SFA’s Deep Roots Farmer Development Program’s classes give new farmers the skills and resources they need to build a sustainable farm business – hands-on experience unavailable with any other new farmer training program.
As one student put it, SFA Deep Roots Farm Skills 101 taught her “all sorts of things we didn’t know we didn’t know.”
Farm Skills 101 is producing a new generation of farmers who learn the skills needed to launch or shift into a sustainable farm business. It also builds incredibly strong bonds between classmates and instructors – students graduate with the hands-on skills necessary for forage-based livestock producers as well as a built-in support network.
Holly Pearson, a fall 2015 FS101 graduate, said the program changed her outlook toward her farm future.
“I 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,” she said. “I think this class has made me a better human.”
Amy Fenn, another fall 2015 graduate, called FS101 “a jawdroppingly fabulous program.” Here’s her recap of skills learned:
“Built fences (high tensile & portable electric), learned some knots and grazing strategies, administered basic animal healthcare, butchered turkeys and a sheep, trimmed hooves and inserted ear tags, learned to read a plat book, drove a tractor, repacked rotary bearings in a trailer wheel, built wooden sawhorses, learned to tell if a hen is still laying eggs or not, and much more.”
Space is still available for the Spring 2016 semester, which will be held on April 15-16, 22-23 and 29-30 at farms near Alexandria, Minn.
Breaking News: SFA member Katy Olson has created a scholarship, funded by the Universal Unitarian Church of Underwood, to provide financial aid to an individual committed to sustainability in agriculture, who also demonstrates leadership and communication skills. This scholarship will fund full Farm Skills 101 tuition for one student or half tuition for two students. To learn more, visit our Deep Roots homepage.