Although hands-on experience is essential in farming, study is also important. Our program is framed by a series of informal classes designed to introduce major topics and resources for exploration. The level of engagement of these subjects is entirely up to the student. Classes are broken up by monthly field trips to a wide array of local farms that demonstrate the diversity within alternative agriculture. The season culminates is each apprentice’s presentation of their “Faux Farm” a project presented to the group for review, designed to integrate the year’s learning and direct you to your next step in training.
Informal classes come with an outline and recommended readings found in our library. Given the limits of time and focus, discussions are designed to introduce these topics as a springboard for students further research since most subjects involve a lifetime of study. We hope that apprentices finish with a good framework and continue to delve into the subject matter as the need and interest arises.
- Community Supported Agriculture
- Considerations in Plant Cultivation
- Marketing Options
- Greenhouse & Plant Propagation
- Small Scale Farm/Project Design
- The Health & Balance of Soils
- Weed Management
- Organic Insect & Disease Control
- Cover Crops
- The Business & Recordkeeping of Farming
Our region is incredibly rich in local farms and garden projects that demonstrate the wide array of possibilities new farmers have when they consider their own path. Our apprentices report being very inspired by these outings. On many field trips, apprentices work a short period for the host, and receive a guided tour from the farmers whose area of specialty is invaluable to learning. Destinations include orchards, new small farms, long time large operations, livestock stewards, garden projects that promote social justice, and many other unique and creative endeavors that help ap-prentices see the potential in how they employ their newfound skills and personal interests in the future.