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Agricultural Education Directory Massachusetts Directory

The Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA) maintains this directory as a service to individuals seeking to learn more about organic/sustainable agricultural methods in our region. Programs that can be of service to such people by giving them some form of education or training in applicable methods are listed here.

We understand that this is not a comprehensive directory and will try to update it periodically. If you have a program that you feel should be listed here contact us and we will consider adding it at the time of the next update. However, all listings here are NOFA's responsibility and NOFA ultimately decides what and how the programs are listed.

We hope this directory is of service to you in furthering the spread of knowledge about organic and sustainable growing methods. If you are interested in these issues, you may well be interested in some of the other programs NOFA offers: publications, videos, conferences, farm certification, and more. Please check out the page of NOFA Chapters if you would like more information about NOFA, including membership rates and location of the chapter nearest you.

Massachusetts

Center for Ecological Technology
112 Elm Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201
Phone: (413) 445-4556 x 16
Email: CET@cetonline.org
Website: www.cetonline.org

Since 1976, the Center for Ecological Technology (CET), a non profit organization, has been making it easier to live more lightly on the land. CET promotes recycling, composting, hazardous waste reduction, buying recycled, energy efficiency, and clean energy technologies in order to protect the air we breathe and the water that sustains our communities. Of special interest to farmers, we promote composting to schools, farms, and businesses. CET also assists farmers with reducing their energy load and exploring the viability of renewable energy technologies as part of the farm sustainability. Other services include: The Massachusetts Materials Exchange; Business Office Paper Recycling Services; sales of recycled content paper; the ReStore Home Improvement Center; public education and programs to collect hazardous products and promote less toxic alternatives; environmental education in schools, telephone hot line, information and referral. CET serves western Massachusetts and other areas in the region and nation. Programs are usually free and serve all ages. CET operates year round and its hours are 9-5. Learn more at www.CETonline.org

Draft Animal-Power Network 
509 Dutton Brook Lane
Brownington, VT 05860
Phone: 802-763-0771
Email: dapnetinfo@gmail.com
  Website: www.draftanimalpower.org

The Draft Animal-Power Network (DAPNet) advances the practical application of draft-animal power and creates a supportive community by hosting regional events, an online forum, quarterly newsletter and website.

Visit our website to see upcoming events and check out our forum! www.draftanimalpower.org

The Food Project Institute
P. O. Box 705
Lincoln, MA 01773
Phone: (781) 259-8621
Fax: (718) 259-9659
Email: info@thefoodproject.org
Website: www.thefoodproject.org

Our mission is to grow a thoughtful and productive community of youth and adults from diverse backgrounds who work together to build a sustainable food system. We produce healthy food for residents of the city and suburbs and provide youth leadership opportunities. Most importantly, we strive to inspire and support others to create change in their own communities.

Since 1991, The Food Project has built a national model of engaging young people in personal and social change through sustainable agriculture. Each year, we work with over a hundred teens and thousands of volunteers to farm on 31 acres in rural Lincoln, MA and on several lots in urban Boston. We consider our hallmark to be our focus on identifying and transforming a new generation of leaders by placing teens in unusually responsible roles, with deeply meaningful work.

Each season, we grow nearly a quarter-million pounds of food without chemical pesticides, donating half to local shelters. We sell the remainder of our produce through Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) crop "shares," farmers' markets, and Harvest Bags. We market our own Farm-Fresh Salsa and holiday pies, and even offer fine catering. Locally, we also partner with urban gardeners to help them remediate their lead-contaminated soil and grow healthier food.

Nearly half of The Food Project's work is as a resource center for organizations and individuals worldwide. We provide unique capacity building for organizations and educators who learn from The Food Project's expertise through materials, youth training and professional development opportunities. Even projects completely unrelated to farming can draw on our methods for building inspired, diverse and productive youth communities.

