mail along with your check or money order to:

HMI Registration Dept.
5941 Jefferson St. NE, Ste B
Albuquerque, NM 87109

This is a rain or shine event. Please bring appropriate clothing, footwear and a water bottle. For biosecurity reasons please do not bring any dogs.


About the Farm:

193 IRON STREET, LEDYARD, CT (click here for directions)

Full Heart Farm was started in the spring of 2012 using the principles of Holistic Financial Planning and Holistic Land Management.  The overgrown, previously un-farmed parcel was converted into productive crop land by rotating pigs (to clear overgrown areas and rocks) and chickens (to build fertility).  Each season the farm has evolved to fit the needs of the farm family, as well as the changing market for local foods.  The farm currently raises specialty vegetables and cut flowers on about an acre of crop land for a 100 person CSA and a handful of wholesale accounts.


Special thank you to our funder for making this day possible:

Thank you to our hosts and collaborators:


Sponsor This Series:

Our Open Gate series offers organizations, agencies and businesses a great opportunity to network with farmers, ranchers and consumers interested in sustainable agricultural ideas, products and services. We offer a variety of affordable Sponsorship Opportunities to connect you with our community. Please email Stephanie von Ancken at [email protected] for more information.



May 31, 2019
9:00 am - 4:00 pm


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