free summer farmer training

Weekends (Sat & Sun)  -  June & July 2022

This program is underway!

Stay tuned for future programs.


Solidarity Farm in collaboration with Foodshed and NRCS presents the 2022 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, 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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Who is this for?

Community members in San Diego are welcome to apply (youth 18+), and we'd love to especially extend the invite to BIPOC, women, LGTBQ2S+, and socially disadvantaged community members to join us.

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.

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

Application Timeline:
Application period is now closed, thanks so much to everyone interested in this training, stay tuned for future opportunities in the fall season 2022 and spring 2023!

program details

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  • Weekend 1 @ Solidarity Farm 

    • Sat June 4th (4pm-8pm) / Sun June 5th (6:30am-11:30 am)

      • Theme: Introduction to Regenerative Farming - Planting the seeds

  • Weekend 2 . @ Solidarity Farm

    • Sat June 11th (4pm-8pm) / Sun June 12th (6:30am-11:30 am)

      • Theme: Soil Health, Pests and Disease

  • Weekend 3 . Off Site Field Trip

    • Sat June 18th . 8 am - 4pm

      • Theme: Marketing, Sales and Speciality Crops

  • Weekend 4 . @ Solidarity Farm 

    • Sat June 25th (4pm-8pm) / Sun June 26th (6:30am-11:30 am)

      • Theme: Climate Adaptation and Season Extension

  • Weekend 5 . Off Site Field Trip

    • Sat July 2nd . 8 am - 4pm

  • Weekend 6 . @ Solidarity Farm 

    • Sat July 9th (4pm-8pm) / Sun July 10th (6:30am-11:30 am)

      • Theme: Starting Your Farm

Class meets at Solidarity Farm in Pauma Valley (North County San Diego) on Saturdays at 4:00PM, camping available for those that would like to stay overnight for a good old early morning Sunday starting time at 6:30AM. Group Dinner and breakfast provided.

Two Offsite Field Trips are scheduled on Saturdays from 8AM to 4PM.

Additional considerations:

  • 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 a variety of conditions.

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

  • Children are welcome but must be under adult supervision at all times so participants can be fully engaged with the class.

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

What to bring:

  • Camping gear for overnights

  • Sun protection: hat, long sleeves, sunscreen

  • Water bottle, snacks (you can refill water at the farm)

  • Close-toed shoes, farm work clothes

Where is the farm located?