Farmer Training Workshops

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

Hands-on training and technical assistance is designed for both beginning vegetable and livestock farmers.

Topics include:

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

 

As a participating farmer, you will be eligible to lease SCLT land (depending on availability) and to sell through our market channels.

On-farm Apprenticeships

Alondra Rivera, apprentice at Sidewalk Ends Farm in 2017.

Apprentices train full-time at one of five RI host farms in SCLT’s network. The program combines in-depth training with farmer-mentors, combined 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 become a successful farmer in RI. As an apprentice, you will meet with local agencies and businesses to help grow your network in the farming community, including USDA staff and URI extension specialists. You will create an education plan with your host farmer and participate in SCLT’s beginning farmer training program.

USDA, NRCS

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

Apprenticeships are funded for the entire growing season, generally from April through October, with the possibility of 18-month positions. You will be paid as a full-time, salaried employee of SCLT with commensurate benefits. Some weekend and evening work is expected, and is balanced by compensatory time off.

For more information about our Farm Apprenticeship Program, please contact Chandelle at 401-273-9419, or e-mail her at chandelle@southsideclt.org

 

 

 

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