Glynwood Center for Regional Food and Farming
Why we love it: Glynwood offers apprenticeships in soil farming that include onsite housing in the Hudson Valley and a living stipend. The program covers everything from managing a farm budget to tractor training, and the majority of their alumni continue careers in agriculture.
Green City Force
Why we love it: Green City Force is an Americorps program training young leaders to power a green and inclusive economy through service. They have six farms built across NYCHA (New York City Housing Authority) developments and work directly with communities to develop solutions for green infrastructure.
University of Arizona Intensives
University Training Program
Why we love it: UA Controlled Environment Agriculture Center (CEAC) is one of the few university programs that focuses intensely on greenhouse growing and hydroponics. They offer week-long courses that teach the details of growing hydroponic tomatoes and lettuce, in addition to a greenhouse design course. They feature industry leaders and cover topics like food safety, budgets, and marketing.
Why we love it: Learn to farm online! While nothing can replace hands-on learning, Upstart offers online resources and courses to get your farm up and running.
Good Food Jobs
Why we love it: Getting a job in farming is one of the best ways to learn about, well, farming. Good Food Jobs is the central hub for food and farming jobs.
Why we love it: Soulfire Farm is a community farm in upstate New York committed to ending racism and injustice in the food system. Their annual farming immersion programs for aspiring and beginner growers of Black, Indigenous, and Latinx heritage teach basic skills in regenerative farming.
Square Roots Next-Gen Farmer Training Program
We would be remiss if we didn’t include our own farmer training program! The Next-Gen Farmer Training Program is aimed at new farmers, or those at early stages in their careers. Participants initially join the Square Roots farm team as an apprentice grower (a full-time, paid position, similar to an internship). Through our proprietary training methodology and hands-on experience, apprentice growers rapidly learn the essential farm skills needed to move into permanent roles on the farm team and accelerate their careers.
GROW NYC Beginning Farmer Program
Why we love it: Based in NYC, the Beginning Farmer Program trains new and aspiring farmers within New York City, Upstate New York, New Jersey, and Northeastern Pennsylvania. The program’s aim is to keep farmland in production and strengthen rural communities.