Why does the program exist?
So that all people who desire to start their own organic vegetable farming businesses have access to education, land, infrastructure, markets, resources, and connections to meet their goals.
What is included in the program?
The Farmer Education Program provides education, land, infrastructure, and access to markets for beginning farmers. What is offered varies by each program track – see the full program description to learn where to start and what is included.
Am I eligible?
You are eligible for the program if…
- You would like to learn more about operating an organic vegetable farm in Minnesota
- You want to farm commercially (sell what you grow)
- You identify with a group that is historically under-represented in farming (immigrant, refugee, person of color, women, LGBTQ, veteran, low-income, or other)
- You have access to the resources needed to participate (transportation, money for the costs of the program, enough time to meet program requirements)
How do I apply?
- Step 1: Contact our office at 651-433-3676 to find out about upcoming information sessions and classes.
- Step 2: Attend an information session to go over the program details, ask questions, and tour or see a slideshow of the farm. Applications will be available.
- Step 3: Turn in your application to the Farmer Education Program Staff by Dec. 15. Submit your application to Ka Zoua Berry at [email protected] or mail it to Big River Farms, Farmer Education Program, 14220-B Ostlund Trail N, Marine on St Croix, MN 55047.
- Step 4: Our staff will follow up with you to determine if the program is a good fit and with information about what comes next.
Click here to read profiles of our Farmers-in-Training and Graduates.