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

 

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

Download our 2019 catalog of free farmer training courses in English and Spanish.

On-farm Apprenticeships

Alondra Rivera, apprentice at Sidewalk Ends Farm in 2017.

Apprentices for the 2019 season will train full-time at one of five host farms: City Farm, Moor Food and Red Planet are primarily vegetable growing operations, while Pat’s Pastured and Wild Harmony raise livestock. 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.

USDA, NRCS

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

Apprentices in the on-farm program for 2019 are funded for seven months each season, generally from April through October. For interested candidates, there is also currently the possibility of 18 month managerial apprenticeships with our livestock operations that will run from April 2019 through September 2020. Apprentices work and are paid as 40 hr/wk salaried employees of SCLT with commensurate benefits. Some weekend and evening work is expected, and is balanced by compensatory time off for all full time employees.

For the latest about our Farm Apprenticeship Program, please contact Sebastian at 401-273-9419, ext. 105, or email him at sebastian@southsideclt.org