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Openings in the 2015 Farmer Training Program

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Are you interested in becoming a small scale organic farmer? Are you currently farming but want more training to grow year round? AFSC has openings in the year long, farmer to farmer training program in Espanola, NM.

Training is led by experienced organic farmers Don Bustos, Patrick Jaramillo, and Charles Talachy using a hands-on approach, 3 days/week.

Details about Training:
Trainings take place at the farm at Northern NM College !Sostenga! site with field trips to area small organic farms.

Training includes: farm planning, business planning, season extension, fertility and soil health, maintenance of equipment and usage, planting and harvesting techniques, organic pest management, marketing, and an emphasis on network development/aggregation of food.

All training is free. Admissions to approved conferences are paid for.

 

Work/Experience Desired: Should have enthusiasm for organic farming, and must be able to take on the physically challenging schedule and tasks of the farming season. Farmer trainee is involved in all aspects of food production, distribution, and record-keeping. Duties involve coldframe work, bed preparation, seeding and transplanting, weed control, insect and disease control, soil management, irrigation activities, harvesting, post harvest handling, and marketing. . This position works closely with the Farm Manager and is supervised by AFSC.

 

Time Commitment: In general, training is Mon/Wed/Fri every week for 6 hrs/day. Starts in mid-January 2015 and ends in mid-December 2015.

 

Stipend: Trainees are paid a monthly stipend.

 

If you are interested in applying for the training program, contact AFSC at: 505-842-7343 or mbrazil@afsc.org