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:
MARCH 2nd & 3rd:
MARCH 4th 7:00pm:
MARCH 5th 12:00-1:00pm:
MARCH 18th 3:30pm-4:30pm
MARCH 18th & 25th:
MARCH 24th 6:00-7:00pm
APRIL 15th 3:30pm-4:30pm:
APRIL 21st 3:00pm-5:00pm:
MAY 10th 3:00-5:00pm:
MU's COMMERCIAL VEGETABLE PRODUCTION SERIES. ONLINE. (ONGOING)
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.
KSRE's: KANSAS PRODUCE SAFETY UPDATE. ONLINE.
MU's SELLING LOCAL FOOD IN MISSOURI SERIES: SESSION 2. ONLINE.
MU's SELLING LOCAL FOOD IN MISSOURI SERIES: SESSION 3. ONLINE.
MU's DISASTER MANAGEMENT & EMERGENCY PLANNING. ONLINE.
KSU/MU's PRODUCE SAFETY GROWER TRAINING. ONLINE.
PRODUCTION PLANNING & PLANT PROPAGATION. ONLINE.
MU's SELLING LOCAL FOOD IN MISSOURI SERIES: SESSION 4. ONLINE.
KSU/MU's WILDLIFE CONTROL FOR PRODUCE GROWERS. ONLINE.
BUILDING HEALTHY SOILS. ONLINE.
MU's COVID-19 & FOOD SYSTEM SERIES: SUPPLY CHAINS. ONLINE.
KU/MU's GAPS FOOD SAFETY PLAN WORKSHOP. ONLINE.
SMALL FARM EQUIPMENT. HYBRID FORMAT.
INTRODUCTION TO PRODUCE SAFETY WORKSHOP. ONLINE.