B e g i n n e r F a r m e r ‘s T r a i n i n g
Sustainable Agriculture: Introductory Track
Do you like the outdoors? Sustainable farming? Nutrition? Produce that is grown locally and organically?
● Career pathway to employment in the Sustainable Agricultural labor market with an accurate work experience on a commercial farm
● An authentic versus facility-based work skills development experience
● Educates participants on industry standards and workplace practices
● Positions trainees in interest level areas thereby increasing trainee’s self-esteem, motivation and performance.
● Links trainee with networks, employers, and work opportunities within the Sustainable Agricultural labor market
● Adapts training meet physical needs of individuals byway of making accommodations, modifications and or use of adaptive tools and techniques
● Teaches participants about helpful community resources relevant to the employment process
● Partners with employers who serve in an advisory capacity for shaping and impacting future trainings
● Engages in joint projects with staff, community partners, and the public to promote participant career readiness
This 12-week training in Sustainable Agriculture teaches fundamentals of small scale organic farming. The request for local, organic produce is on the rise whether it be demands from from grocers, farm-to-table restaurants or local markets for high-quality fruits and vegetables. This training program may serve as a pre-requisite to our Certificate Track that incorporates a 10- month curriculum in Sustainable Agriculture (Referred to as “Breaking New Ground”). After a successful completion of the 12 -week training, a participant may choose to move forward into the certificate program to continue training for an additional seven months. This also follows the approval of DORS as well as the teaching staff at TALMAR. It offers both an educational and hands-on practicum in the small-scale sustainable farming industry based on a USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) aligned curriculum.
The outcome of this training will enable the participant to find, maintain and succeed in an entry level position in the agricultural industry. Participants will be divested in classroom-based lessons which incorporate both hard and soft-skills necessary for the labor market. Trainees will spend approximately four weeks learning the basics of organic farming. Instruction will include the most up-to-date education and practices regarding farming. Clients will transition into the industry easily byway of off-site mentoring opportunities and on-the-job training experiences. Trainees are coached on how to design career plans for appropriating positions that meet their interest and ability levels. They will acquire techniques for meeting employers expectations, developing resumes, composing competitive cover letters, completing applications, tips for interviewing, learn and the means for garnering applicable references.