Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Summer Practicum: Groundswell's New Farmer Training Project

NFTP Class Schedule 2011 New! 

Groundswell has announced their new hands-on training program for serious aspiring farmers and market gardeners. The New Farmer Training Project aims to increase the number, diversity, profitability and environmental sustainability of area farmers by providing training, mentoring, business planning support and affordable access to land at EcoVillage in Ithaca, New York.
Running from April 15 through November 15, the program provides 100 hours of classroom training, hands-on workshops, farm visits and supervised work experience on sustainable farms. Instruction will be provided by experienced farmer mentors, as well as subject matter experts. Tuition for the 2011 Sustainable Farming Certificate Program is just $600, and substantial scholarship support is offered, including several full scholarships.
Our flexible curriculum is geared for both entry-level trainees and more experienced beginning farmers and interns who want to deepen their knowledge of sustainable production practices and the science behind those practices. Trainees can choose to concentrate their studies on the management of vegetables, fruits, livestock, or poultry, or pursue a diversified curriculum. Each trainee will have an individualized Learning Contract, and will be evaluated on the basis of that contract before being awarded a certificate of completion. The April-November curriculum focuses on sustainable production systems and exposes trainees to a variety of successful small farm management models. A separate certificate program will be offered in the winter with a focus on business planning, management and marketing.
For the NFTP class schedule, click here.

Groundswell is committed to the vision of a regionally self-reliant food system that provides good food and economic opportunities for everyone. We're working hard to make the program a welcoming one for trainees from diverse cultural, racial, and economic backgrounds. Minority, new immigrant and limited-resource trainees are especially encouraged to apply. Most classes will be held evenings and weekends to accommodate folks with job, family or farm responsibilities.
The application for the 2011 program is now online. For more information, email us at
About the Groundswell Center for Local Food & Farming 
Groundswell’s mission
is to help youth and adult learners develop the skills and knowledge they need to build sustainable local food systems. Our focus is providing hands-on, experiential learning opportunities with real working farms and food businesses in the Ithaca area. Through collaboration with area schools, colleges and universities Groundswell will offer programs of study for beginning farmers, students, community members, and professionals.
Groundswell is an initiative of the EcoVillage Center for Sustainability Education in Ithaca, NY, which is a project of the Center for Transformative Action.
About EcoVillage and West Haven Farm
Groundswell’s main campus is West Haven Farm, an independently owned CSA farm located at EcoVillage Ithaca. EcoVillage is one of the nation’s first ecological co-housing communities and a global pioneer in sustainability education. Groundswell programs build on over a decade of experience in sustainable living and sustainable agriculture at EcoVillage and West Haven Farm. In addition, Kingbird Farm in Berkshire, Northland Sheep Dairy in Freetown, and other local farms and food businesses are part of Groundswell’s “campus without walls.”
Groundswell Center
P.O. Box 6679
Ithaca, NY  14851
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