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.
JAN. 11th - MAR, 22nd:
JAN. 28th - 30th: 9:00 am-12:30pm
FEBRUARY 4th. 7:00pm:
FEBRUARY 12th & 13th:
FEBRUARY 19th: 8:30am-12:30pm:
FEB. 24th. 3:00-5:00pm:
MARCH 2nd & 3rd:
MARCH 4th: 7:00pm:
MU's COMMERCIAL VEGETABLE PRODUCTION SERIES. ONLINE. (ONGOING)
NO-TILL ON THE PLAINS' ANNUAL WINTER CONFERENCE. VIRTUAL.
MU'S AGROFORESTRY SYMPOSIUM: COMMUNITY HEALTH & REGIONAL FOOD SYSTEMS. ONLINE.
KSU's SMALL ACRES AGRICULTURE- SMALL FRUIT WORKSHOP. ONLINE
KANSAS RURAL CENTER'S POLLINATOR SUMMIT. ONLINE.
KSU's WOMEN MANAGING THE FARM CONFERENCE. ONLINE.
GREAT PLAINS GROWERS CONFERENCE. ONLINE
FROM THE LAND OF KANSAS' FARMERS MARKET REGIONAL WORKSHOP. ONLINE.
KU/MU's:GAPS FOOD SAFETY PLAN WORKSHOP. ONLINE.
MU's SELLING LOCAL FOOD IN MISSOURI SERIES: SESSION 1. ONLINE.
MID-AMERICA ORGANIC CONFERENCE. ONLINE.
KSU's SMALL ACRES AG- OPPORTUNITIES WITH SPECIALTY CROPS. ONLINE.
MU's SELLING LOCAL FOOD IN MISSOURI SERIES: SESSION 2. ONLINE.
MU's SELLING LOCAL FOOD IN MISSOURI SERIES: SESSION 3. ONLINE.
PRODUCTION PLANNING & PLANT PROPAGATION. ONLINE.
MU's SELLING LOCAL FOOD IN MISSOURI SERIES: SESSION 4. ONLINE.
BUILDING HEALTHY SOILS. ONLINE.
SMALL FARM EQUIPMENT. HYBRID FORMAT.