DEAR NEW FARM:
I would love to find an online course on organic farming
geared toward prospective and new farmers! Please keep me
updated! Is the current course you are developing at all relevant
for someone beginning an organic farm enterprise?
This is a question we hear often, Sharlena. As we mentioned
to another reader this month, the course has been written
and is with our design team and should be set to go sometime
within the next calendar year.
While the course was designed for conventional farmers converting
to organic, there’s plenty there for the beginning farmer.
You will learn about soil science, crop selection, rotation,
marketing, writing a farm plan and just about everything you
need to know to put you on the road to becoming a successful
certified organic farmer (at least to get you going; there’s
no substitute for experience). You might have a little bit
if a head start if you're already a conventional farmer; then
again, if you are new to farming, you'll be starting with
a clean slate.
us with comments, suggestions and questions.