Are you seeking hands on experience with sustainable, community driven agriculture?
At the School of Adaptive Agriculture, students are immersed in a residential training program that equips the current and next generation of farmers with essential skills in the science, art and business of food production. This 12 week program combines experiential learning while living and working side-by-side with other farmers on a beautiful 5,000 acre working ranch in Mendocino County, California with classroom based learning in order to send students off with a comprehensive vocabulary, skill set, and understanding of the foundations of small scale agriculture. Over 25 field trips and 12 guest instructors participate in this unique learning experience, giving students a well-rounded education that helps launch them into their career in the food system.
“Attending the Grange Farm School was the defining moment in my educational career,” after which “I knew what I wanted to be doing with my life.” - graduate Matt Gal (Matt returned home to St. Louis and started his own small, highly diversified organic vegetable operation).
To learn more about our program please visit our website: www.adaptiveagriculture.org. Please note that applications for our Summer term are due Friday, June 8th.
The School of Adaptive Agriculture is looking for a special kind of student. Someone who:
• Thinks holistically
• Sees the importance of thoughtful questions
• Is innovative, driven, and collaborative
• Wants to be part of the new face of agriculture and help transform our world for the better.
The school is unique in all that it has to offer. Based on a historic ranch in rural Mendocino County, the school campus includes a 1920s school house, library, outdoor kitchen, bathhouse, dining area, composting toilet, and workshop.
- Students live in private 10X12” canvas wall tents equipped with solar power and fully furnished.
- Two showers with hot water are available after a long day working and learning, in addition to onsite laundry facilities.
- 5 days a week students cook meals together in an outdoor kitchen stocked with staples and farm fresh produce, meat and eggs (provided by the school).
- Despite the rustic setting, wifi is available on the main campus 24/7
Students must be 18 or over, no previous farming experience is necessary. This program is designed to teach the "whole farmer" in the basics of a successful farm or ranch operation.
This program is for adults who have decided to enter the food system. They may not know what their role will be yet. But they want to be among the million new farmers, ranchers, and small businesses leaders this country needs in order to transform agriculture through creative, sustainable and profitable enterprises.
The School of Adaptive Agriculture is part of the movement to make that happen. This is a unique, residential intensive program where students get true hands-on experience with vegetable, grain, fruit, and livestock production. Students spend extensive time in the field, attending lectures and discussion, readings and field trips so that students are exposed to a wide range of scales, forms of production, theories, and vocabulary. Students are given a broad spectrum of agricultural learning that equips them with the background, vocabulary and context for the next steps in their agricultural careers. They will also leave with hands-on practical experience and a framework for creative decision making and communication skills.
Admission is competitive and a completed application is important in the decision process. A completed application includes a resume, cover letter, complete contact and application term information, and thoughtful answers to the application questions. If you are requesting financial aid, submit a brief letter describing your financial situation, and the amount of support for which you would like to be considered. Applications are available online at www.school-of-adaptive-agriculture.org/program/application.
Next steps – If the committee is interested in your application we will contact you to schedule an interview. After the interview, you will be notified by the committee whether you were accepted into the program. If you are accepted into the program a $400.00 deposit will be required to secure your spot in the term of your preference. Scholarships awards will be announced the week following acceptance decisions.
Summer Term 2018 – Important Dates
- Term runs: August 6th – October 26th 2018
- Applications due: Friday, June 8th
- Acceptance decisions: Friday, June 22nd
- Scholarship awarded by: Friday, June 29th
- Deposit due: Friday, July 6th
- Remaining fees due: Friday, July 20th
- Move in: Sunday, August 5th
- First day of class: Monday, August 6th
- Last day of class: Friday, October 26th