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SUNY Cobleskill: Lifestyle Farming Conference

  • SUNY Cobleskill State Route 7 Cobleskill, NY 12043 (map)

The inaugural Lifestyle Farming Conference hosted by SUNY Cobleskill on Saturday, April 8, is a day of hands-on learning, covering more than a dozen topics in farming and homesteading skills. Classrooms and labs will be open for instruction in topics such as organic gardening, home brewing, composting, farm fresh sausage making, homemade ice cream and much more.

SUNY Cobleskill faculty will open their classrooms and labs to teach organic gardening, home brewing, composting, mushroom growing, yogurt making, apiary management, and more. With three levels — 1.5-hour Introductory Courses, 3-hour Skill Builders, and a 6-hour Intensive — 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 brewing equipment, apiary supplies, animal feed, and orchard necessities.

1.5 Hour Introductory Courses

  • Square Foot Gardening: Maximizing your production in minimum space
  • Feed the Worms: At-Home vermicomposting
  • Cold Climate Home Composting
  • Art of Teas: Basics of tea, herbals, blending, drying, & kombucha
  • Farm & Homestead Structures
  • Small Grains for Brewing
  • Home Brewing 101
  • The Family Herd: Principles for managing livestock or dairy

3 Hour Skill Builders

  • The Backyard Poultry Flock
  • Farm Fresh Sausage Making
  • Fruit & Berry Orcharding 101
  • Growing Your Own Forest Mushrooms
  • Wild Edibles and Medicinal
  • Homemade Ice Cream
  • Homemade Yogurt
  • Farm Brewing Beer

6 Hour Intensives

  • Hive Healthcare and Apiary Management

$60/Conference Only
$72/Conference & Lunch
$20/SUNY Cobleskill Student Price (+ meal swipe for lunch)