The New Farmer Training Project’s flexible curriculum is geared for both entry-level trainees and more experienced beginning farmers and interns who want to deepen their knowledge of sustainable production practices and the science behind those practices. Trainees can choose to concentrate their studies on the management of vegetables, fruits, livestock, or poultry, or pursue a diversified curriculum. Each trainee will have an individualized Learning Contract, and will be evaluated on the basis of that contract before being awarded a certificate of completion. The April-November curriculum focuses on sustainable production systems and exposes trainees to a variety of successful small farm management models. A separate certificate program will be offered in the winter with a focus on business planning, management and marketing.
Groundswell is committed to the vision of a regionally self-reliant food system that provides good food and economic opportunities for everyone. The New Farmer Training Program seeks to engage trainees from diverse cultural, racial, and economic backgrounds to participate in a supportive, trainee-driven learning environment. Minority, new immigrant and limited-resource trainees are especially encouraged to apply. Tuition for the 2011 Sustainable Farming Certificate Program is just $600, and substantial scholarship support is offered. Most classes will be held evenings and weekends to accommodate folks with job, family or farm responsibilities.
Applications for the New Farmer Training Program are now online. Visit www.groundswellcenter.org to learn more and apply today.
The Groundswell Center for Local Food & Farming is an initiative of the EcoVillage Center for Sustainability Education/Center for Transformative Action. Support for Groundswell comes from individuals and businesses who believe in the importance of strong local food systems, and from the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program of the National Institute for Food and Agriculture-USDA, Grant #2010-49400-21799. For more information, visit www.groundswellcenter.org.
GROUNDSWELL CENTER FOR LOCAL FOOD & FARMING
P.O. Box 6679
Ithaca, NY 14851