Old Fort at Hesperus Sustainable Agriculture Programs

Old Fort Market GardensThe 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. 

Our three primary programs are:

The 2019 Growing Season is in full swing.  We have six interns, three Farmers in Training and six incubator farms operating three independent businesses.  

If you are interested in the 2020 season, applications will be available in November.  Sample applications can be downloaded below.  Please check out our Instagram or Facebook to see what the farmers are up to this summer.  

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Program Information 

2019 Sample Application for Farmer in Training Program  PDF Version Word Version

2019 Sample Application for Market Garden Incubator Program PDF Version  Word Version

Site Guidelines

To learn more about how to enjoy our products, check out these pages:

Education Garden
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.
Farmer in Training
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.

Market Garden Incubator
The program's mission is "To offer an alternative point of entry for beginning farmers in the Four Corners region, providing them with access to support services that enable them to develop the skills necessary to succeed."