Wed, Mar 13|
RFN-NJ Chat & Chew: City to Country - How to Move Without Losing Your Mind
Are you ready for farm life? Most of the time farming is represented as either euphoric and ideal or as absolute, thankless drudgery. This workshop is about the reality of the middle ground and all of the little, and not so little, things that no one actually tells you about country life.
Time & Location
Mar 13, 2024, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM EDT
About The Event
Most of the time farming is represented as either euphoric and ideal or as absolute, thankless drudgery. This workshop is about the reality of the middle ground and all of the little, and not so little, things that no one actually tells you about country life. From the funny and the beautiful moments to the life altering and dangerous times and all of the funky, quirky wonderfulness in between, farm life has it all! Are you ready?
Join Tomia MacQueen of Wildflower farm as she covers the basics of looking for land and funding your farm, but Tomia will go more in-depth about preparing for day to day country life, such as what to bring with you and what not to bother packing up (yep, just sell it LOL), what to setup first, the chicken coop or the garden, how to save yourself and your family a ton of money and heartache and why your kids will likely love you and hate you at the same time for moving them into the country.
This will be an introduction to her 3-hour course. If you love it and want to dive in deeper, you can sign up for Tomia's 3-hour webinar or her full day, in-person class. Learn more here: https://www.wildflowerfarmnj.com/farm-tours-and-classes
About the speaker:
Tomia MacQueen is an Educator (BA) of 19 years, Farmer and Master Gardener specializing in edible gardens. She is the owner of Wildflower Farm and the Founder of Dance for LIFE (Love, Inspiration, Faith and Empowerment) and Gardening for LIFE. Tomia has been an Edible Gardens Consultant for 15 years, and has been in Dance Ministry for 14 years. Tomia is a Board member at Friends of Hopewell Valley Open Space (FoHVOS), a Board member of the Northeast Organic Farming Association New Jersey (NOFA-NJ, Founder of the Healing Waters Farming Project and a member of Governance for the Ujamaa Cooperative Farming Alliance where she is also Lead for the Value-Added Working Group and a member seed grower. She partners with local organizations and schools as a featured Farmer/Mentor within youth and young adult programs such as the Outdoor Equity Alliance Agrihood Program and the Princeton University Seed Farm and others. Tomia dedicates herself to imparting healthy habits and positive body image to both her dance and gardening students, and to closing food security gaps through education. When she is not in her family gardens, out caring for their animals, dancing or teaching, Tomia enjoys cooking, canning, horseback riding, sports, spending time with her family and, of course, a very good book. Wildflower Farm sustainably produces organically and ethically raised pastured and free range poultry, lamb, vegetables with a truly unique focus on humane animal husbandry policies and conservation practices. Wildflower Farm also is host to Educational Sustainability and Homesteading workshops for adults and children.
What is the Regenerative Farm Network (RFN-NJ)?
North Jersey RC&D has created the Regenerative Farm Network (RFN-NJ) as a place for NJ farmers to learn and exchange knowledge regarding regenerative and climate-smart farm practices. Through RFN-NJ, farmers can receive technical assistance, training opportunities, speaker-development and farmer-to-farmer networking. Learn more here: https://www.northjerseyrcd.org/rfn-nj
The Regenerative Farm Network is made possible by the Conservation Outreach: Equity through Cooperative Agreements grant through USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).