beginning farmers

Source: Sustainable Agriculture Education and Training Directory

"The goal of these educational opportunities is to provide beginning and existing farmers with the planning and decision-making tools, production skills, and support necessary to develop a sustainable farm or food business."

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"The vision of the Cultivating Success program is to increase producer and consumer understanding, value, and support of sustainable local farming systems in Idaho through educational and experiential opportunities."

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The Farmer Training Program is a 6-month intensive program for aspiring farmers and food systems advocates that provides a hands-on, skill-based education in sustainable agriculture, organic crop production, marketing, farm business management, and more. Participants manage their own growing site, take classes from professors and expert farmers, and rotate as workers and learners on successful, diverse farms in the Burlington area.

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The program offers classes that focus on skills needed to run a local farm, annual workshops and educational events. The on-farm apprenticeship program focuses on sustainable, small and mid-scale production. Growing Growers is a collaborative effort between the Kansas State University Research and Extension, University of Missouri Extension, Lincoln University, Kansas Food Circle, Kansas Rural Center, Cultivate Kansas City, and the Kansas Rural Center.

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The program offers classes that focus on skills needed to run a local farm, annual workshops and educational events. The on-farm apprenticeship program focuses on sustainable, small and mid-scale production. Growing Growers is a collaborative effort between the Kansas State University Research and Extension, University of Missouri Extension, Lincoln University, Kansas Food Circle, Kansas Rural Center, Cultivate Kansas City, and the Kansas Rural Center.

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This intensive three-day course offers practical guidance on setting up and running an apple orchard business. The school includes guidance on both IPM and organic production methods as well as variety and root stock selection, planting schemes, pruning, marketing options, and economic considerations. Taught by experienced growers.

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The school emphasizes organic production methods and direct marketing. Its intensive three-day course provides a "realistic picture of what it takes to run a successful small-scale produce operation." Topics covered include: business and marketing, soil fertility, crop production, pest and disease management, equipment and labor needs.

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The school offers a pasture-based dairy and livestock seminar within the UW-Madison Farm and Industry Short Course, or via facilitated distance education classrooms throughout Wisconsin. Training is conducted through traditional classroom activities, hands-on internships, and farm tours of pasture-based farms managed by successful graduates and mentors. The program emphasizes business and financial planning knowledge required to run a successful farm business.

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"The Certificate in Organic Agriculture is an 18-credit undergraduate program that can be taken along with a major in another field, or as a stand-alone educational experience." The interdisciplinary certificate combines coursework from several departments in the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resources Sciences (CAHNRS).

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