Hampshire College Food, Farm, and Sustainability Institute
893 West Street
Amherst, MA 01002
Website and applications:
Type of organization: hands-on summer academic program at 4-year college
 
 The Food, Farm, and Sustainability Institute at Hampshire College is an interdisciplinary academic program focusing on food production and sustainable agriculture, centered at the vibrant Hampshire College Farm Center. This program features an academic and an experiential-based learning component. During a typical program day, students will join farm staff for morning chores at 7 a.m. (taking turns on both the animal and the vegetable farms), break for lunch, and then join faculty for class from 1-4 p.m. On occasional evenings, students will be joined by a guest speaker for a dinner discussion, often preparing the dinner themselves with meat, bread, cheese, and produce from local partners. On Fridays, the faculty lead the students on site visits intended to offer a deeper, hands-on look at the topics discussed during the week. In addition, each student is required to complete an independent research project and give a final presentation on their work at the program's closing. 
 
Hampshire College recommends the equivalent of 8 academic credits for the completion of this program. Students are strongly encouraged to check with their home institutions about accepted transfer credits. Upon completion of the program, students may request a Hampshire College transcript. Required costs to students include tuition and food costs for communal meals during program hours: $5,680 
 
Anyone who is over the age of 18 and interested in food, sustainable agriculture, farming, environmental studies, and/or sustainability studies is welcome to apply. We encourage you to apply online as soon as possible to ensure enrollment availability. We have a priority deadline of April 14, but admission is on a rolling basis.

Heifer International - Overlook Farm
216 Wachusett Street
Rutland, MA 01543
Phone: (508) 886-2221
Fax: (508) 886-6729
Website: www.heifer.org
Type of organization: non-profit international development/hunger education

Overlook Farm serves as Heifer International's Northeast education center. The farm supports the work of the non-profit development organization's efforts to alleviate hunger, poverty, and environmental degradation through a variety of education programs. Overlook contains a "global village" in which each site demonstrates the unique relationship between people, land, and livestock specific to a particular region and/or culture of the world and how integrated land and livestock management, along with appropriate technology can improve the lives of limited resource families. The farm has two acres of certified organic vegetables, 30 acres of pasture managed by intensive grazing, 240 acres of woodlands, and more than 20 species of livestock. Overlook offers field trips, ½ day, full day, and multi-day educational programs. Drop-in visitors are welcome and seasonal special events are held throughout the year, Brochures are available.

New Entry Sustainable Farming Project
Contact: Sam Anderson, Outreach Coordinator
9 Central St. Suite 402
Lowell, MA 01852
Phone: 978-654-6745
Fax: 866-306-3941
Email: sanderson@comteam.org
Website: www.nesfp.org
Type of organization: Education and training on farm enterprise; CSA

Founded in 1998, the New Entry Sustainable Farming Project (NESFP) helps people who have an interest in farming start up commercial agricultural enterprises in Massachusetts. NESFP has a comprehensive strategy that includes training in farm business planning and organic crop production, access to farmland, and one-on-one technical assistance.

NESFP operates a year-round training program which includes an 8-week classroom-based training, focused on farm business planning and marketing, and a 12-week field-based training series, focused on organic crop production. Training also includes field trips to regional farms and agricultural suppliers. The training farm program provides new entry farmers with access to up to an acre of land to begin implementing their business and marketing plans. Participants may lease land at a training farm until they are ready to transition to an independently leased farm. Weekly site visits and monthly field-based workshops during the growing season provide production support and introduce growers to new techniques and technologies. NESFP also links farmers to marketing opportunities, such as through its World Peas farmers' cooperative, and in some areas NESFP farmers have revitalized local farmers' markets by supplying fresh specialty vegetables, herbs and other products which are highly desired by consumers with diverse ethnic backgrounds.

Other services offered by NESFP include assistance in finding jobs on farms; assistance in locating farmland in Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire; a lending library of agricultural books, CDs, and movies; and a CSA (community supported agriculture) program, provided through the World Peas Coop.

Land's Sake
Contact: Douglas Cook
27 Crescent Street
Weston, MA 02493
Phone: (781) 893-1162
Email: doug@landsake.org
Website: www.landssake.org
Type of organization: environmental center, community farm

Lands Sake is a private non-profit dedicated to sustainable land management and environmental education. It has been in existence since 1980. It is certified organic. Financing comes from membership, sales and grants. Out of 60 acres, 25 are in production. Tractors are used.

Lands Sake has a series of natural history programs, a Green Power program where 40 middle school students work a half-day for the full summer for a small stipend, a kindergarten change of season program. It is affiliated with several environmental programs, including one at Weston High School. The season runs from mid-June to October and hours are 10-6. Annual events include the Strawberry Fest and Harvest Fest. A newsletter is published occasionally. Internships are available but there are no living facilities. Literature is available on request with a self-addressed stamped envelope.

