Welcome to the Organic Farming Exchange

The OFTP is a unique opportunity for new and beginning farmers seeking intensive instruction in year-round organic production. It is designed tteach both production and management skills in an environment where personalized learning goals and training are emphasized. Students engage in the management of the Student Organic Farm’s production for the farm’s primary markets, including a 48-week CSA, a 7-month on-campus farm stand, and sales tcampus dining services. 

What does the OFTP have to offer?

- A certificate in Organic Farming from MSU’s Student Organic Farm, the Department of Horticulture, and the Center for Regional Food Systems
- Management of passive solar greenhouses for cold climate year-round production
- Access and exposure ta variety of job opportunities, conferences, and organizations
- Connections to a local, regional, national, and global network of people active in the sustainable agriculture movement
- Knowledge and skills in:
  • Soil & Fertility Management                           
  • Vegetable & Fruit Production
  • Livestock Management                                             
  • Harvest & Post Harvest Handling
  • Compost Production & Use        
  • Passive Solar Greenhouse Management
  • Insect, Disease & Weed Management
  • Farm & Business Planning
  • Transplant Production
  • Direct and Wholesale Marketing

For more information visit our website, and contact Denae by email or 517-449-3290 if you have questions or are interested in applying!

North Farm accepting applications for apprentice farmers

The North Farm at the Michigan State University Upper Peninsula Research and Extension Center in Chatham, MI is now accepting applications for three new “Apprentice” farmers. This incubator program is designed to support new farmers launch a successful farm business by providing resources and support including access to land, infrastructure, market development and on-farm technical advising. It specializes in diversified organic vegetable production and season extension in northern climates. 
Apprentice Farmers Will Receive:
  • Access to organically managed land – 1/4 acre plot for the first year, 1/2 acre for the second year.
  • Access to shared infrastructure – storage space, walk-in cooler, root cellar, hoophouse space, washing/packing shed
  • Access to equipment and tools
  • Mentorship from the North Farm staff and other stakeholders
  • Opportunities to network with other area growers and food enthusiasts
  • Opportunities to participate in competency-based workshops and trainings
  • Optional housing at the North Farm
  • Assistance in developing a transition plan off the North Farm after the two-year program
Cost of Participation:
  • $700 per growing season for land and resources.
  • Optional on-farm housing provided at $175 per month.
  • Optional custom tractor work as needed is also available for a small fee.
For more information & application visit Apprentice Farmer Program.
The full-page brochure is also available.