Our farm school was born of a need: not enough food is grown locally. Farmers around us are getting older and are not being replaced. Over the last 50 years, there has been an increasing loss of interest in small-scale farming, especially in America. This decay of family farming has many, well documented roots, one being the competition from "industrial agriculture" which pushes food prices (and quality standards) down and monopolizes retail channels. The disappearance of family farming explains in part why food travels thousands of miles to reach us.
But we can fight back and turn the tide. There are ways and reasons to return to small-scale farming and our farm school is as much a place to learn as it is a chance to rediscover the joys of farming. Here are some, but not all, reasons to choose our way of farming for a living:
We are convinced that once aware of its possibilities, some people will choose farming over other, more obvious, career choices.
As our world needs to replenish its stock of new farmers, we are looking for people interested in establishing their own farm in the near future. The program's emphasis is on hands-on field activities and participating to the real-life activities of the farm, including its farmers' market involvement. The school curriculum will also reflect this objective by teaching the tools necessary to start a successful farm from ground zero. Classes cover the cultivation, marketing and financial aspects of running a farm based of our accumulated experience with Foundation Farm and previous farms. Ideally, we try to have a crew of 4 to 6, but that number will vary throughout the season.
If you are interested, please submit your application to us by March 1st.
The 2014 school year starts in March and
lasts most of the growing year till the end of October.
The really dedicated type will want to join for the full term in order to cover the
and 3 growing seasons (Spring, Summer, Fall). Others
will join for shorter periods.
Classes take place at the farm shed. Do not expect a formal classroom, but expect a formal lecture involving notes-taking. Classes happen usually on Mondays, following lunch, and last about one hour. In summer, when the field hours are hot and tough, we discontinue the classes until early fall.
Field instruction takes place at the farm in a very real-life, professional context. Patrice Gros, owner/teacher, will be present throughout the seasons to direct fieldwork.
last modified on: Tuesday October 29, 2013 04:11 PM -0600