FarmsNext offers more hands-on ‘in the field’ training hours than any other program. You will be working with and learning from your mentor farmer nearly every day of the farming season. And, you will be working hard.
Throughout the farming season, you will be exposed to all aspects of what it takes to successfully run an economically viable agricultural enterprise by people who are making their livelihood from the land.
With more than 15 farm tours, you will gain exposure to numerous farms, farmers, and their operations.
Our classes are taught by expert farmers and agricultural professionals, giving you first-hand knowledge from some of the pioneers of sustainable agriculture.
The social network created though the FarmsNext program offers camaraderie, peer-to-peer information exchange, community networking opportunities and many fun events throughout the season (like camp outs, potlucks, team relay races, parties, and skill exchange workshops).
You will live and work in some of the most beautiful and wild places in the country. Oregon offers unparalleled access to vast farmland, vibrant communities, wild forests, mountains, desert canyons, rivers, beaches and more!
You will have access to a wide array of opportunities and professionals to learn from various aspects of the whole food system, from Farm to School to food security and access, production and distribution to processing and marketing.