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Growing Farmers, Food, and Community


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Growing Farmers, Food, and Community


 

we Teach Future farmers

Becoming a successful organic farmer today takes a wide variety of skills…from soil management and seed production to marketing and business planning. At the Organic Farm School, we give aspiring farmers a strong foundation in a broad range of skills so they can achieve their unique farm goals.

 
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Triple Bottom Line


Our philosophy of success on a farm is when profit is generated in financial, social, and ecological forms.

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Triple Bottom Line


Our philosophy of success on a farm is when profit is generated in financial, social, and ecological forms.

The Organic Farm School (OFS) offers a full-time, 8-month, expe­ri­en­tial training pro­gram designed for aspir­ing farm­ers to learn and prac­tice the skills they need to run a small-scale organic farm. Through attend­ing weekly lec­tures, dis­cus­sions, and demon­stra­tions on top­ics includ­ing organic crop and livestock pro­duc­tion, soil sci­ence, busi­ness plan­ning, and direct mar­ket­ing, as well as coop­er­a­tively man­ag­ing the eight-acre student farm, par­tic­i­pants receive a thor­ough edu­ca­tion in organic small farm man­age­ment. Par­tic­i­pants also learn to conduct on-farm research through variety trials and group projects, while bi-weekly field trips to regional farms allow par­tic­i­pants to see a vari­ety of farm­ing styles and talk to expe­ri­enced pro­duc­ers.

Participants are also assisted in cre­ating a per­sonal farm busi­ness plan where their farm goals are explored and built upon. Through man­age­ment of the OFS student farm, par­tic­i­pants develop their prac­ti­cal farm skills includ­ing plan­ning, tillage, green­house prop­a­ga­tion, weed­ing, har­vest­ing, mar­ket­ing, and record keep­ing. Stu­dents also learn how to oper­ate trac­tors, make com­post, man­age the farm’s livestock, and much more. With the skills and knowl­edge gained and a busi­ness plan in hand, pro­gram grad­u­ates know what it will take to start or man­age their own small organic farm.

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OUr Farm


is about people, place, and sustainability.

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OUr Farm


is about people, place, and sustainability.

Production

ECOLOGICALLY FOCUSED;  SMALL-SCALE INTENSIVE

The OFS student farm is where students put their learning into practice. Through co-managing the eight-acre certified organic farm and raising vegetables, seed crops, cover crops, berries, bees, and livestock, the students experience firsthand what it takes to manage a farm using sustainable practices.

Community

CELEBRATING FOOD, FARMS, & SUSTAINABILITY

We value serving, connecting with, and being supported by our local community! Organic Farm School students bring top quality produce to local customers, and they offer praise, gratitude, and support in return. With regular farm tours, potlucks, and celebrations, building a strong community is an important aspect of our farm.

staff

MENTORING ASPIRING FARMERS ONE AT A TIME

Our small staff is focused on providing an individualized experience to each student, supporting their learning goals, and helping them achieve their farming dreams. With years of farming and teaching experience, our staff is able to convey the key skills and strategies that new farmers need to get started.

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Support our future farmers


Help aspiring farmers with limited resources get the training they need to succeed by donating to our scholarship fund.

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Support our future farmers


Help aspiring farmers with limited resources get the training they need to succeed by donating to our scholarship fund.

Each year we receive inquiries and applications from students for whom the cost of attendance is prohibitive. Since we believe every aspiring farmer deserves a chance to reach their goals, every year we offer several scholarships to promising students in need. Please consider supporting these future farmers by donating to our scholarship fund and offering them the opportunity they need to succeed.