Aspiring farmer or avid home gardener? Gain the skills you need through farming classes at Calypso!

 This summer, a selection of our on-farm Farmer Training Program topics will be open to the Fairbanks community. Browse the courses below, and call 907-451-0691 with any questions. All participants are welcome to bring a dish to pass and join for group lunch at 12:30pm on class days.



Tree Pruning and Intro to Growing Apples in Alaska

Monday, May 8th, 11:00-12:30pm

This class will cover the basics of pruning – using fruit trees and other perennials as examples. It will also cover the basics for growing apple trees in Alaska. Consider staying for lunch and taking the afternoon class about apple tree grafting in the afternoon.   Cost: $15 members, $20 non-members


Apple Tree Grafting – FULL FOR 2017

Monday, May 8th, 1:30-3:30pm

This is a hands-on class on grafting apple trees. Students will learn all about fruit tree grafting and will have the opportunity to practice!   Cost: $20 members, $30 non-members


Soil Basics

Wednesday, May 10th, 10:30-12:30pm

Garden soil is the life blood of your garden! This class covers basic soil science in a fun, interactive and practical way. Consider staying for lunch and then taking the Organic Fertilizers and Soil Testing class in the afternoon.  Cost: $20 members, $30 non-members


Organic Fertilizers and Soil Testing

Wednesday, May 10th, 1:30-3:30pm

There is a dizzying array of options for organic fertilizers, also known as “soil amendments”. This class will explore the range of organic fertilizer options, learning when and how to apply them. You will also learn how to take a good soil sample for testing.Consider taking the Understanding Soil Test Results class on June 7th, and bring the results of a soil test from your own garden.  Cost: $20 members, $30 non-members


Animal Husbandry – Sheep and Goats (2 parts)

Tuesday, May 16th, 1:30-3:30pm &Thursday, May 18th, 1:30-3:30pm

This class goes beyond the basics of keeping sheep and goats, providing hands-on experience with a number of practical sheep and goat husbandry skills.  Over two sessions (Tuesday, May 16th and Thursday, May 18th), participants will learn about safely handling animals, judging body condition and the overall health of an animal, hoof trimming, on-farm vet skills such as giving simple injections and cleaning and caring for wounds.  Cost: $40 members, $60 non-members


Understanding Soil Test Results  

Wednesday, June 7th, 1:30-3:30pm

Testing your soil is a great way to understand how to best care for your garden soil. Interpreting the results of a soil test can often be difficult.  Learn how to make sense of soil test results; participants are encouraged to bring soil test results from their own gardens.  Cost: $20 members, $30 non-members


Compost Tea – Overview, Brewing and Application

Wednesday, June 14th, 1:30-3:30pm

Learn all about Compost Tea, a popular method of increasing the microbial life in your garden soils. The class will cover the basics of what compost tea is, how to brew it and how to apply it to your garden. Cost: $20 members, $30 non-members


Composting – Building a Compost Pile

Monday, June 26th, 1:30-4:30pm

Compost is an important key to garden success! How does compost work? Learn the basics of composting science, method, and the tricks to building your own successful compost pile. Cost: $30 members, $45 non-members


Bouquets! Exploring Cut Flower Varieties and Floral Design

Monday, July 31st, 1:30-4:30pm

Calypso grows many varieties of flowers, most of which work well as cut flowers for bouquets. Tour the flower varieties in the field, and then learn some basics of floral design.  All workshop participants will take home their own bouquet!  Cost: $30 members, $45 non-members


 Biodiversity in the Garden

Wednesday, August 2nd , 10:30-12:30pm

Biodiversity is the key to creating a thriving garden ecosystem that is both beautiful and productive. Come tour Calypso’s fields, learn about biodiversity and how to design and maintain a garden that is full of life.  Cost: $20 members, $30 non-members


 Permaculture Overview (2 parts)

Monday, August 7th, 1:30-3:30pm & Wednesday, August 9th, 1:30-3:30pm

Permaculture is a system of agricultural and social design principles based on natural ecosystems. Come learn more about permaculture and how the principals can be incorporated into your garden site.  These two sessions will include some hands-on, permaculture related projects on the farm.  Cost: $40 members, $60 non-members


Chicken Butchering

Monday, August 21st, 1:30-4:30pm

Learn how to humanely and safely butcher chickens for home-scale consumption.  Cost: $30 members, $45 non-members


Farm Planning Series

Mondays 9:00-11:00 & Wednesdays 8:30-10:30, starting May 8th and ending August 30th

Cost*: $500 members, $750 non-members

*Please note: students who complete their farm plan will be refunded 50% of the class fee – this refund is intended to support beginning farmers.

This is a 4 month class that meets twice weekly. Throughout the class, students will complete a comprehensive Whole Farm Business Plan for their own farm or planned future farm. The plan includes everything from the vision and mission for the farm, to identifying key farm products, creating a logo and branding, marketing, budgeting and more!