WILLITS, Calif. — The School of Adaptive Agriculture is now accepting applications for its 2020 Practicum Program. Designed for those who want to learn about farming from the ground up, the Program is a 12-week residential immersion in farming, ranching and food production. Prospective students may be thinking about starting their own farm or ranch, interested in connecting a food business more closely to local farms, or serious about finding a career in support of sustainable and regenerative agriculture. Students spend three days a week working on local farms and ranches dedicated to educating new farmers, have a day of classes covering all aspects of sustainable agriculture, and devote one day to visiting a varied array of local farms and ranches. In depth analysis of these experiences and training in communications and leadership skills are integral parts of the curriculum.
Located at the beautiful Ridgewood Ranch outside of Willits, California, the School hosts two start-up farms and an experimental mini-farm devoted to testing and developing best-practice composting methods. The School’s curriculum covers the essentials of small-scale vegetable and livestock production, and grain growing and processing. Classes also introduce students to the history and economics of agriculture, approaches to sustainable agriculture, planning for profitable production, and the skills and industrial arts necessary to run a small-scale farm or ranch. Instructors are drawn from a select group of local farmers, ranchers, and specialists. Following the Program, students have the option of applying for an internship at a local farm.
For more information about our programs and workshops, visit adaptiveagriculture.org
–School of Adaptive Agriculture
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