2024 Program Dates: May 14 – October 4
Wages for field work: $15/hour, about $3,600 for the season.
Living stipend: Up to $2,500 available for Native American farmers and farmers from other communities underrepresented in farming.
Get credit for farming: Students can take between 7 and 11 credits as part of the program, with scholarships available for summer courses
If you’re a non-student or graduating in May 2024, course fees are up to $2400; full and partial scholarships available.
Deadlines: Apply by February 1 and hear by March 1; Apply by March 1 to hear by April 1.
Farmers-in-training (FITs) gain hands-on experience growing vegetables at high elevation. Through morning field work and afternoon classes and field trips, the FIT program provides a strong foundation for aspiring and beginning farmers. FITs work with program staff to tend about two acres of vegetables, learning new and traditional skills and techniques vital to farming at high elevation. FITs join the Old Fort staff and program partners in a network committing to supporting beginning farmers through incubator and land access opportunities, business planning, and community support.
Work and class schedules require a 22-hour/week commitment:
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