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Organic Farming 101:  A Certificate Class designed for students who plan seriously to become organic farmers as a career goal or work with organic farmers in the alternative farming-and-food associations. In Session-Two students will advance to the knowledge and managerial skills needed to run an organically certified farm in the autumn and early winter.

FULL COURSE DESCRIPTION

APPLICATION FORM

Session-Two a 1.5-month course which introduces students to management level skills

in running a fall/winter Organically Certified farm; includes Room and

‘Partial Board’.

Prerequisite:  Session One Organic Farming 101 or equivalent experience and training

When: Sept. 13-Oct. 30, Orientation Sunday, Sept. 13 required.

Where: Amador Hill Farm and Orchard, 15715 River Road, North Branch, MN 55056

Tuition: Inclusive Tuition for Session One and Two $3000; new students Session Two $1000.

Organic Farming 101 Session One is a prerequisite for Organic Farming Session Two. In Session-Two students will advance to the knowledge and managerial skills needed to run an organically certified farm in the autumn and early winter. This will include management and field responsibilities for fall harvesting and marketing, winterization of the farm, winter farming start up, and 2020 farm review for next year’s farm plan. This will complete the 2020 season. Graduates of the complete program will be awarded WEI’s Organic Farming Certificate of Completion and WEI will provide extensive letters of recommendation as requested by our graduating students for your future plans. We will stay connected and supportive as you move forward. For more information, read Introduction to Organic Farming 101 found attached to the application form or by request from jz@w-e-i.org.

 

Application Form: Note: you must apply to be accepted into Organic Farming 101. Only if you are accepted into the program will you have the opportunity to register and take care of tuition costs.

FULL COURSE DESCRIPTION

APPLICATION FORM

Questions:  Contact Organic Farming 101 Coordinator Jacquelyn Zita at jz@w-e-i.org

For more information, read Introduction to Organic Farming 101 found attached to the application form or by request from jz@w-e-i.org.

 

ABOUT SESSION-ONE

Session-One is a 3.5-month certificate course that introduces students to all basic systems
and principles in running an Organically Certified farm; includes Room and ‘Partial’ Board’.

Where:  Amador Hill Farm and Orchard, 15715 River Road, North Branch, MN 55056

When:   May 16-August 28, Orientation weekend (May 16-17) required.

Tuition: $2,500

In 2020, Organic Farming 101 has two sessions. Session-One runs from mid-May to the end of August. Session Two runs from mid-September until the end of October.  In Session One all the basics in organic farming are covered and put into daily farming practices. Over the course of several months of study and training, students will learn about different aspects of growing crops organically with hands-on work at the garden scale and the tractor-cultivated work at the field scale.  Students will also become familiar with different kinds of farm plans:  growing for a small CSA, for farm stands/farmers market and for wholesale and/or restaurants.  Successful graduates from Session One will be eligible to continue with Session Two which starts in early September. In Session-Two students will advance to the knowledge and managerial skills needed to run an organically certified farm in the autumn and early winter. This will include management and field responsibilities for fall harvesting and marketing, winterization of the farm, winter farming startup, and 2020 farm review for next year’s farm plan. This will complete the 2020 season. Graduating students will be awarded WEI’s Organic Farming Certificate of Completion and WEI will provide extensive letters of recommendation as requested by our graduating students for your future plans. We will stay connected with you and provide support as you move forward.  Session One is a prerequisite for Session Two. For students completing only Session One, a Certificate in Beginning Organic Farming will be awarded to graduates of the program.  For more information, read Introduction to Organic Farming 101 found attached to the application form or by request from jz@w-e-i.org.