RFC’s programs combine hands-on training, classes, and farm-based experience on a diverse network of commercial family farms in Oregon. RFC offers real world opportunities for both the beginner and the advanced student of agriculture seeking in-depth training to launch their own farm business.
RFC’s land-based network includes farms and ranches in Oregon’s Rogue Valley, South Willamette Valley, Portland Area and Central Oregon. Led by dedicated mentors and agricultural professionals, RFC offers opportunities to learn organic vegetable, herb, seed and flower production, animal husbandry and a diversity of marketing and distribution techniques.
FarmsNext is an introductory internship program designed for the student with little or no farming experience. FarmsNext is an entire season of hands-on training and skills-based education in sustainable agriculture. This full immersion on-farm experience combines field training with a mentor farmer, a class series with agricultural professionals and expert farmers, farm tours, peer discussion and independent study.
FarmsNOW is an advanced apprenticeship program designed for the student who has a solid foundation of farm experience and the goal of managing a farm operation. FarmsNOW is for those seeking mastery in the art and business of farming. This program will propel beginning/intermediate farmers to the next level of planning, designing, and running integrated farming systems.