Aspiring Farmer Fellowship

Cultivating Food Systems Leaders with In-the-field Experience

Big Muddy Urban Farm’s mission is to make sustainable agriculture education accessible to all. Central to this mission is our program, the Aspiring Farmer Fellowship, which offers a tuition-free, service-learning experience building skills, growing community, and cultivating local food system leadership. We are looking for several candidates for the 2022 Aspiring Farmer Fellowship. Check out the program and request an application before October 31.

We’ve designed a season-length Fellowship program that is as challenging as it is rewarding.

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The Fellowship includes:

  • a spring training period
  • housing and community building activities
  • farm tours
  • regular partnerships with community organizations
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THE LEARNING EXPERIENCE

Spring Training

Spring training is the primary skills acquisition time period before the season begins and techniques, ideas, and concepts are implemented. The training consists of 14 weeks of workshops, discussions, and presentations revolving around sustainable farming techniques and topics. Big Muddy relies on the talented support of farmers and practitioners in our community to facilitate curriculum as guest instructors. Possible topics for workshops in 2022 are introductory soil health, plant propagation, compost, chicken care, food injustice, harvest and processing, market presentation, integrated pest management, business and regulatory environment, to name a few. The full instructor and topic list is published in December.

 Mentorship

Each fellow is matched with a mentor from the farming community to connect with at least once a month. After spring training, mentorship becomes a significant influence to help fellows discuss challenges and successes of their hands-on beginning farming experience.

Field Walks

Each fellow is matched with a mentor from the farming community to connect with at least once a month. After spring training, mentorship becomes a significant influence to help fellows discuss challenges and successes of their hands-on beginning farming experience.

Food Systems Tours

Each fellow is matched with a mentor from the farming community to connect with at least once a month. After spring training, mentorship becomes a significant influence to help fellows discuss challenges and successes of their hands-on beginning farming experience.

THE FARMING EXPERIENCE

Greenhouse Management

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Chicken Care

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Preparing Soil & Planting

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Weed and Pest Management

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Harvesting

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Market

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COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

Serve with Community Partner

Spring training is the primary skills acquisition time period before the season begins and techniques, ideas, and concepts are implemented. The training consists of 14 weeks of workshops, discussions, and presentations revolving around sustainable farming techniques and topics. Big Muddy relies on the talented support of farmers and practitioners in our community to facilitate curriculum as guest instructors. Possible topics for workshops in 2022 are introductory soil health, plant propagation, compost, chicken care, food injustice, harvest and processing, market presentation, integrated pest management, business and regulatory environment, to name a few. The full instructor and topic list is published in December.

Neighborhood Support

Each fellow is matched with a mentor from the farming community to connect with at least once a month. After spring training, mentorship becomes a significant influence to help fellows discuss challenges and successes of their hands-on beginning farming experience.

Community Events

Each fellow is matched with a mentor from the farming community to connect with at least once a month. After spring training, mentorship becomes a significant influence to help fellows discuss challenges and successes of their hands-on beginning farming experience.
Each fellow is matched with a mentor from the farming community to connect with at least once a month. After spring training, mentorship becomes a significant influence to help fellows discuss challenges and successes of their hands-on beginning farming experience.

LIVING IN COMMUNITY

LIVING IN COMMUNITY

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HOUSING

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AGREEMENT

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APPLICATION PROCESS