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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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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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wolfe’s neck farm organic dairy incubator: apply today!

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Wolfe’s Neck Farm is now accepting applications for their 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.

Learn more and Apply by visiting:  www.wolfesneckfarm.org/organic-dairy-farmer-research-training-program


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join rogue farm corps

New Farmers Needed. Be one in a million— Join Rogue Farm Corps in 2015!
Applications are now open for positions throughout Oregon.
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FarmsNext is an entire season of hands-on training and skill-based education in sustainable agriculture for aspiring farmers and ranchers. This immersive on-farm experience combines field training with a mentor farmer, classroom learning with agricultural professionals and expert farmers, tours of local farms, and opportunities for farm-based independent study. Positions available on a diverse network of commercial family farms in four communities across Oregon. No experience necessary to apply. More info here.

FarmsNOW is a two-year advanced training program designed for the student who has a solid foundation of farm experience, and the goal of managing a farm operation. This program will propel beginning/intermediate farmers to the next level of planning, designing and running integrated farming systems. FarmsNOW is for those seeking mastery in the art and business of farming. Candidates must have two years, or equivalent, of vegetable production experience. More info here.

Rogue Farm Corps trains the next generation of farmers and ranchers through hands-on educational programs. Our host farms are located in four clusters around Oregon: the Rogue Valley, the Portland Metro Area, the South Willamette Valley, and Central Oregon.

For complete program descriptions, information on our host farms, and applications, visit our website:http://roguefarmcorps.org

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