Michigan State University is ready to accept applications for their 2015 farmer training program! Looks like a really exciting opportunity.
Here’s what they have to say:
“The Organic Farmer Training Program offers nine months of intensive instruction in year-round organic farming. The program focuses on diversified production of vegetables, livestock, flowers, fruits and herbs for local markets. Participants manage all aspects of a 15-acre certified organic farm, including passive solar greenhouses used for year-round production in cold climates. Participants also manage the Student Organic Farm’s field and hoophouse production. Produce is grown for the farm’s primary markets, including a 48-week CSA, seven-month on-campus farm stand, and sales to campus dining services.
“Participants develop competencies in farm skills and business planning through trainings, individual advising meetings, and engagement in the daily operations of the farm and. Hands-on training is combined with workshops, lectures, readings and assignments that build participants’ knowledge and understanding of organic farming principles and practices. The program is designed to give participants a strong background in production skills as well as the knowledge, management, and decision-making skills necessary to operate a diversified small farming business. “
They also provide scholarship opportunities:
MSU- RHS Scholarships
A limited number of scholarships will be awarded based on assessed financial need and merit. Need and merit based scholarships will range from $1,000 to $5,000 and will be applied immediately and directly towards the cost of the program.
Michigan Good Food Charter Scholarship for People of Color
One to two scholarships totaling $10,000 will be granted each year. The Michigan Good Food Charter Scholarships will be disbursed directly to the participant.
Visit our website for full program description, application and scholarship information: http://msuorganicfarm.org/organic-farmer-training-program