Duration: Farmshare Austin will offer two 18-week programs annually.
We are currently accepting applicants for our Spring 2018 program. The Spring 2018 program begins January 23rd and runs continuously through May 24th. Students are expected to participate 28 hours per week for a total of 18 weeks.
Students work in the field performing all essential functions of a diversified organic vegetable farm guided by the Farm Manager and Education Manager on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings. Tuesdays and Thursday afternoons are spent in the classroom with the Education Manager learning the science, skills and business aspects of running a farm in support of the hands-on field learning gained in the mornings. Wednesday afternoons are saved for hands on workshops and farm tours of other local farms and agriculture based businesses. Students will also be expected to join Farmshare Staff for one Mobile Market per week to learn the ins and outs of Direct Marketing and Farmers’ Market sales. Students should be prepared to make a full season commitment and participate in all activities for the duration of the program.
Number of students accepted: 8 students will be accepted into each program.
Application: Download an application here.
Application deadline: Applications for the Spring 2018 program are currently open. Deadline to apply is December 15, 2017.
Room & board: Students will be provided with on-farm housing (optional), seasonal produce, and some staple goods for use in the shared kitchen.
Tuition: Tuition is $2,500. Housing for students choosing to live on the farm is an additional $1,500. Need-based scholarships are available for admitted students and students living on the farm may have the opportunity to offset resident fees through work-shares.
The farm: Students will learn and work on a seven acre diversified organic farm that sits on the fertile banks of the Colorado river about 25 minutes from downtown Austin.
Skills desired: Applicants should have a passion for local food production and organic agriculture. A prospective applicant should be prepared to make a commitment to an intensive program, and be punctual, eager, and willing to work hard. Previous farm or garden experience is preferred but not necessary. Students must be available for 8 hour days Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, and 3 hours a week outside of regular class hours to experience the Mobile Market portion of Farmshare Austin’s Food Access initiative. Candidates must demonstrate a strong desire to learn about small scale sustainable agriculture.
Additional considerations: Applicants must be able to commit to a minimum of 30 hours of combined classroom and field work per week. Students must be comfortable and capable of performing strenuous physical work, and possess good physical abilities, with the capability to work long hours of physical labor and tolerate conditions. Students also need to be able to lift up to 50 pounds repeatedly. It would greatly benefit students to have a vehicle, as they will need to provide their own transportation to and from the farm when not in class.
We’re sorry but we cannot accommodate pets at this time.
After your application is received it will be reviewed by the Education Manager who will follow up to schedule an interview and farm tour. If your application is accepted you will have a month to submit a non-refundable deposit and hold your spot in the program.
Contact: Please contact Farmshare Austin with any and all questions about the program at firstname.lastname@example.org