We grow future farmers - and we invite you to apply!
We believe that organic farming is more than a job – it’s a lifestyle, a mission and a journey all in one. And while it may be one of the more challenging careers to enter, we believe the rewards are worth it.
For 2023, we offer two ways to learn at the Organic Farm School: an all-season commitment and 4-week intensive sessions.
The Organic Farm School works to prepare you for success, instilling a holistic perspective on what it takes to successfully start and manage a small-scale (5-20 acre) commercial organic farm from the field tasks of tillage, planting and harvesting to the office tasks of crop planning, marketing and financial management. While we know that not every graduate will choose to work at this scale, understanding this spectrum of tasks that farmers engage in helps our students get a jumpstart on both clarifying and realizing their farming dreams. Currently, we offer two ways to access training: our Core Program, which is a full year course that includes classroom and field training as well as business planning session; or a 4-week experience that can taken once or repeated up to 5 times during the summer season. The latter is focused on field training.
In the Core Program (year ‘round), students learn through working on and managing the OFS Student Farm. The Farm produces a wide range of organic vegetables, seed crops, cover crops and livestock that are then offered to the community through a CSA program, farmers market, local grocers and more. Participants take part in classes and discussions on the production, business, ecological, and social concepts that lie behind the practical work. These include classroom instruction, facilitated field walks, in-field demonstrations, and field trips.
4-week sessions provide participants the opportunity to experience the work flow of an annual vegetable production farm on a short term basis. You can apply for one to five sessions per year (May, June, July, August, September). Training includes field demonstrations, experiential learning and field trips, but not classes or business planning sessions.
For 2023, our Core Program will run from January - December. Applications will be accepted until the class of 2023 is full. Space is limited, and successful candidates will be announced within two weeks of interview.
4-week sessions will run in May, June, July, August, and September. Space is also limited for these. Please identify in your application which month(s) you are interested in.
Core Program participants for the 2023 season will receive a $750/month stipend and $3,000 upon successful completion of the year. Housing options are available and will be arranged as we know more about the students accepted for the year. Full-year participants will be expected to fully engage in the day-to-day work of farm production as a way to offset the cost of their training. This means that the days aren’t always 8-5 and that everyone pitches in to get the work done. We expect you to be an active learner as you engage as part of our farm team.
Because it takes more staff time to orient and supervise 4-week session participants, tuition for these sessions is $700/session. Space is limited, as are housing options, so be sure to apply early for these.
We often are contacted by aspiring farmers for whom tuition is prohibitive, and we are fortunate to be able to offer several need-based scholarships. Applicants in need of a scholarship must successfully go through the school application process before receiving the scholarship application. Please contact us if you have any questions!
Please note: accomplishing farm work is a physical activity that requires participants to be physically active and outdoors on a daily basis. Before applying, please consider your ability to perform this level of activity.
Learn more & apply here: https://organicfarmschool.org/program-details