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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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northern ny: 4 week management course for farm women

The Cornell Cooperative Extension associations of northern New York are looking for mothers and daughters, daughter-in-laws, and female farm managers and owners interested in ways to better manage agricultural businesses today, successfully retire, and pass a profitable farm business on to a child or the next owner.

The 4-week, 15-hour Managing for Today and Tomorrow training course to be offered at different sites in northern NY is part of the nationwide Annie’s Project, an educational program dedicated to strengthening the role of women in the modern farm enterprise.

The Jefferson-Lewis County edition of the 4-week course will be held at the Farm Credit East office, 25417 NY Route 12, Burrville, from 10am to 2pm on January 27 and February 10, 17 and 24.

The Clinton-Essex County edition of the 4-week course will be held at the Cornell Cooperative Extension office, 3 Sisco Street, Westport, from 10am to 2pm on January 27 and February 11, 18 and 25.

The $100 course fee includes lunch and materials. Women from any county may attend the programs.

To register or for more information on the Burrville site, contact: CCE Farm Business Management Educator Peggy Murray, 315.376.5270, mlm40@cornell.edu. To register or for more information on the Westport site, contact: CCE Essex County Executive Director Anita Deming, 518.962.4810, ald6@cornell.edu.


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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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enroll in farm school for august 2015!

Innovative New Farm School Prepares Students to Feed People and our Planet

A new farm school grows up in Sebastopol, CA, preparing a new generation of farmers to grow food in the face of changing climate, mounting challenges for family farmers, and a growing public desire for more sustainable ways to feed our world.


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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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apply now grange farm school fall term

IMG_1234As you may remember from our previous blog post, the Grange Farm School in Mendocino County, CA is a 3-month residential farmer training program that combines classroom instruction with experiential education. The program is halfway through its first term, and the fall session– starts September 1st.

The Grange School curriculum focuses on holistic crop and livestock production, and their three-month terms are oriented towards aspiring farmers. They, “recognize the immediate the need to train farmers to support themselves with economically viable farm operations balanced with our focus on production and distribution methods which emphasize long term environmental responsibility”– and we couldn’t agree more!

The Fall term is $2,000, which includes concurrent enrollment in Mendocino college and credit through the college. The fall curriculum will include everything from plant propagation to composting; raising chickens for eggs and meat to marketing and business skills; harvesting; processing and marketing produce, grains, and orchard fruit; cover cropping; seed saving; and pasture development. The program will also “give students the opportunity to guide the farm through its first months of growth, maintain a succession of diversified livestock for meat and eggs, work with urban gardeners in nearby Ukiah, and build the foundations for this community centered non-profit.”

Read more on their website and facebook page! Instructions for applying are here. The deadline for application is July 25th.

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