Mass Audubon Society at Drumlin Farm
Contact: Matt Celona
208 South Great Road
Lincoln, MA 01773
Phone: (781) 259-2236
Email: mcelona@massaudubon.org
Website: www.massaudubon.org
Type of organization: environmental education center/farm

Drumlin Farm is one of forty Massachusetts Audubon sanctuaries and is the only one with a working farm. It has been in existence since 1955. Financing is generated from membership, program fees, farm sales, donations, and grants. Total acreage is 232, with 12 acres in vegetable/cover crops, 20 acres in hay production and the remainder in farmyard, pasture, and woodlot. It has an organic focus on vegetables and animals. A farm stand is on the premises.

Drumlin has assorted workshops and programs in farming, ecology, and natural history. Cost is free for Mass Audubon members; general admission costs $6 for adults and $4 for children. Program costs vary. It is open year round 9-5 with winter hours of 9-4. Annual events include Birdathon and many festivals and events that vary from year to year. The program catalog comes out three times a year. Other brochures on education programs are available.

Natick Community Organic Farm
Contact: Lynda Simkins
117 Eliot Street, Route 16
Natick, MA 01760
Phone: (508) 655-2204
Fax: (508) 651-7334
Email: lsimkins.ncorganic@verizon.net
Website: www.natickfarm.org
Type of organization: community farm

Founded in 1974, The Natick Community Organic Farm is a non-profit, certified organic farm providing productive open space, food to the public and hands-on education for all ages, year-round.

Committed to farming methods that are ecologically healthy and sustainable, the farm places special emphasis on service to youth through year-round classes, work-experience programs, and volunteer opportunities for working the land. Year round programs are geared for all ages; children 3 - 15 years old, adult programs, home schooling and volunteer opportunities. Internships are available.

The Farm is open to the public year round during daylight hours. The Farm is staffed Monday through Friday for volunteering opportunities, self guided tours and purchases. Products are available at the Farm's Route 16 farm stand, the Market Stand and the Saturday Natick farmer's market (June - October).

Annual events include Spring Fest & Seedling Sale, Harvest Fest, Maple Sugaring and Annual Pancake Breakfast. Products include certified organic vegetables, herbs and small fruits, certified organic vegetable seedlings and flowers, livestock, eggs, honey, maple syrup, yarn and organically raised beef, pork, chicken and turkeys. Publications available from the farm are a brochure, a children's book, a manual on starting a community farm, and quarterly newsletter. The Farm's website located at www.natickfarm.org has the farm's programs, membership information, a history of the farm etc. Please feel free to browse at your convenience.

New England Small Farm Institute (NESFI)
P. O. Box 937
Belchertown, MA 01007-0937
Phone: (413) 323-4531
Fax: (413) 323-9594
Email: info@smallfarm.org Website: http://www.smallfarm.org

The New England Small Farm Institute (NESFI) is a non-profit educational organization founded in 1978. Our mission is to encourage and support agricultural practices and policies that enhance the environment and promote the viability of our region's small farms.

Our Small Farm Development Center offers a systems approach to small farm "career" development. Its peer-guided programs and services target the needs of people seeking to identify and acquire the knowledge, skills and resources they need to succeed as small farm operators, and include:

  • Education, Training & Personal Guidance for aspiring, start-up and developing farmers, and landowners. Our self-assessment, decision-making and instructional guides, publications, short courses and workshops focus on farm planning, resource acquisition, business management skills and technical farming skills.
  • A developing Northeast Regional Support Network comprised of experienced on-farm mentors and instructors-experienced in the topics they teach-and co-sponsoring service provider organizations. The network offers train-the-trainer materials and training workshops for participants that support and deliver its educational programs, hands-on training and guidance services.
  • Small Farm Library. Among the largest special collections on small-scale farming and sustainable agriculture in the US, it includes a growing number of our own publications. Services include an on-line card catalogue, a bookstore and customized searches for those considering, planning or in the early stages of developing a farm.
  • New England Land Link, a regional listing of available farm properties and opportunities. New England Land Link specializes in assistance with farmland acquisition, and lease development and facilitation for farm seekers and farm owners and managers.
  • Northeast Workers on Organic Farms, an annual list of over 70 farms seeking apprentices.
  • Our work is supported by innovative economic development and farmer-guided research projects, and by a broad range of advocacy and leadership development activities. In addition, we host and participate in special grant-funded, time-limited projects and partnership programs that advance our mission and program goals.

Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (NESAWG)
P. O. Box 11
Belchertown, MA 01007
Phone: (413) 323-9878
Fax: (413) 323-9594
Email: nesawg@smallfarm.org
Website: http://www.nesawg.org

The Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (NESAWG) is a regional network of seventy member organizations in the twelve Northeast states -- from Maine to West Virginia. Founded in 1992, its purpose is to build a sustainable and secure regional food and agriculture system. Its mission is to strengthen the work of its members by providing active support and assistance in achieving shared food system goals.

NESAWG focuses on farm economic viability and food system economic development, natural resource conservation and enhancement, community food systems and food security, and food 'citizenship'. NESAWG addresses these areas through: 1) public policy reform and development 2) professional training and education 3) accountability on the part of our publicly funded institutions 4) public education and 5) member services and capacity building.

Old Sturbridge Village Dept of Education and Public Programs
Contact: Neil Cunningham
1 Old Sturbridge Village Road.
Sturbridge, MA 01566
Phone: 508-347-3362 ext. 285
Email: ncunningham@osv.org
Website: www.osv.org

Soule Homestead Education Center
Contact: Laurie Amberman
46 Soule St.
Middleboro, MA 02346
P: 508 947 6744
F: 508 946 8955
Email: soule1@verizon.net
Website: www.soulehomestead.org

Founded in 1991, Soule Homestead Education Center is a non-profit agro-environmental education center and working organic farm. Soule Homestead is open year round, free to the public, 9 - 5 Tuesday thru Sunday. We feature children's field trips, birthday parties, adult workshops and these special events:

Apx. May 1st:: Sheep Day / Earth Day Event
Sat. Eves. July - Aug.: Summer Concert Series
3rd weekend in Sept.: Harvest fair & Joe Davies Folk Festival
Last Sat. in Oct: Unscary Halloween Party
1st Sat in Dec.: Holiday Fair
We have 4 farming operations on the property: 2 organic vegetable growers, 1 person raising grass fed beef and 1 sheep dog trainer. Volunteers are always welcome.
Please visit our website & contact us for more information.

Stockbridge School of Agriculture.
Contact: Kathy Conway, Admission Counselor
111 Stockbridge Hall/UMass Amherst
Amherst, MA 01003
Phone: (413) 545-2222
Fax: (413) 577-0242
Email: kmconway@ncs.umass.edu
Type of organization: two-year college in existence since 1918

The Stockbridge School of Agriculture is an associate of science degree program with six majors: Arboriculture, Equine Industries, Fruit and Vegetable Crops, Horticulture, Landscape Contracting, and Turfgrass Management. The school is affiliated with UMass Amherst where students may pursue related bachelor degree programs. The Plant and Soil Science major includes an option in Sustainable Agriculture.

High school graduates and beyond are eligible to apply. Full-time tuition (in-state) and fees $6,482. New England Regional tuition and fees $7,339. Out of State tuition and fees $15,335. Room and Board $5,473. The season consists of two semesters per year, five-month internships. Hours are day classes. Federal financial aid and scholarships are available. Annual events include a spring and fall open house and a February Job Fair. Individual appointments can be made all year. Information and application are available upon request.

Williams Sustainable Garden Project
Sustainable Food Program Manager: Katharine B. Millonzi
Zilkha Center for Environmental Initiatives Harper House
54 Stetson Court, P.O. Box 632
Williamstown, MA 01267
413-597-4422
Katharine.B.Millonzi@williams.edu

Student Contact for the Garden Project: Sonja Thalheimer
1721 Paresky
Williamstown, MA 01267
smt1@williams.edu
Website: www.williamsgrowers.blogspot.com.

The Williams Sustainable Garden Project was formed in January of 2010 in order to educate the Williams community about the value of sustainable agriculture in theory and in practice by growing food in organic campus gardens. We strive to promote sustainability at Williams by increasing the percentage of our food that is local and seasonal and by helping people understand that their dietary choices can be vital to combating climate change, air and water pollution, top soil erosion, and other serious environmental problems.

