Farmer Starter Program Details  

Program dates:

The Spring 2020 session will go from February 18th through June 25th, 2020.


Applications for the Spring 2020 session are still being accepted for a limited time.  ​Financial aid is still available.


Student schedule:

  • Students meet on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 7:30am to 4:00pm.

  • Mornings are spent in the field with the Farm Manager getting valuable hands-on experience and growing food for our Mobile Markets.

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

  • Students spend an additional 4 to 6 hours per season with Farmshare Staff at a Mobile Market to learn the ins and outs of direct marketing and Farmers' Market sales.

  • Class size: 8 students maximum.


Application process:

  • Applications are reviewed by the Education Manager, who will follow up to schedule an interview and farm tour.

Tuition, room & board:

  • Tuition is $3,000.

  • Students have the option of living on the farm during the semester for an additional $1,500 for the 20 weeks. Accommodations include a full size bed in a loft in our Farmhouse, full kitchen and shared bath.

  • Farmshare awards need-based scholarships and offers workshare programs as financial aid.

  • Scholarships are also available through CCOF’s Future Organic Farmer Grant (application period is April 1- May 6th) 


Skills desired:

  • Applicants should have a passion for local food production and organic 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.

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


Please contact Farmshare Austin with any questions about the program: 

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