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2023 FREE Summer Farmer Training

Weekends (Sat & Sun)  -  June 2023

thanks to all applicants! applications period is now close

Solidarity Farm in collaboration with Foodshed and NRCS presents the 2023 FREE Summer Farmer Training, an engaging training program in regenerative farming. 

Now, more than ever, the world is witnessing a shift in the trajectory of food production systems. We would like to empower the next generation of farmers to be a part of the regenerative movement!

The Summer Training Program is designed for local aspiring and intermediate farmers that would like to gain basic skills in regenerative farming in a cooperative and supportive environment.

By the end of the program, you will have the knowledge to grow your own food free of chemicals and pesticides, integrate regenerative methods that sequester carbon and build healthy soil, practice farming as a climate solution, and a toolkit to begin a small commercial farm operation. 

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Program Dates:
The class will meet in person during 4 consecutive weekends (Sat and Sundays)  from June 3rd until June 25th.
Overnight campouts are available at the hosting farm.

Application Timeline:
The application period closed on May 26th.


The number of participants will be limited, selected applicants will be notified via email by Monday May 28th
Orientation meeting via Zoom - Wednesday, May 31st, 2023. 

Classes: (Sat & Sun)

  • June 3-4

  • June 10-11

  • June 17-18

  • June 24-25

What’s included? 

  • Intro to Farming curriculum

  • 4 weekends of participatory hands-on sessions

  • Campout Saturday evening & Dinner at Solidarity Farm

  • Field trip and FOODSHED Coop Farm Hub site visit

Program cost:  Enrollment for this program is FREE of charge 

Program Description:
The program brings together training in topics such as soil health, regenerative farming practices, and farm biz planning with a lens on agriculture as a natural climate solution and resilience in our food system. 

  • Our approach to diversified, small-scale farming: Why is it a good time to start farming Now?

  • How to set up farm beds: tools involved, compost, and amendments

  • When to plant or direct seed and the tools involved.

  • Understanding soil: Exploring the different soils in the farm and your potential scenario 

  • Irrigation: understanding what types and why (drip, aerial, micro sprinklers, etc)

  • Weeding and cultivating: setting your crops for success!

  • Pest control and trapping: strategies to protect your hard work

  • Pre-harvest, harvest, and post-harvest: understanding efficiency at the wash station

  • Crop Planning and record keeping 101: Tying it into your farm budget/farm business

  • Local Food System: Learn about Foodshed and the role it plays in our community

Who is this for?
Skills desired:

  • Applicants should have a passion for local food production, carbon farming, and regenerative agriculture.

  • Previous farm or garden experience is preferred but not necessary.

  • Candidates must demonstrate a strong desire to learn about small-scale, climate-smart agriculture.

Additional considerations:

  • Students must be +18 years old

  • Students should be prepared to make a commitment and participate in all activities for the duration of the program.

  • Students must be comfortable and capable of performing strenuous physical work in various conditions.

  • Students provide their own transportation to and from the farm and on field trips.

  • We’re sorry but we cannot accommodate pets at this time.

  • The program is generally delivered in English, y tambien se habla español!

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