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Organic Farming 101 Certificate Program

College Level Education program

Learn about the year-long practice of running and operating an organically certified farm. This 6 or 8 week program is available as an entire series to anyone interested in learning about organic farming. The WEI Organic Farming Certificate option is available to students who would like to pursue a more intensive course of study which requires a final exam.  Select one of three sessions offered in 2019. 

Registration: $250 per session

Start date: Session Three September 3  (8 weeks)   

Class Schedule:  class meets Tuesday evenings (6:00 p.m.) at WEI’s Amador Hill Farm followed by weekly field work practicum 3 days/week x 6 weeks (Wed, Thurs and Fri 8:00-4:00)

Instructors:  Jacquelyn N. Zita, WEI Farm Manager and Education Director, and Production and Field Managers Shoua Lee and Melissa King

Location:  WEI’s Amador Hill Farm and Orchard, 15715 River Road, North Branch (Amador Township), Minnesota, 55056. 

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Organic Farming Certificate Program:   learn about the year-long practice of running and operating an organically certified farm.

This 6 or 8 week program is available as an entire series to anyone interested in learning about organic farming. The WEI Organic Farming Certificate option is available to students who would like to pursue a more intensive course of study which requires a final exam.  You can register for one or more of the sessions.

Requirements for Organic Farming Certificate and Letter of Achievement: complete a minimum of 6 weeks of study and training in Organic Farming at WEI’s Amador Hill Farm.  For an additional $50 (instructor grading time and exit interview), you can request a customized final exam to verify what you have learned and skills you have acquired. If you pass your exam, you will receive WEI’s Organic Farming Certificate and Letter of Achievementwhich will verify what you have learned, what skills you have acquired, evaluation of your work ethic and aptitude for learning and any special assets you bring to organic farming or the future of alternative food movements.  These documents may be used for future employment, school applications, transfer of credit or as a résumé feature. WEI will try to help you make these articulations.

Benefits:Student benefits include the education component of Organic Farming 101 course, readings and in-class discussion, on-the-field guided instruction and skill building, endurance training for farming, overnight residency at the farm (Tues-Thursday free of charge), and extra produce from the farm for self-made meals, WEI T-shirt

 

Organic Farming 101  Class Schedule and Content

There are three sessions to choose from, read the curriculuar components for each session below:  

Curricular Components of ORGANIC FARMING 101 for the Tuesday evening classes

                        Session One, Six Weeks, start date June 4                                

                        Session Two, Six Weeks, start date July 16                              

                        Session Three, Eight Weeks, start date September 3              

Summer Session One Topics

  •            Orientation to WEI with Executive Director
  •            Organic Farming: Why do it this way?  Models for organic farming.  The WEI Model
  •             Introduction to the WEI farm – farm tour and history and WEI values
  •              Principles and Practices of Organic Farming
  •             Farm Check lists, protocols, record keeping, and management principles
  •            The 2018 Farm Plan
  •            First Step: Chicken and vermiculture care.
  •            Organic Weeding. Pest and Soil Management
  •            Food Handling and SOPs – GAP proficiencies and Leaning the Farm                    
  •             Introduction to Aquaponics 101
  •             Introduction to Compost 101
  •             Flower and Herb Gardening
  •             What is Organic Certification
  •             Organic Farming Theory and Practice: Can Organics Feed the World?
  •             [Farmers Market Experience/Organic Certification Training]

Summer Session Two Topics

  •            Orientation to WEI with Executive Director; Chicken care.
  •             Farming: Why do it this way?  Models for organic farming.  The WEI Model.
  •             Introduction to the WEI farm – farm tour and history and WEI values
  •              Principles and Practices of Organic Farming and Orchard Care
  •              Farm Check lists, protocols, record keeping, and management principles
  •              The 2018 Farm Plan
  •              First Step: Chicken and vermiculture care.
  •             Food Handling and SOPs – GAP proficiencies and Leaning the Farm        
  •             Organic IPM Pest management
  •             Succession planting and bed-making
  •             Flower and Herb Gardening
  •             Cover cropping and winterization 
  •             What is Organic Certification
  •            Introduction to Winter Farming and Aquaponics
  •             Seed Saving 101
  •            Organic Farming Theory and Practice: Can Organics Feed the World?
  •            [Farmers Market Experience/Organic Certification Training]

Session Three Topics:

  •            Orientation to WEI with Executive Director
  •             Farming: Why do it this way?  Models for organic farming.  The WEI Model.
  •             Introduction to the WEI farm – farm tour and history and WEI values
  •             Principles and Techniques of Organic Farming and Orchard Care
  •             Check lists, protocols, record keeping and management principles
  •             The 2018 Farm Plan
  •              First Step: Chicken and vermiculture care.
  •             Food Handling and SOPs – GAP proficiencies and Leaning the Farm        
  •             Fall and Winter Produce and Production
  •             Winterizing the Farm, herb and flower gardens
  •             Winterizing the orchard floor and farm fields
  •             Introduction to Winter Farming and Aquaponics  
  •             Seed Saving, Drying Herbs and Dehydrating Apples
  •             Harvesting the Apples
  •             Organic Farming Theory and Practice: Can Organics Feed the World?
  •             [Farmers Market Experience/Organic Certification Training]

 

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