*2016 Application is Available for the Organic Farmer Training Program at
the Michigan State University Student Organic Farm!*

*Apply now!*

The Organic Farmer Training Program offers nine months of intensive
instruction in year-round organic farming. The program focuses on
diversified production of vegetables, livestock, flowers, fruits, and herbs
for local markets.  Participants manage all aspects of a 15-acre certified
organic farm, including passive solar greenhouses used for year-round
production in cold climates. Participants also manage the Student Organic
Farm's field and hoophouse production, use equipment, create business and
production plans for their future farm businesses, travel around the state
to visit dozens of other farm and food businesses, and engage in direct
marketing of produce. Produce is grown for the farm’s primary markets,
including a 48-week CSA, seven-month on-campus farm stand, and sales to
campus dining services.

Participants develop competencies in farm skills and business planning
through skills trainings, individual advising meetings and engagement in
the daily operation of the farm. Hands-on training is combined with
workshops, lectures, readings and assignments that build participants’
knowledge and understanding of organic farming principles and practices.
The program is designed to give participants a strong background in
production skills, as well as the knowledge, management, and
decision-making skills necessary to operate a diversified small farming

*Scholarships available! *Merit and need-based scholarships are made
possible by funds raised at our annual Hoophouse Gala, sponsored by MSU
Residential and Hospitality Services. We are proud and excited to be able
to offer these scholarships in order to decrease barriers to training for
new and beginning farmers.

*Early Application Deadline*: September 1st. Application fee waived!

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