Farmshare Austin – We Grow Farmers!
Farmshare Austin’s Farmer Starter program is designed to provide aspiring farmers with the essential skills and training needed to manage a sustainable farming business.
Using a blend of hands-on, in-field training and formal classroom education, students gain practical knowledge and experience in organic and sustainable growing methods, as well as learn the business and financial planning skills necessary to establish a successful market farm. Students work on a seven acre organic farm in an intensive four and a half month immersion learning experience. Students receive extensive in-field training in organic vegetable production with mentorship from experienced staff, and work cooperatively to supply produce for programs that improve access to healthy, local food in our community, including our own Mobile Market program. Students are exposed to all aspects of a working farm and develop in-depth skills through this seasonal program. Daily activities include bed preparation, planting, weeding, irrigation, harvest and packing.
Students also receive 160 hours of formal educational time and 72 hours of workshops and tours of local production farms. Students participate in bi-weekly classes, along with farm walks, discussions, workshops, and frequent visits to local area farms with opportunities to work with and learn from local farming veterans and other experts in the professional agriculture community. Students benefit from individual attention, small class size, and evaluations for educational and training goals.
In addition to classroom hours, the course includes 12 hours per week of instructor-supervised field experience for each student. These field hours are crucial in providing students the opportunity to combine what they learn in the classroom with real practice that leads to confident farmers.
Students receive practical skills training in areas including:
- Organic vegetable production
- CSA distribution and management
- Greenhouse management and propagation
- Business planning
- Equipment use & maintenance
- Holistic farm planning
We are seeking vibrant, enthusiastic candidates who are committed to participating in an intensive 18 week training program in organic vegetable production. Applicants should have a passion for sustainable agriculture and be prepared to immerse 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 tuition information and more program specifics, continue reading here: Farmer Starter-Becoming a Student!