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Learn more and find application materials at http://www.calypsofarm.org/education/farmer-training-program/.
Program Cost: The total cost of the program is $4,100. This cost includes $700/month for room/board/instruction, $500 materials fee & $100 cleaning deposit. More cost details can be found in the Program Description file above.
Beginning Farmer’s Bonus: Participants who complete the entire program (including their Whole Farm Plan) are eligible for a refund of up to 50% of the program cost (materials fee excluded) at the end of the season.
Group lunches are prepared by staff on week days. Basic food staples, along with some dairy is included in tuition cost, and is stocked in the group kitchen.
• Gain the farm production skills necessary for farming success: building healthy soil, greenhouse growing, irrigation, composting, animal husbandry, field planning, cultivation, harvest, CSA operations, farm infrastructure, farm equipment use, and using your working body safely.
• Weekly Whole Farm Planning sessions lead you through the process of building a comprehensive business plan for a future farm, from choosing land and areas of production to marketing and creating a budget.
• Build creativity and homesteading skills through exposure to green wood carving, birch bark, food preservation, blacksmithing, wool processing, construction, printmaking, and more.
• Have your own special interests? Calypso’s staff will work with you to gear the program to your specific learning goals. Participants will have the opportunity to be involved in Calypso’s farm-based education programs, explore value-added product production, and work with Calypso’s food justice initiatives.
College credit for this program is available through the University of Alaska, Fairbanks.
40-45 hours per week
START A FARM. RUN A HOMESTEAD. BUILD COMMUNITY. Get the skills and hands-on experience you need to make it happen.
Calypso Farm and Ecology Center’s 5 month, residential Farmer Training Program immerses participants in all aspects of farming: production, creativity and business planning.