Friday May 31, 2019 — 9:00AM – 4:00PM — $30 (includes lunch!)
What to Expect:
- 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!
|Friday||May 31, 2019|
|9:00||Registration & Check-in|
|9:15||Welcome & Introduction to Holistic Management - Phil Metzger|
|9:30||Full Heart Farm Story - Allyson Angelini|
|9:50||Introduction 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|
|10:40||On Farm Decision Making - Allyson Angelini & Phil Metzger -Holistic Decision Testing|
|11:40||Collaborator Talk -Jiff Martin - UCONN Extension -Dina Brewster - CT NOFA|
|Noon||Lunch - featuring Full Heart Farm produce! -Sarah Kubik - USDA|
|1:00||Full Heart Farm Tour & Crop Rotation Talk|
|1:45||Soil Health on the Land - Kip Kolesinskas|
|2:15||Biological Monitoring Demonstration - Phil Metzger|
|2:45||Soil Under the Microscope - Monique Bosch (Wiggle Room)|
|3:30||Q & A with all speakers|
|4:00||Evaluations & Adjourn|
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.
Jiff Martin, Associate Extension Educator in Sustainable Food Systems for the UConn College of Agriculture, Health & Natural Resources
Jiff Martin is an active program manager of several outreach initiatives. Jiff currently leads a team of professionals that assist new farmers in sustainable production and farmland management through the Solid Ground Program. She collaborates with CT Dept. of Education on expanding farm to school activities through the Put Local On Your Tray Program. She is credited with launching two AmeriCorps service learning programs (FoodCorps CT & Connecticut Food Justice VISTA Project). She is proud to represent CT on the Network Team of Food Solutions New England (FSNE). Jiff is eager to connect emerging leaders in food and farming systems, and looks for efficient solutions to challenges faced by food growers and food entrepreneurs. Prior to joining UConn Extension, she was the State Director for American Farmland Trust and the Food Policy Director at Hartford Food System.
Sarah Kubik, County Executive Director USDA Farm Service Agency
Sarah Kubik is the County Executive Director of the New London County Farm Service Agency (FSA). Since 2014 Sarah has worked to connect farmers to FSA programs, with an emphasis on new and beginning farmers. FSA has a locally elected County Committee system and works to provide farm ownership and operating loans, low interest funding for farm storage facility loans, and provides safety net programs like the Non-Insured Disaster Assistance Program (NAP); enacted through national Farm Bills to help the farm economy.
Monique Bosch, Wiggle Room
Dina Brewster, Executive Director, CTNOFA
Kip Kolesinskas, Consulting Conservation Scientist
Kip’s major clients include the American Farmland Trust (AFT), the Connecticut Department of Agriculture, Connecticut Farmland Trust, and the University of Connecticut Extension. Much of the focus of his recent work has involved efforts to improve land access and affordability, and provide technical services to new and beginning farmers. Current he serves on the UConn Extension Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program Solid Ground Farmer Training cadre, where Kip provides training and site assessments on land access, soil health, and climate change adaptation strategies. In addition, he works on AFT’s recent National initiatives Farms Under Threat and Farmland For The Next Generation. Kip also assists the CT Department of Agriculture with the Farmland Restoration Program to sustainably bring additional lands back into production, and the CT Farmlink Program, a farm access listing-linking service. Formerly USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service State Soil Scientist for Connecticut and Rhode Island, where he worked extensively with farmers, educators, government and nonprofits to help them protect farmland and wetlands, and use soils information to make better informed land use decisions. He is a recognized regional and national speaker on soils and land use planning, farmland protection, climate change adaptation, and farmland access. Kip is a member of the Working Lands Alliance and the Connecticut Council on Environmental Quality. In addition to this wealth of professional experience, Kolesinskas is an avid fisherman, cook, gardener and local foods advocate.
Upon receiving an A.A.S. in Plant Science from SUNY Cobleskill, Kolesinskas received a B.S. in Soil Science from Cornell University and completed additional coursework at Texas A&M and Lancaster University and Schumacher College in the United Kingdom.
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:
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 host and collaborators:
UCONN College of Agriculture, Health & Natural Resources
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.