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affordable sustainable ag education opportunity for north carolina folks


Located at the very center of North Carolina’s local food and farming scene, the Sustainable Agriculture Program at Central Carolina Community College is a unique opportunity for sustainable agriculture education.

At CCCC’s sustainable agriculture program students have the opportunity for “Real Farming- Right Now”. The Pittsboro, NC based program has an on-campus, year-round certified organic farm that is an integral part of teaching and learning. Field and hoophouse production, pasture-based heritage breed chickens and a commitment to incorporating sustainable technologies (solar, biofuels, reduced tillage) make this established and accessible program the place to get started in organic farming.

Students have the opportunity to meet and network with a wide variety of sustainable farms, businesses and organizations while participating in focused, practical education and training. Whether you are exploring the possibilities of a career in sustainable farming or you are already farming and recognize the need for some targeted learning opportunities (soil science, marketing, business plans!) you are welcome at CCCC Sustainable Agriculture Program.

Interested students may apply online:

Fall 2016 registration for new students is open now; Fall classes will begin August 15th

Call Robin Kohanowich for more information about sustainable agriculture at CCCC. Certificate and Degree programs available.  Affordable, convenient, established

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permaculture design intensive, june 24-july 3, gaberville, CA

Edible Forest Garden Design Intensive
with Dave Jacke, author of Edible Forest Gardens
June 24 – July 3, 2016, at Heartwood Institute
Scholarships available. Apply early.

In this nine-day intensive course, you will dive deeply into the vision,
theory, and practice of designing wholesome, dynamic, and resilient edible
ecosystems. Dave Jacke and his teaching team will offer lectures, site walks,
experiential classes, and design exercises to help you understand how the
architecture, social structure, underground economics, and successional
processes of natural forests apply to the design of edible ecosystems of all

You’ll learn a variety of ecological design processes while designing a range
of food-producing ecosystems for the Heartwood Institute.  You’ll provide
detailed polyculture designs for an actual food forest at Heartwood. We’ll
also engage with issues of garden management, economics, and the deep
paradigmatic shifts required to succeed at co-creating “HumaNatural”
landscapes and cultures. You will leave inspired and empowered to design food
forests at home for yourself and your friends, neighbors and clients.

Lead Instructor:
Dave Jacke is the lead author of the award winning two-volume book Edible
Forest Gardens. Dave has been a student of ecology and design since the 1970s,
and has run his own ecological design firm – Dynamics Ecological Design in
Greenfield, MA – since 1984. Dave is an engaging and passionate teacher of
ecological design and permaculture, and a meticulous designer. In addition to
extensive teaching, he has consulted on, designed, built, and planted
landscapes, homes, farms, and communities in the many parts of the United
States, as well as overseas. A cofounder of Land Trust at Gap Mountain in
Jaffrey, NH, he homesteaded there for a number of years. He holds a B.A. in
Environmental Studies from Simon’s Rock College (1980) and a M.A. in Landscape
Design from the Conway School of Landscape Design (1984).

Come learn & grow with us at Heartwood!


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meatsmith classes are up! vashon, wa


Brandon and Lauren are not strangers to meatsmithery, in fact they are owners of Farmstead Meatsmith.

“We generally harvest for small family farmers who raise a couple of pigs, a few sheep or a flock of various poultry for their own household.  Think very small scale. The animals never leave the land they know, we use peaceful and humane kill methods specific to each animal’s nature, and we offer every part of every animal back to the farmer.

Unlike many processors, we don’t know the meaning of trim.  Well, we do, but that is why we don’t do it.  We make sure the quality fat you meant for your animal to have, stays there.  Consequently, you will get all your meat back.  And by that we mean 100% of hanging weight.  Standard industry procedure is to dispose of as much as 50% of hanging weight.

Because the dinner table is where the rubber meets the road, particularly with unfamiliar cuts, innards and extremities, Brandon makes himself available for advice long after he leaves your farm.

We also make classes out of harvesting events for interested students near and far. Often we teach the farmers who hire us, enabling them to keep all or part of their processing costs in-house for the next season.

Currently we reach farms in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana.  A handful of farmers have flown Brandon to the east coast, the midwest and recently to the UK.”

Upcoming classes include:

3-Day Goat Harvest Classes; Vashon Island, WA

3-Day Pig Harvest Classes; Vashon Island, WA

U-Pick Turkey Harvest; Vashon Island, WA

If you can’t make it to a class check out the other resources Farmstead Meatsmith has to offer, HERE.

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permaculture skills center farm school, july-sept, sebastopol


In the summer of 2016, the Permaculture Skills Center in Sebastopol, CA is offering a Farm School, a 10-week intensive on regenerative farming, followed by an integrated 6-month mentorship on independent projects.  The program integrates sustainable design, business planning, and farm operation– blending class, field trips, visits from local experts, and on-farm experience– to give students a holistic education in every aspect of commercial permaculture.

Farm School starts with a 10-week Intensive Course
Sunday – Tuesday, July 10 – September 20, 2016
Followed by a 6 – month mentorship
(one week break from July 31 – August 2)

More details on the program and application at the PSC website. Email Program Coordinator, Lee Foster at or call the office at (707) 824-0836 with questions.

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conway school of ecological landscape and design– info session march 19, easthampton, ma


The Conway School, a Landscape Design School in Massachusette’s Pioneer Valley, is holding an information session March 19th at its new Easthampton campus. The Conway School is a 40-year old accredited institution that offers Masters of Science degrees in Ecological Design. Its curriculum focusses on hands-on, real-world, project-based learning with supplemental classes in design theory, graphics, computer skills (such as InDesign and GIS), site engineering, and humanities.

The March 19th session runs from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm and includes presentations from former students, several Q&A sessions, and a vegetarian lunch. The event is timed to precede the deadline to apply for the 2016-2017 school year is April 25. Register for the info session here.

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farm transition planning for women


Farm Transition Planning for Women: Course Starts March 16 in Plattsburgh, March 17 in Canton, NY.

Plattsburgh, Canton, NY. Cornell Cooperative Extension and the New York Annie’s Project will host the Managing for Today and Tomorrow: Succession, Business, Estate and Retirement Planning for Farm and Ranch Women course starting March 16 in Plattsburgh and March 17 in Canton. Women from any county may attend the programs.

The Plattsburgh course will be held at Cornell Cooperation Extension Clinton County, 6064 Route 22, from 10 am to 2:30 pm on March 16, 23, and 30, and April 6.

The Canton course will be held at the St. Lawrence County Extension Learning Farm, Route 68, from 10 am to 2:30 pm on March 17, 24, and April 7 and 14.

The cost of the course is $100 per person for 15 hours of instruction. Lunch or light supper and course materials are included in the cost. To register, contact Kimberley Morrill at Cornell Cooperative Extension at 603.568.1404,, or register online at

Annie’s Project,, is a nationally recognized educational program now serving more than 12,000 farm women in 33 states. The Managing for Today and Tomorrow curriculum empowers women to be strong farm business managers, to enhance their conservation practices and agricultural sustainability, contribute to rural communities and be a positive influence on family decision making. The course provides participants with tools and resources to help begin the process of farm transitioning to the next generation or owner.

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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!