New Farmers of Nuestras Raices Program!



We seek applicants interested in learning to be professional farmers for this free training program, launching on April 4, 2017. No experience is needed, and the classes will be taught in Spanish and English.

You can fill out the program application on our website (link below)

Web Application

Or download the Application and bring it to the office at 329 Main St. Holyoke Ma.


Spanish / Español

Applications are due March 15.
The New Farmer Training Program is a 100-hour introduction to organic farming principles and agricultural business planning. Nuestras Raices will train 100 new farmers in the next two years
in partnership with Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), as part of a national effort
to train new farmers in earth-friendly practices.

Students will learn all aspects of farm management for one full growing season, from planting
seedlings in April to harvesting crops in October. Students will receive hands-on agricultural
training at the Nuestras Raices farm, and will also attend weekly classroom lectures taught in the
evening at Dean Technical High School.

The curriculum for the New Farmer Training Program includes:

Introduction to Organic Principles & Crop Planning

Organic Production Techniques

Marketing for Small Farmers

Small Business Management

Record-keeping & Regulations.

Upon graduation, students will be ready for careers in all aspects of employment in food
production and agriculture, including operating or managing farms, starting seed companies, or
leading farmers markets.

We are also seeking individuals or organizations who may have access to land that could be farmed by a graduate. Interested parties should call Rafael Herrero at (413) 535-1789 x 206.

11 thoughts on “New Farmers of Nuestras Raices Program!

    • Rafael Herrero on said:

      The classes will be Tuesdays (English), Thursday (Spanish) and Saturdays at the farm. The classes will start at 5 or 6pm (we are still trying to figure this out) for the weekday clases and from 9am to 12pm for Saturday clases.

  1. Hi there,

    I am just wondering how & when applicants will be contacted if they are accepted into this wonderful program. I understand that seats are limited & don’t want to miss out on such a great opportunity.

    Best regards,
    Liz Y.

  2. The classes that will be taught on Saturdays from 9am to 12, will those be taught in English? And is that an alternative to Tuesdaysand Thursday’s?

  3. Hello, I just found out about the training which means that I missed the deadline. Will there be another class coming up?

    • Rafael Herrero on said:

      We still have some spots left in the Spanish class if you are interested. We will be doing the program next year also.

  4. Rachel on said:

    Hello Rafael,
    Will the next enrollment of this program be next year in April? Is the 100-hours completed by October?

    What a great opportunity! I am amazed this is being offered in Holyoke. I have done a few farming internships and loved the work. It’d be amazing to gain the skill and knowledge to make a serious profession out of it for myself. The hours are great for people like me who are still in college or working, so grateful! I hope to participate in this program in the future.

    Great work Nuestras Raices is doing!

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