All applicants must be ready to devote themselves to an intensive and focused learning experience. We aim to create a healthy and vibrant learning community where students will learn from one another as much as they will learn from the land and from the program instructors. To this end, we look to recruit a diverse cohort of students who bring a wide variety of skills, experience, goals and passions and who can engage and contribute positively to our working and learning community. The program is not appropriate for those seeking an initial exposure or inquiry into organic farming; it is intended for participants who know they want to commit to work in local and organic food production or education.
In your application we want to learn about YOU. We want to hear about how you have come to be interested in and committed to organic farming and food production as your career path. Your written answers are the most important aspect of the application. This application will represent you – you should communicate what you want us to know about your experience and why you are committed to a career in local sustainable and organic food production. Previous work on a farm is highly encouraged and applicants who have worked on a farm will be favored. Previous relevant education, life and work experience that have prepared you to operate your own farming business, production oriented educational program, or work as a manager on a farm are a plus.
The OFTP is a serious commitment! In addition to a full day of class each Monday, you will need 2 to 6+ hours per week for readings and assignments. Many of the assignments are related to writing a Farm Business Plan. Participants are encouraged to write a Farm Business Plan, even if you are not 100% certain where or when the farm will emerge. You can also write a plan for an existing non-profit or farm if the farm or organization is willing to work with you.
We also want you to consider this program as much as we are considering you. Please feel free to ask questions to help you decide if this is the right program for you. We highly recommend that you schedule a visit to the Student Organic Farm meet us and to see our farm in action!
PLEASE FILL OUT THE FORM BELOW and answer all application questions directly on this form.
PLEASE SUBMIT ALL OTHER APPLICATION MATERIALS TO US VIS MAIL OR EMAIL, INCLUDING:-transcripts-resume-2 professional letters of recommendation (not friends or family)-$50 application fee (fee waived through September 1st, 2017, checks made out to Michigan State University).
Emailed documents can be sent to email@example.com, subject line "OFTP Application Materials"
MAILED DOCUMENTS CAN BE SENT TO:Katie BrandtOrganic Farmer Training ProgramMSU Student Organic FarmPlant & Soil Science Building1066 Bogue St., Room A288East Lansing, MI 48824
CONTACT:If you would like more information on the program or to arrange a visit, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and include Organic Farmer Training Program in the subject line or call the farm at 517-230-7987.
PROGRAM DETAILS:~Duration: 33 weeks of instruction, March 19th-November 19th~Class Time: Mondays 9:00-5:00~Program Fee: $3,600 plus required books~Location: MSU Student Organic Farm (East Lansing, Michigan)~Scholarships Available!~The early application deadline is September 1, 2017 (fee waived). ~Admissions are rolling – we will continue to accept applications until the cohort is filled!