The Organic Farm School works to prepare you for success, instilling a holistic perspective on what it takes to successfully start and manage a small-scale (5-20 acre) commercial organic farm from the field tasks of tillage, planting and harvesting to the office tasks of crop planning, marketing and financial management. Understanding this spectrum of tasks that farmers engage in helps our students get a jumpstart on realizing their farming dreams.
Organic farming is a respectable career that can fulfil these dreams but only if it’s done with planning and preparation. It takes much more than a desire to grow food and a willingness to work hard… it also takes accepting that farms are small businesses and being willing to research, plan and experiment in finding the right markets, crops, scale and strategies that can bring real sustainability… socially, ecologically and financially.
For 30+ hours each week, students learn through working on and managing the OFS Student Farm. The Farm produces a wide range of organic vegetables, seed crops, cover crops and livestock that are then offered to the community through a CSA program, farmers market, local grocers and more. For 10+ hours each week, participants take part in classes and discussions on the production, business, ecological, and social concepts that lie behind the practical work.
The Organic Farm School is a powerful, intense, integrated program designed to prepare new farmers for a solid career.
We rely on students who are capable of:
- listening deeply and participating in a sense of community among peers,
- following instructions while simultaneously asking generative questions,
- showing up every day ready to engage as part of a vibrant and hardworking team,
- being accountable to their peers when it comes to pace, accuracy, and outcomes,
- driving on the farm as well as for produce delivery