Beginning farmers learn about bio-intensive growing practices in use at City Farm.

Learn all aspects of farming and managing a farm business

We invite both beginning vegetable and livestock farmers to participate in our workshops and hands-on training and technical assistance.

Participating farmers become eligible to lease available SCLT land and to sell through SCLT market channels.

SCLT offers the following workshops:

  • growing for market
  • hands-on farmers market operations
  • preparing product for aggregation
  • financial tracking
  • building soil health
  • accessing USDA programs
  • on-farm technical assistance

 

USDA, NRCS, farmer training

Information about resources available from the USDA National Resources Conservation Service will be shared at each workshop.

Download our 2018 Farmer Training Catalog to see all of our free courses, or go to our Events page to see about upcoming opportunities.

Spend the growing season on one of four local farms

Alondra Rivera, apprentice at Sidewalk Ends Farm in 2017.

Apprentices train full-time at one of four host farms: City Farm, Foggy Notion Farm, Pat’s Pastured and Sidewalk Ends Farm. The apprentice program combines in-depth farm skills from farm mentors with tours, classes and network-building opportunities. Apprentices complete the program with not only technical skills, but a broader understanding of farm conditions and connections to resources needed to begin a farming career. They develop an education plan with their host farmers and participate in SCLT’s beginning farmer training program.

Apprentices also make connections with local agencies and businesses to help them grow their networks in the farming community, including meeting USDA staff and extension specialists.

The on-farm program lasts six months, from April through September. (The specific schedule is set by the host farmer.) Some of the required workshops will begin in March. Apprentices are paid a monthly stipend.

For the latest information about our Farm Apprenticeship program, please contact Maggie at 401-273-9419, ext. 104, or e-mail her at maggie@southsideclt.org