Registration is now open for the spring 2016 semester of our Deep Roots Farmer Development Program’s Farm Skills 101, which consists of around 50 hours of on-farm education in three weekends of fun and fulfilling learning. This hands-on training consists of days in the field, not field days – participants will need pants, closed-toe shoes, gloves and safety glasses.
Spring 2016 classes will be held on April 15-16, 22-23 and 29-30 at farms near Alexandria, Minn. Friday classes run from 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Saturdays 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Pack sack lunches and breakfasts; Friday local-foods suppers are included. Tuition also includes housing at nearby Viking Valley Hunt Club.
Deep Roots programs include small class sizes and individualized attention. Every student engages in the activities. This is real-world, real-time education.
Fall 2015 student Holly Pearson said of her experience, “I knew this was gonna be cool but have been blown away by the amount and caliber of material we’ve learned, the patience and awesomeness of the people involved and the simple elegance of sustainable farming methods. I think this class has made me a better human.”
Another student said FS 101 was a “jawdroppingly fabulous program in Minnesota where we learned all sorts of things that we didn’t know we didn’t know.”