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Farmer Starter Alumni

SPRING 2024 Farmer Starter applications Opening ON SEPTEMBER 1st !

Join the Fall 2023 wait-list by contacting us at

 Fall 2023 Farmer Starter Dates:
  • Program: August 9 through December 21
    • Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 7:30am to 4pm​

  • Applications accepted: March 1 - April 2
  • Interviews: Fridays in April from 7:30am to 12:00pm
  • Acceptance Announced: May 8
Student schedule:
  • Students meet on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 7:30am to 4:00pm.

  • Mornings are spent in the field with the Farm Team getting valuable hands-on experience growing food for our Food Access programs.

  • Afternoons are spent in the classroom with the Education Director learning the science and business of farm management, or on field trips to local farms to see a variety of farming practices.

  • Students spend an additional 6 hours per season with Farmshare Staff selling at an area Farmer's Market to learn the ins and outs of direct marketing and Farmers' Market sales.

  • When it is not safe to be in the classroom together during Covid-19 surges, we hold online classes in the afternoon . Our field schedule remains the same even during Covid-19 spikes, but we take added care to maintain social distance and mask in any indoor or enclosed spaces. We use Austin Public Health's Risk Based Guidelines as our guide for implementing Covid-19 safety practices.

Application process:
  • Submit your application online between 3/1/23 and 4/2/23

  • Applications are reviewed by the Education Director. Up to 24 applicants may be chosen to be shortlisted and move on to the interview process. 

  • Working interviews will be conducted each Friday morning in the month of April from 7:30am to noon. You will get a tour of the farm, a chance to work with the Farm Team in the field with other applicants and have a one on one interview with the Education Director.

  • Acceptance letters will be sent via e-mail by 5/8/23

  • Class size: 12 students maximum.​

  • Applicants who complete the interview process but are not admitted in the first round, may be placed on our waitlist to be notified if spaces open prior to the start of the program.

  • We have a needs-blind application process. Upon acceptance to the program, everyone is invited to apply for needs-based financial aid. 













Tuition & Financial Aid:
  • Tuition is $3,500.

  • Farmshare is committed to supporting students who have financial barriers to entering farming by offering need-based scholarships and work share programs as financial aid.

  • Upon acceptance to the program everyone is invited to apply for financial aid that may reduce tuition to as little as $500. 

  • If we are unable to meet your financial needs through direct tuition reduction, we may discuss work share opportunities to further reduce tuition in exchange for extra work on the farm.

  • Any remaining tuition is due before the class begins, or may be broken up into monthly payments for the duration of the course as needed.

  • Scholarships are also available through CCOF’s Future Organic Farmer Grant  or the National Young Farmer Grant Program 

Skills desired:
  • Applicants should have a passion for local food production and organic., regenerative agriculture.

  • Previous farm or garden experience is preferred but not necessary.

  • Candidates must demonstrate a strong desire to learn about small-scale, sustainable agriculture.

Additional considerations:
  • Students should be prepared to make a full season commitment and participate in all activities for the duration of the program.

  • Students must be comfortable and capable of performing strenuous physical work in a variety of conditions.

  • Students provide their own transportation to and from the farm and on field trips.


  • Part-time accommodation for 2 students may be available for an additional fee for the 20 weeks for students commuting more than 50 miles to the farm.

  • The farmhouse is a shared space with limited privacy and storage space, and by the nature of being on a farm, is dusty.

  • We’re sorry but we cannot accommodate pets at this time.

Contact with questions about the program.
Thank you to our Supporters

Donovan Family Fund

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