Throughout the school-year, Saturday morning work parties have started with homemade pancakes, followed by a few hours of work. We believe that gathering over and sharing food is an important way in which to build community. Sometimes lunch or dinners also follow work parties, or happen throughout the week. During the summers, students gather on Friday afternoons to work, then cook dinner together.

Food produced in the garden goes to a variety of sources. All students who work in the garden have access to the produce, and can harvest of a variety of vegetables for their own needs. Produce is also used at campus events, such as weekly environmental studies lunches, dining hall meals, collaboration with the Jewish Resource Center, and others. Produce is also donated to the Berkshire Food Project. We preserve a fair amount of produce for future use, such as through jams, pestos, frozen greens, tomato sauces, and pickling. In this way, we both preserve a food, and also educate students and community members about food preservation methods.

CONNECTICUT

New Haven Ecology Project, Inc
Contact: Melissa Spear, Executive Director
358 Springside Avenue
New Haven, CT 06515
Phone:(203) 389-4333
Fax: (203) 389-7458
Email: mspear@commongroundct.org
Website: www.nhep.com

The New Haven Ecology Project, Inc. (NHEP) was founded in 1990 by a number of local educators seeking to promote and provide environmental education to residents in the greater New Haven area. The organization's mission is to cultivate habits of healthy living and sustainable environmental practices for a diverse community of children, adults and families. NHEP accomplishes this mission by operating Common Ground High School, a public charter school with a focus on the environment and the academic foundation for post-secondary education. It offers environmental education programs and demonstrates environmentally appropriate practices for the general community and maintains an organic farm while also managing the forested land of the site.

In addition to the high school, current programs include the Common Ground 21st Century Community Learning Center offering educational programs for students and families during non-school hours; after school science programs for middle school students; educational farm tours for visiting groups of all ages; summer Ecology Camp for middle school students; summer Science Academy for high school girls; summer vocational and technical job training for high school students; Saturday programs featuring crafts, animals, gardens, nature, food and healthy living; and employment opportunities for high school students.

All of the New Haven Ecology Project's programs are held on the organization's 20-acre farm site at the base of West Rock Ridge State Park in New Haven, CT.

MAINE

Maine Organic Farmers & Gardeners Association (MOFGA)
P. O. Box 170
Unity, ME 04988
Phone: (207) 568-4142
Fax: (207) 568-4141
Email: mofga@mofga.org
Website: www.mofga.org/
Type of organization: educational membership
Membership: Low income $15.00, Individual $25.00, Family $35.00 Lifetime $500.00

Formed in 1971, MOFGA is the oldest and largest state organic organization in the country. The purpose of the association is to help farmers and gardeners grow organic food, protect the environment, recycle natural resources, increase local food production, support rural communities, and illuminate for consumers the connection between healthful food and environmentally sound growing practices. MOFGA is supported by over 6,000 members. MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center is open year round and hours of business are Monday -Friday from 9-5.

MOFGA's biggest program, the Common Ground Country Fair, usually the 3rd weekend after Labor Day, is usually attended by more than 50,000 people.

MOFGA also has over 30 educational events throughout the year. MOFGA also offers organic certification, an apprenticeship program where farms and prospective applicants are matched, and the Maine organic farm and garden education program. They also have technical services staff dedicated to providing practical information to growers and members. MOFGA publishes a quarterly newspaper "The Maine Organic Farmer and Gardener," as well as several fact sheets and technical bulletins.

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Stonewall Farm
Contact: Joshua Cline
242 Chesterfield Road
Keene, NH 03431
Phone (603) 357-7278
Fax: (603) 357-6018
Website: www.stonewallfarm.org
Type of organization: working farm and education center

Stonewall Farm is dedicated to promoting local agriculture and stewardship of natural resources. We are committed to maintaining our small farm as a vital part of the community through public involvement and the use of historic and modern practices. The Farm has been a nonprofit organization since 1994. Farm operations include dairy, draft horses, sugaring, organic SCA garden, and various small livestock on 123 acres in conservation easements and forestry plans. Education programs serve 7000 school children in grades PK - 6 on topics ranging from farm operations to history of farm life to natural history and ecology. Summer camps, workshops, special events, facility rentals and casual visitation formats serve 12,000 visitors each year.

