Duration: Farmshare Austin will offer two 18-week programs annually.
We are currently accepting applicants for our Fall 2017 program. The Fall 2017 program begins August 21st, and runs continuously through December 21st, 2017. Students are expected to participate 25 hours per week for a total of 18 weeks.
Students attend classroom sessions on Tuesday and Thursday. Field time is a minimum of 12 hours per week per student and can be divided up throughout the week according to students’ other commitments. 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: 6 students will be accepted into each program.
Application: Download an application here.
Application deadline: Applications for the Fall 2017 program are currently open.
Room & board: Students will be provided with on-farm housing (optional), seasonal produce, and some staple goods for use in the shared kitchen.
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 a five month 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 a minimum of eight hours of class on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons and twelve hours of field experience per week. 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 25 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.
Tuition: Please contact us about tuition and potential scholarship opportunities.
Contact: Please contact Farmshare Austin with any and all questions about the program at email@example.com