BOOTSTRAP @ WILD RIDGE FARM – FARMER TRAINING

By Alissa of Wild Ridge Farm It was clear from the beginning of my farming internship at Chubby Bunny Farm that my boss, Dan Hayhurst, loved the work of growing vegetables. Most mornings I would be lying in bed, just waking up around 6:30 am, and I’d hear his truck roll up to the barn. I’d listen as Dan got out and started hauling sacks of feed out of the barn to drive out to the small flock of chickens and few pigs on pasture. This was my cue... Read More

Act now for beginning farmers – support the Opportunity Act!

It’s not too late to speak up for beginning farmers! The Beginning Farmer and Rancher Opportunity Act is worth getting excited about!But first let’s make sure it gets the support it needs: Click here now! Last month, we announced that Republicans and Democrats in both houses of Congress introduced a new bill to give young and beginning farmers the support they deserve.  Despite all the partisan bickering in Washington these days, the... Read More

The Farm Bill’s Real Impact – BFRDP Helps Train the Next Generation

My name is Sophie Ackoff, I have been an apprentice at Glynwood Farm.  Like so many other beginning farmers today, I don’t come from a farming family and I have no land or agricultural skills to inherit from my parents.  I believe that the government needs to support beginning farmers and shouldn’t short-change farmer training programs.  Please act now to send that message to Congress. I grew up in suburban Southern California, a region... Read More

Inside Farm Beginnings, Part 1.

As a young person with a budding interest in farming, but little in the way of knowledge or experience, where does one turn? I first dabbled in farming while I was still in college, taking plant, animal, and soil science classes at the Ag school. Exploring farming through academics was valuable for me, but served only as an introduction. After graduating I sought an education beyond the textbook in the form of a farm apprenticeship. Two years later,... Read More