The site is open to visitors every day, with the Learning Center open M-F, 8:30-4:30, Sat. 10-3. Public programs are announced in a quarterly newsletter. Education internships are offered year-round, while agricultural internships are available seasonally. See www.stonewallfarm.org for openings and additional information.

NEW JERSEY

Genesis Farm Environmental Learning Center
Contact: Miriam MacGillis, OP - Genesis Farm Director and Founder
41A Silver Lake Road
Blairstown, NJ 07825
Phone: (908) 362-6735
Fax: (908) 362-9387
Email: GenesisFarm@tellurian.net
Website: www.genesisfarm.org
Type of organization: ecological learning center and community supported garden

Genesis Farm is a project of the Dominican Sisters of Caldwell, NJ, founded by Miriam MacGillis in 1980, and explores the Universe Story as the basis for founding an ecological era. It offers courses of varying length fostering Earth literacy and Transition culture. Genesis Farm also offers seasonal equinox and solstice celebrations, cooking classes, discussion groups, and other programs for the local community. An annual calendar of events and brochure with more information on courses are available upon request (908)362-6735 and internships in Earth literacy are available. The Community Supported Garden (CSG) at Genesis Farm was founded in 1988. It is cultivated bio-dynamically, and supports over 300 shareholder families. Farming internships and apprenticeships are available at the CSG (908) 362-7486.

NEW YORK

Groundswell Center for Local Food & Farming
Contact: Joanna Green, Director
P.O. Box 6679
Ithaca, NY 14851
(607) 277-0180
Email: info@groundswellcenter.org
Website: www.groundswellcenter.org

The Groundswell Center for Local Food & Farming is an agriculture education nonprofit in Ithaca, NY. Our mission is to nurture the next generation of farmers and food citizens by helping youth and adult learners develop the skills and knowledge they need to build sustainable local food systems. Through collaboration with area farms, schools and organizations, we provide hands-on, experiential learning opportunities for aspiring and beginning farmers, students, and community members. Current programs include the 6-credit Summer Practicum in Sustainable Farming & Local Food Systems, a Sustainable Farming Certificate Program for beginning farmers, the Finger Lakes Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training, and the Ithaca Crop Mob.

VERMONT

Food Works at Two Rivers Center
Contact: Joseph Kiefer, Director of Education
64 Main Street
Montpelier, VT 05602
Phone: (802) 223-1515, ext 308
Fax: (802) 229-5277
Email: info@tworivers.org
Website: www.tworiverscenter.org

Food Works at Two Rivers Center was founded in 1987 to address the root causes of childhood hunger by returning students and their communities back to the land through hands-on food and gardening educational opportunities. Today, Food Works at Two Rivers Center has emerged as Central Vermont's hands-on food and agricultural education center working to strengthen local food systems and empower children, families, and seniors to grow, prepare, eat and preserve their own foods. We offer ongoing classes, workshops and summer camps on food growing, cooking, food preservation, backyard medicinal herbs and nutrition basics.

For over 20 years, Food Works has never swayed from our unique position as a grassroots organization that develops community-based educational approaches to address the growing concerns of poor nutrition, diet, health, unsustainable land use, and declining food security. By connecting people back to the land and the natural world, all of our work mobilizes people to effect positive change for themselves and their neighbors.

Our community programs support local food systems by connecting area farmers to under-served populations including schools, Senior Meals sites, health care facilities and early childhood education centers. The 5-acre organic Foodbank Farm at the Two Rivers Center grows carrots, potatoes, onions and tomatoes exclusively for member agencies of the Vermont Foodbank.

The Mountain School of Milton Academy
Contact: Liana Hebb, Farm Manager
151 Mountain School Road
Vershire, VT 05079
Phone: (802) 685-4520, ext 115
Fax: (802) 685-3317
Email: liana.hebb@mountainschool.org
Website: www.mountainschool.org

The Mountain School of Milton Academy is a one-semester program for high school juniors. Forty-five high achieving students from private and public schools throughout the United States spend four months on our 300-acre working organic farm in Vermont. These students are challenged to work together and learn from each other as they explore the intersection of the school's farm, academic program, and residential life. Each semester students participate in making important decisions concerning how we live together and manage the farm. Courses provide a demanding, integrated learning experience that takes full advantage of the farm and the school's small size.

