Farmer-in-training (FIT) Program

Ana Henry in the garden2022 Program Dates: May 16 to October 14

  • Orientation: May 16-20
  • Course 1 & 2: May 24 – July 7
  • Course 3 & 4: July 12 – August 25
  • Course 5 & 6: August 30 – October 13

Hourly wages: approximately $3350 total, $300 every other week

Course Fees: $2100 for 6 courses, with full and partial scholarships available

Native American Agriculture Fund (NAAF): For FITs who identify as Native American, grant funds provide an additional living stipend of $2,500 per summer and provide at least 50% scholarships.

Program Description

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. Requiring a commitment of about 25 hours per week, FITs work with program staff to tend 2-3 acres of vegetable production, learning 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 other land access opportunities, business planning, and community support. The Old Fort will provide a list of short-term housing options, but housing is not provided. 

Program graduates will have completed:

  • Six summer short courses (each meets for 2 hours/week for 7 weeks)
  • Over 250 hours of work in the fields
  • At least 8 field trips to exemplary regional farms

Applications & Information

Positions are open until filled. Priority given to applications received by February 28, 2022.

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