MSU’s Organic Farming Exchange

 Organic Farmer Training Program

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The OFTP is a unique opportunity for new and beginning farmers seeking intensive instruction in year-round organic production. It is designed to teach 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 to campus dining services.

Program Details

  • March 2 – November 20, 2015
  • $8900.00 plus books and materials

Program Offerings

  • 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
  • Technical knowledge and skills including organic marketing, management, production and handling

Available Scholarships

  • Merit & Need-based Scholarships:
    Scholarships range from $500 to $4,000 and are applied directly to program fees
  • Michigan Good Food Charter Scholarship for People of Color:
    One or two scholarships will be awarded in 2015 in the amount of $10,000 and are disbursed directly to the student

For application questions and information regarding program components and logistics, please contact Denae Friedheim at 517-449-3290 or by email.