NOFA VT
P. O. Box 697
Richmond, VT 05477
Phone: (802) 434-4122
Fax: (802) 434-4154
Email: info@nofavt.org
Website: www.nofavt.org

"The Farm to Community mentor program was started in 1999 to expand agricultural awareness and education by developing a community understanding of agriculture and to develop ongoing relationships between schools, communities, and their local farms. Farm to Community mentors work in most counties in VT and are farmers and educators who facilitate links between other farmers, gardeners, educators, children, and community members.

Shelburne Farms - Education Center
Contact: Megan Camp
1611 Harbor Road
Shelburne, VT 05482
Phone: (802) 985-8686
Email: mcamp@shelburnefarms.org
Website: www.shelburnefarms.org

Established in 1972 as a non-profit educational organization, Shelburne Farms, a 1,400-acre farm and forest, is dedicated to cultivating a conservation ethic. The mission of Shelburne Farms is to teach the stewardship of natural and agricultural resources; practice rural land use that is environmentally, economically and culturally sustainable and care for and share an historic landmark of exceptional natural and agricultural beauty. Programs are designed to increase awareness and appreciation of natural and agricultural resources and the working landscape, and to inspire stewardship. Originally built in 1886, Shelburne Farms continues today as a working dairy and cheese making operation producing award winning farmhouse cheddar cheese.

Shelburne Farms offers a wide range of school and family programs, guided tours and special events. The education programs include agricultural and natural resource education field trips, vacation day programs, summer camps, an "Adventures" program for preschoolers, an apprenticeship/internship program, Children's Farmyard, family programs and educator training programs.

Smokey House Center
Contact: Sue Katt
426 Danby Mountain Road
Danby, Vermont 05739
Phone: (802) 293-5121
Fax: (802) 293-5650
Email: shc@smokeyhouse.org

Since 1974, middle and high school students have come to our 5,000 acre outdoor classroom, to do farming, forestry, and ecological research -- learning in the process, science, math, ecology, communications, reading, writing, problem-solving, critical thinking, responsibility and teamwork. We offer two applied-learning programs -- our Youthwork Program for at-risk high school students and our Environmental Field Studies Program for mainstream middle and high school students.

Sterling College
P.O. Box 72
Craftsbury Common, VT 05827
Phone: (802) 586-7711
Fax: (802) 586-2596
Email: admissions@sterlingcollege.edu
Website: www.sterlingcollege.edu
Type of organization: four-year, private college

As the nation's only residential year-round college Sterling offers Bachelor of Arts Degrees in six areas of environmental studies: Sustainable Agriculture, Conservation Ecology, Outdoor Education & Leadership, Environmental Humanities, Natural History, and Northern Studies. Located in the northern Green Mountains of Vermont, Sterling College utilizes its setting as a natural laboratory. Over the summer months the college hosts its Rural Heritage Institute, Wildbranch Writing Workshops, and offers a full Summer Semester.

Sterling's focus on experiential education - the philosophy of educators engaging students through direct, hands-on experience - is emphasized in Sterling's motto, "Working Hands, Working Minds." As one of the nation seven Work Colleges all students work on campus and in the surrounding community for a portion of tuition cost. Academics are an integrated aspect of daily life, both in the classroom and outside in nature and the community. The college also offers a comprehensive internship program and international field study opportunities.

Sterling has a student body of 105, a student to faculty ratio of 7:1, and an average class size of 10. Twenty-five percent of all food served is grown or raised on Sterling's organic farms. The main campus has 130 acres of woodlands and pastures, with 300 acres of Boreal wetlands. Sterling is close to world-class hiking, biking, ski mountains, and many other recreational opportunities. www.sterlingcollege.edu

UVM Extension Center for Sustainable Agriculture
Contact: Linda Berlin
106 High Point Center, Ste 300
Burlington, VT 05446
Phone: (802) 656-5459
Fax: (802) 656-8874
Email: sustainable.agriculture@uvm.edu
Website: www.uvm.edu/sustainableagriculture
Type of organization: extension service

Established in 1994, the Center for Sustainable Agriculture provides timely information to Vermont communities and the UVM campus. The Center cultivates understanding, innovative practices and policies to advance sustainable food and farming in VT and beyond. Our vision is for sustainable food systems that foster successful farmers, cultivate environmental stewardship and enhance the quality of life and vitality of our communities. Annual events include conferences, workshops and farm tours. A quarterly newsletter, "Cultivating Connections," is available, along with books, conference proceedings, fact sheets and videos available for purchase. A complete listing is available on our website.

