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.