Now in its 13th year and recently licensed as a private occupational school by the Massachusetts Division of Professional Licensure, The Farm School’s Learn to Farm program continues to make a great case for tuition-based farmer training, providing extraordinary breath and depth in all aspects of the field and turning out graduates who go on to farm successfully. And now is the time to check the year-long program out for yourself, as they have just announced new scholarships that will ensure all can attend, regardless of means.
Whether you already have some experience in the field - a season or two as a farm apprentice, for example - or are quite new to it, the Learn to Farm program is specifically designed to build each student's confidence and competence in using the tools of the profession. Over the course of the year, a myriad of useful practical skills are introduced and then practiced in the context of a commercial operation that includes a working forest, a 200 member veggie CSA and a 50 member meat CSA. Forestry, animal husbandry, carpentry, mechanics, business planning and marketing join organic vegetable production at the center of the curriculum.
The Farm School reviews applications for its Learn to Farm program from prospective students ages 18 and older on a rolling basis until the program is full. Applications are currently being reviewed for the 2015-2016 year, which starts on October 1, 2015. Once accepted, each student’s financial aid will be determined.