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 28th, 2018 – 


Description & Application

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The Farmer Training Program equips participants to become self-reliant farmers through immersion in all aspects of farm operations, working alongside experienced farmers for an entire Alaskan growing season. Calypso’s unique setting also provides exposure and experience with farm-based environmental education, community events, and a range of homesteading skills. The following is just a selection of the skills covered over the season:

  • Seeding and caring for greenhouse transplants
  • Prepping the field for planting
  • Planting and direct seedingtraining8
  • Managing soil fertility
  • Weed and pest management
  • Caring for farm animals
  • Harvesting 
  • Operating a CSA
  • Running a farm stand and selling to local restaurants
  • Working safely, using Natural Balance
  • Whole Farm Business Planning
  • Blacksmithing & Wood Carving
  • Building
  • Wool Processing
  • Tool Making and Maintenance


Program Cost: The total cost of the program is $4,100. The breakdown of this cost:

$700/month covers a portion of your room and board and a portion of instruction costs. All basic food staples, plus staff-prepared lunches Monday – Friday are included. We are able to keep this monthly cost low (approximately half of the actual cost) thanks to community support and grant funds including a 2016 Beginning Farmer and Rancher grant from the USDA.

$500 Materials Fee covers personal tools, project materials and educational supplies (including a “Reader” with a large selection of articles and book excerpts), which are yours to take with you when you leave. This fee will also support your access to specialized tools and supplies (carving tools, spinning wheel, art supplies, etc.) throughout the program.

$100 Cleaning Deposit, returned at end of season check-out. 

Beginning Farmer’s Bonus: Any participant who completes the entire program (including completing their whole farm plan) will be eligible for a bonus payment after completion of the program, intended to support any future farming plans. Farmer Bonus’s are based on need as well as program participation. They are paid out in December following the program. We are excited to be able to offer these funds in support of new farmers!

College Credit Option:Students can choose to take this program as a 6 credit course through the University of Alaska, Fairbanks—Summer Sessions. There is a modest registration fee to UAF, and you’ll register for the class through UAF.  All students accepted into the program will receive information about the option of registering for credit.

Learn More by clicking on the Program Description & Application above!

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