University of Vermont's Farmer Apprentice Program
Reese Baker
802.656.8657
rcbaker@uvm.edu
www.learn.uvm.edu/sustainability/farmer-apprentice-program/

The University of Vermont, in partnership with the Intervale Center, has created a five-month intensive program for aspiring farmers that provides a hands-on, entrepreneurial approach to sustainable farming. What is it? This program offers participants the unique opportunity to manage their own growing site, take classes from professors and farmers and rotate as workers and learners between successful, diverse farms at the award-winning Intervale Center in Burlington, Vermont. This program will provide an intense, supportive experience where participants leave with a Certificate in Sustainable Farming, a deeper understanding of agricultural management and small-scale farming, and the entrepreneurial skills to start their own operation.

The Farmer Apprentice Program dates will be from (May31-November 4).

    Aspiring farmers should attend:
  • Who are looking for a career in sustainable farming or interest in organic practices
  • Who want to create sustainable food systems
  • Who value a comprehensive education in all aspects of the business of farming, including selling and distribution
  • Who want a hands-on "on the farm" experience
  • Who are changing careers to a more environmentally connected profession
  • Who want to live and learn in Vermont about small-scale, diversified farming

To learn about our partners and host farms please visit:
The Intervale Center, www.intervale.org
Intervale Community Farm, www.intervalecommunityfarm.com
Half Pint Farm, www.halfpintfarm.com
Bread and Butter Farm, www.breadandbutterfarm.com
City Market, www.citymarket.coop

To learn more about the program or apply to be a participant, please visit www.learn.uvm.edu/sustainability/farmer-apprentice-program/.

Outside of New England

The Edible Schoolyard
1781 Rose Street
Berkeley, CA 94703
Phone (510) 558-1335
Fax: (510) 558-1334
Email: info@edibleschoolyard.org
Website: www.edibleschoolyard.org

The Edible Schoolyard, in collaboration with Martin Luther King Junior Middle School, provides urban public school students with a one-acre organic garden and a kitchen classroom. Using food systems as a unifying concept, students learn how to grow, harvest, and prepare nutritious seasonal produce. Experiences in the kitchen and garden foster a better understanding of how the natural world sustains us, and promote the environmental and social well being of our school community.

Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE)
Website: www.sare.org

Since 1988, the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program has helped advance farming systems that are profitable, environmentally sound and good for communities through a nationwide research and education grants program. The program, part of USDA's Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service, funds projects and conducts outreach designed to improve agricultural systems.

Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project
Contact: Emily Jackson
306 West Haywood St
Ashville, NC 28801
Phone: (828) 236-1282, ext 101
Fax: (828) 236-1280
Email: Emily@asapconnections.org
Website: www.asapconnections.org

The Project is a non-profit organization that supports farmers and rural communities in the mountains of western North Carolina and the southern Appalachians by providing education, mentoring, promotion, web resources, and community and policy development. Our mission is to create and expand regional community-based and integrated food systems that are locally owned and controlled, environmentally sound, economically viable and health-promoting. Our vision is a future food system throughout the mountains of North Carolina and the southern Appalachians that provides a safe and nutritious food supply for all segments of society; that is produced, marketed and distributed in a manner that enhances human and environmental health; and that adds economic and social value to rural and urban communities.

Garden Raised Bounty
2016 Elliott Ave NW
Olympia, WA 98502
Phone: (360) 753-5522
Email: grub@olywa.net
Website: www.goodgrub.org

Garden-Raised Bounty (GRuB) is a grassroots non-profit organization dedicated to nourishing a strong community by empowering people and growing good food.

We grow inspired, self-confident and community-minded youth through educational and employment opportunities. We help low-income families and seniors to help themselves by building raised-bed gardens at their homes. Our work is guided by our core values: caring youth and adult partnerships, strong communities, sustainable land stewardship, education, and good food for all people.

We work in Thurston & Mason counties in Washington State.

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