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Growing Farmers, Food, and Community


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Growing Farmers, Food, and Community


We are working on changes to this website this week. If you have any trouble finding info that you need, email us.

 

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.

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 ten-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 frequent 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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Support our future farmers


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

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.