Washington – Organic Farm School seeking Students

Whidbey Island, Washington

Apply now for the 2018 Organic Farm School beginning-farmer training program.

Start your career in organic farming!

Learn the essentials of how to start and run a small-scale organic farm by becoming a student at the Organic Farm School (OFS) on Whidbey Island, WA. The OFS offers a full-time, 8-month, expe­ri­en­tial training pro­gram that gives you a practical and comprehensive education in small-scale organic farming.

Guided by our experienced farmer-instructors, students learn and experience farming through hands-on management of the 10-acre student farm plus regular farm observation walks, classroom studies and field trips to regional farms. The curriculum is designed for aspir­ing farm­ers who envision themselves owning and/or managing a small organic farm in the future with classroom studies focused on organic crop and livestock pro­duc­tion, busi­ness plan­ning, and direct mar­ket­ing.

On our certified organic farm, students grow vegetables, seed crops and cover-crops as well as pastured poultry, sheep and pigs. Students then sell farm products to the community through a CSA program, a farmer’s market, local grocers and a weekly farm stand. Students are involved in all aspects of the farm from prepping the field with tractors to selling produce at farmers market to managing the greenhouse. Students learn a wide range of practical skills including basic mechanics and carpentry, how to use small and large equipment, green­house prop­a­ga­tion, and of course planting, weed­ing, har­vest­ing, mar­ket­ing, record keep­ing and much more.

Students are also coached on how to manage the farm as a small business and create a per­sonal farm busi­ness plan where their farm dreams are explored and evaluated and a plan is created. With the skills and knowl­edge gained and a busi­ness plan in hand, pro­gram grad­u­ates know what it takes to start or man­age their own small organic farm.

Apply now for our 2018 class and start your new career in organic farming!

Visit our website at https://organicfarmschool.org/ to learn more and apply.

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