the old fort
The Old Fort at Hesperus is a growing and multi-faceted answer to farmer training in the Four Corners region. Welcoming everyone from college interns for brief summer experiences to incubator farmers ready to start a business, the Old Fort offers good (and challenging) growing conditions, supportive and knowledgeable staff, a lively farming community, and rich resources for high elevation market farming.
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2020 Sample Application for Farmer in Training Program 2019 FIT Application PDF 2019 FIT Application Word Document
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Get hands-on experience in ag work, whether you're cultivating the next generation of food system advocates and healthy eaters, or feeding them. Check out our experiential programs and get your hands... soily.
The Education Garden is a half acre production space devoted to giving Fort Lewis interns an introduction to small-scale sustainable farming. With two high tunnels in year-round production, the education garden provides greens to the FLC dining hall during the school year.
For those who want more experience before starting their own business or getting a farm job, farmers-in-training -(FITs) work 2-3 days per week, both in the Education Garden and co-managing a 1-acre plot in the Incubator Field from May through October.
Grow your dream of operating a market garden with land and water, irrigation and other infrastructure, as well as educational classes and market support. Best of all, the other visionary farmers you'll work alongside make great company on the journey.