Experience Farming Project

The Experience Farming Project is a self-directed and participant-driven opportunity for aspiring farmers to gain valuable hands-on experience while independently working a plot of land at one of two locations in the Snoqualmie Valley.  We provide access to the land, resources, and tools needed to get started as a successful farmer without the often prohibitive start-up costs associated with purchasing or leasing land and equipment.

Continued learning is a key component of the Experience Farming Project.  With the support of an experienced farmer mentor, participants set their own learning goals at the beginning of the season and evaluate their success in meeting these goals at the end.  Mentors are also available to answer questions and to direct participants to community resources that may promote learning.

As part of the Experience Farming Project, all participants will employ sustainable farming practices that support the continued integrity of the land at our host sites in accordance Certified Naturally Grown standards.

For more information:

Experience Farming Project Handbook 2015

Resources:

 New Farmer Core Competencies – a handbook from the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York. This document is a tool to provide activities and a comfortable context to monitor, reflect upon and track changes as an aspiring or new farmer  goes through a season of farm training. Its primary function for aspiring farmers and their mentors is identification of significant knowledge, experience or confidence gaps and the creation of a strategy to address those gaps.

Resources for Continued Learning – compiled by SnoValley Tilth farmers and volunteers.

 

To apply:

Send an email to Sean@snovalleytilth.org with

Name and contact information (phone, address) and short answers to these two questions:

Describe your farming experience.

Describe your goals for the program.