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Calypso’s Farmer Training Program is an intensive experiential education program focused on providing the skills, inspiration and experience necessary for participants to embark on starting their own small farm with confidence.

 2018 Farmer Training Program – Apply Today!

– May 7th to September 29th, 2018 – 

Description & Application

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The Farmer Training Program immerses participants in all aspects of farming:      production, creativity and business planning.

  • Gain the farm production skills necessary for farming success: building healthy soil, greenhouse growing, irrigation, composting, animal husbandry, field planning, cultivation, harvest, CSA operations, farm infrastructure, farm equipment use, and using your working body safely.


  • Weekly Whole Farm Planning sessions lead you through the process of building a comprehensive business plan for a future farm, from choosing land and areas of production to marketing and creating a budget. 


  • Build creativity and homesteading skills through exposure to green wood carving, birch bark, food preservation, blacksmithing, wool processing, construction, printmaking, and more.


  • Have your own special interests? Calypso’s staff will work with you to gear the program to your specific learning goals.  Participants will have the opportunity to be involved in Calypso’s farm-based education programs, explore value-added product production, and work with Calypso’s food justice initiatives. 


Program Cost: The total cost of the program is $4,000. This cost includes $700/month for room/board/instruction, $500 materials fee. More cost details can be found in the Program Description file above. 

Beginning Farmer’s Bonus: Participants who complete the entire program (including their Whole Farm Plan) are eligible for a refund of up to 50% of the program cost (materials fee excluded) at the end of the season.  

College credit for this program is available through the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. 

LEARN MORE by clicking on the Program Description & Application above!

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