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farmshare austin currently accepting applications for spring 2016 program

Farmshare Austin, is a nonprofit dedicated to providing communities with healthy food by teaching the next generation of organic farmers.

“Using a blend of hands-on in-field training and formal classroom education, students will gain practical knowledge and experience in organic and sustainable growing methods, as well as learning the business and financial planning skills necessary to establish a successful market farm. Students will live and work on a seven acre organic farm in an intensive four and a half month immersion learning experience. Students will receive extensive in-field training in organic vegetable production with mentorship from experienced staff, and will work cooperatively to accomplish daily tasks for a 60 member CSA. Students will be exposed to all aspects of a working farm and will develop in-depth skills through this seasonal program. Daily activities may include bed preparation, planting, weeding, irrigation, harvest, and packing.

Students will also receive 200 hours of formal educational time. Students will participate in bi-weekly classes, along with farm walks, discussions, workshops, and monthly local area farm tours with opportunities to work with and learn from agricultural professionals and expert farmers. Students will benefit from individual attention, small class size, and evaluations for educational and training goals.

We are seeking vibrant, enthusiastic candidates who are committed to participating in an intensive twenty week training program in organic vegetable production.  Applicants should have a passion for sustainable agriculture and be prepared to submerse themselves in an inclusive learning community. We strive to select individuals who can contribute a diverse set of skills and knowledge, and are ultimately looking to create a healthy, happy, and active learning community.”

For more information click HERE!


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grange farm school spring term 2016

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California’s Grange Farm School provides programs designed for “practical people who are ready to make a difference in the real world. Students with a desire to enter a career in agriculture equipped with essential skills, knowledge, and resources. Students who want to be among the million new farmers, ranchers, and small businesses this country needs in order to transform agriculture through creative and profitable enterprises.”

Does that sound like you? Because if it does, you should know that the Greenhorns give this program their highest recommendation.

The Grange School’s 14 week residential, Student Program aims to offer students the “tools and confidence to manage a successful agricultural enterprise, whether in farming, ranching, or related fields.” Participants live and work on a beautiful 5,000 acre ranch with diverse vegetables, grains, fruit trees, and livestock and participate in a comprehensive curriculum in business management, industrial arts, animal husbandry, soil and ecology, and crop production. The program hopes to provide students with a whole-system framework combined with classroom instruction and hands-on knowledge.

 

Contact the school at info@grangefarmschool.org for more information or their website website or blog: www.grangefarmschool.org   and www.grangefarmschool.wordpress.com!

The deadline to apply for the Spring term is February 1st.


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green farming in the green mountains: farmer training program at UVM

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Applications are currently being accepted for UVM’s farmer training program! The six-month program offers a certificate in Sustainable Agriculture and provides students with a combination of classroom learning and hands-on experience managing the school’s 10-acre education farm. Each year, 25 students are accepted and learn everything from crop rotation to marketing. If you’re looking for an learning experience that is more formally structured (and probably more comprehensive) than the traditional farm apprenticeship, this program might be right for you!

The program runs May-October and is “designed for people interested in immersing themselves in sustainable, local food systems in a hands-on educational setting. Candidates include, but are not limited to:  new and beginning farmers, urban and community gardeners, farm educators and students interested in deepening their understanding of sustainable farming systems in an intensive and focused learning environment.”

You can learn more at UVM‘s website and order an information packet for the program. Admission is given on a rolling basis.

 


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2016 apprenticeships in regenerative agriculture in the american west

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Starting a career in regenerative agriculture? Want to develop technical skills in grassfed beef production, dairy management and cheesemaking, or heirloom fruit tree cultivation and holistic orchard management?

The wonderful folks at the Quivira Coalition are seeking applicants for their New Agrarian Program‘s eight-month (March to Nov 2016) on-site apprenticeships at San Jaun Ranch in Alamosa, CO; James Ranch Artisan Cheese in Durango, CO; and Tooley’s Trees in Truchas, NM. All of these positions explore sustainable agriculture in the new American West and include a monthly stipend, housing, some food, and an education fund.
For more info contact: Sarah Wentzel-Fisher, Quivira Coalition New Agrarian Program Coordinator at sarah@quiviracoalition.org. Full position descriptions are available after the break.

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IllinoisFarmBeginnings.org helps attract and train new farmers

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Three Illinois organizations have joined forces and answered the call to train more farmers and increase local food production. The Land Connection, Angelic Organics Learning Center, and Food Works recently launched http://www.IllinoisFarmBeginnings.org to attract prospective farmers across Illinois and neighboring states.

These organizations are all part of the Farm Beginnings Collaborative (FBC), a national alliance that promotes the Farm Beginnings training model and curriculum. Farm Beginnings is a yearlong course designed for individuals who want to start their own farm business. The course has trained nearly 400 farmers in Illinois since 2005 and will train at least 50 more during the 2015-2016 course year that begins this fall.

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great opportunity in maine for aspiring dairy farmers

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Wolfe’s Neck Farm is now accepting applications for thier newly launched an organic dairy farmer training program on our farm in Freeport, Maine. This is an intensive, experiential 18-month residential paid program that offers a high degree of support to help new organic dairy farmers start their own operation.

Ideal applicants will have dairy farm experience and are certain that they want to be a dairy farmer. The curriculum provides a solid background in the fundamentals needed to start and manage a dairy farm (business management, pasture and soil management, and animal health are the main areas we’ll focus on). Our team of experts provides specialized support through training, securing financing, locating land, and during the first few years of operation.


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farm positions still available around the country

Such as this job, at one of our favorite farms – Juniper Hill in Westport, NY.  Other places to look include MOFGA (Maine), PASA (Pennsylvania) and nation sites like Good Food Jobs (which we partner with).

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Juniper Hill Farm has a full time farm worker position starting April/May 1st going through November/December possibly year round. Come join our team!

This is a 9-12 month position depending on candidate. Work involves harvesting and processing of vegetables, including washing, trimming and packing for wholesale and CSA customers.

The perfect candidate is:

  • Dependable,
  • Hard-working,
  • Highly motivated,
  • Detail oriented,
  • Good humored
  • Good communicator
  • Must be able to lift 50lb-75lb crates.

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