Photo Credit: Urbavore Urban Farm
Established in 2004, the Growing Growers apprenticeship program provides hands-on experience combined with reading, classes, and training that will give you the basics you need to get started farming.
Apprentices work on local, sustainably-run farms, where they experience the daily operations of a farm. They also attend workshops & farm tours, meet new and experienced farmers, receive textbooks and obtain on-the-job formal training from their host farmers. Paid and unpaid positions are available, and they typically run March - October, depending on the host farm’s needs.
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The Beginning Farmer Wholesale Project presents a new opportunity for our region’s farmers to grow their business and the scale of local food production. The target audience for the project is a producer with no more than 10 years in operation, both urban and rural, with aspirations to expand in size and/or explore new market channels for their produce.
Farmer services include wholesale workshops, a Mentor Farmer Program, One-on-One Technical Assistance, Farmer-to-Buyer matching, and soon a Foodshed GIS Map, Video Series and the Demystifying the Wholesale Market Manual.
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The Growing Growers program hosts a listserv of hundreds of members to provide networking opportunities for growers, buyers, educators, Extension professionals, restaurant owners, Growing Growers apprentices and workshop participants to talk with one another.
This is a place to share ideas, answer questions, share grower information, share educational opportunities, and funding opportunities. This social network is important in keeping the local food system alive and connected.
MAY 6th 12:30pm-2:30pm:
MAY 6th 5:30pm-7:15pm:
MAY 7th: 8:30am-3:30pm
MAY 8th-9th: 10:00am-4:00pm:
MAY 10th 3:00-5:00pm:
MAY 18th & 25th 1:00-5:00pm:
MAY 28th 8:00am-5:00pm:
JUNE 12th 9:00am-12:00pm:
JUNE 17th 5:30pm-7:15pm:
JULY 1st 5:00pm-7:15pm:
JULY 13th 3:00pm-5:00pm:
USDA LISTENING SESSION ON COVID-19 IMPACTS ON NEW FARMERS. ONLINE.
LINCOLN UNIVERSITY EXTENSION'S GARDEN HEALTH MANAGEMENT. ONLINE.
KRC's LOCAL FOOD CONNECTIONS VIRTUAL CONFERENCE. ONLINE.
MIAMI COUNTY SPRING FARM TOUR. IN-PERSON.
GROWING GROWERS: INTRODUCTION TO PRODUCE SAFETY WORKSHOP. ONLINE.
KSRE's FSMA PRODUCE SAFETY GROWER TRAINING. ONLINE.
KSRE's FSMA PRODUCE SAFETY GROWER TRAINING. BARNETT, MO.
GROWING GROWERS: IRRIGATION WORKSHOP. TBA.
POWELL GARDENS' POND MANAGEMENT WORKSHOP. KINGSVILLE, MO.
LINCOLN UNIVERSITY EXTENSION'S HARVESTING TRAINING. ONLINE.
GROWING GROWERS: INSECTS, DISEASE & WEED MANAGEMENT. TBA.
LINCOLN UNIVERSITY EXTENSION'S SELLING HOME GROWN PRODUCTS. ONLINE.
KSRE's GAPS FOOD SAFETY PLAN WORKSHOP. ONLINE.