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.

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!