Beginning Farmer Training Programs

Beginning Farmer Training Programs vary from formal to informal, and from long and intensive to short and basic. Find the right program for you on this page.

College/University-Based Programs: (These are not necessarily for college credit but are affiliated with a college.)

has been put together by the Sustainable Agriculture Education Association. Many are associated with a major in sustainable agriculture, or a hands on beginning farmer training program.

Individual beginning farmer training programs include:

, Near Ithaca, New York. Visit the TC3 Farm Website at .

, a 9 month intensive training program in year round organic farming.


, Madison, WI & Satellite Locations.

in Burlington, Vermont.

Farm-Based Training Programs:

To learn about internship programs and offerings as well as farm jobs, visit this page:

, is one of the best know and most respected programs in the country. A number of other Farm Beginnings programs based on the LSP curriculum are available throughout the country. .

The Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, East Troy, WI offers

 is an immersive farmer training program on a working, certified organic, diversified vegetable farm, , designed to provide aspiring farmers with the essential skills and training needed to manage a sustainable farming business. Students graduate the program with practical knowledge and experience in organic and sustainable growing methods and the business and financial planning skills necessary to establish a successful market farm.

The in Everson, WA is a vocational farmer learning program for those interested in starting their own farm business and/or being a key employee on a farm.

, North Orange, Massachusetts has a One Year Learn to Farm Program

, Eureka Springs, Arkansas

The Organic Farm School is an 8-month, full-time, farm-based training program on scenic Whidbey Island in Washington state. Their curriculum includes organic vegetable, seed, and livestock production as well as training in business planning and marketing. Visit  for more information.

, Jefferson County, Washington (Olympic Peninsula)

The is an offshoot of Thompson Small Farm, a horse-powered initiative begun in 2007 by Andrea Thompson and Jonathan Wright with the goal of providing locally, sustainably produced food and an example of a human-scaled, alternative way of doing things.

are listed by the .

(formerly the Grange Farm School) in Willits, California is dedicated to teaching the next generation of responsible, innovative, and successful farmers. They offer hands-on training combined with a rigorous academic curriculum through their .

The in Sebastapol, California is a 5 acre demonstration site and educational institution dedicated to sharing regenerative land development and management practices.

Calypso Farm and Ecology Center offers a farmer training program in Alaska  

The offers a hands-on apprenticeship focusing on small scale, bio-intensive, market farming in the Pacific Northwest.

and Garden in Tecate, Baja California offers 4 and 6-week residential ecological farming and farm-to-table training programs on their scenic 6-acre permaculture-inspired, biointensive production farm. Contact Lindsey Hethcote at 速蛙云流量怎么用 for more information. 

run by the Center for land based learning features a Beginning Farmer Training Program, an Apprenticeship Program, and A Farm Business Incubator.

For more than 135 years, has been a source of applied agricultural training for beginning or future Wisconsin farmers and students interested in working in agriculture

, Traverse City, MI

, Ithaca, NY

Urban Farming Programs:

, New York City

, Detroit

, Oregon

Online Programs:

is an online course that provides farmers with the tools and knowledge needed to develop and manage a successful farm business.   

is a part of Cornell University’s New York Beginning Farmer’s Project.

Hosts lots of great Farminars, and archives them too.

The Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training (CRAFT) is a farmer-led coalition organized by sustainable agriculture farmers in a self-selected geographic region. Participating farmers offer up their time, talents and experience to help prepare the next generation of farmers. The secret to CRAFT’s success is simple — farmers learn most effectively from other farmers. CRAFT provides farmer-to-farmer learning and access to the social network and culture of local farmers. To learn more, visit the CRAFT Website at:

CRAFT Programs in North America organized by region:

The ‘” is a comprehensive, searchable state by state directory of compiled by the .

Find recent farmer training program offerings as well as internship and apprenticeship opportunities at