100 Finqueros New Farmer Training Program
Nuestras Raices’ intensive farmer training program is a unique opportunity for aspiring farmers and agricultural professionals to gain the skills, knowledge, and networks needed to successfully launch a business or find agricultural employment.
***This program will be announce until further notice. We will accept volunteers who want to learn more of agriculture.***
Our training program emphasizes organic and cold-weather farming skills, preparing graduates to be leaders in Massachusetts agriculture. Our curriculum builds on our many years of urban farming curriculum development with renowned author and urban farm practitioner Eric Toensmeier, and a partnership with Professor Frank Mangan’s seed lab at the UMass Stockbridge School of Agriculture. The program is taught in Spanish and English by instructor Zoraia Barros. Students gain hands-on knowledge of basic sustainable agricultural practices and design an agricultural enterprise budget for moving forward.
100 Finqueros is offered with support from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Society.
“I liked the farm visits, just getting behind the scenes, talking to the farmers, about why certain crops, how to grow them, how to control pests.”
“I’ve grown my first cucumbers, peppers, tomatoes. They taste better when you grow them. I want to keep doing it. In the future I will plan to sell.”
“I like Zoraia’s teaching style, down to earth, makes for good moments and hilarity. She knows what she’s doing...teaching us methods that have worked for her.”
“There are different people in the group at different stages beginning or advanced. We can share and learn from each other.”
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Apply online, download an application, or learn more about 100 Finqueros by contacting us using the contact form below.
How does it work?
- Our curriculum runs for 100 hours, from April to August.
- Half of the class time is spent in a classroom, learning farming principles, marketing, and business plans.
- The other half is spent on our farm, where we practice our new skills.
Applications for this program will be announce until further notice. We will accept volunteers who want to learn more of agriculture.
English and Spanish speakers welcome. There is no cost to participate in the program.
Participants will be chosen based on demonstrated interest and commitment to farming as conveyed through the application process.
What will I learn?
The New Farmer Training Program at Nuestras Raices teaches all aspects of farm management through one full growing season. This is an organic farming program, using earth-friendly practices throughout our curriculum.
The 5-month course is taught in five modules:
- Introduction to Organic Principles & Crop Planning
- Organic Production Techniques
- Marketing for Small Farmers
- Small Business Management
- Record-keeping & Regulations
Why should I be a farmer?
Our country needs more farmers!
Many US farmers are retiring, and we need newly trained leaders in the field. Being a farmer is a fulfilling and lucrative career, with multiple potential pathways. Take our class and prepare for running your own farm, starting a seed company, managing an agricultural business — the possibilities are endless.
Who should apply?
This program is open for any interested future farmer, age 16+. No experience necessary. The class is offered in English and in Spanish, and at no cost.
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