Aspiring Farmer Residency

Every year, Big Muddy Urban Farm hosts Five Aspiring Farmer Residents for a unique educational experience in urban farming, community building, and business training.

What will you get from the experience? The Big Picture up front.

Prospective Resident – Need to Know

Application Process
– applications are open July 22 to September 30
– request an application, we will send you the application
– take a look at what the application looks like
– After the application open call period, a four person selection committee looks them over and schedules interviews with candidates that match admission requirements and display an eagerness to learn and work in a team. The selection committee takes into consideration the candidates full experience and eagerness to learn during assessment on criteria of maturity, learning, teamwork. the If you do not have much experience, we think that’s great, it’s opportunity for growth and we are a great place for beginners to find their start.

Who are we looking for?
– beginners
– excited about the prospective of working with the weather
– ability and discipline to have informed self-study
– can work in a team and live with roommates of varying backgrounds
– land association and the appeal to different demographics.

Costs and Scholarship

The aspiring farmer residency is a cost-effective education center as it is in pursuit of our mission of being dedicated to making sustainable agriculture education accessible. There are a few costs you need to consider in joining the program.

  • A deposit of one month’s rent – Upon entry into the program you will need to deposit $600 as retainer for your stay in the residency. This deposit will be returned to the resident at the end of the year. The deposit return can be withheld based on any behavioral sanctions that would occur during a residents stay or if there was damage done to the residency/farm facilities during a residents stay. The program is primarily supported by grants and contributions by individual community members. Deposits are only a measure of accountability and not a source of revenue for the program.
  • Opportunity costs – the program requires commitment. It will be a year-long and this being a farm, with land based biological activity, we do have time off, but will require residents to limit extended travel to two weeks for the year and . We are looking for people who are dedicated to their learning and self-development and will make the most of the year by immersing themselves in the activity of the farm. Apart from the year-long commitment, the residency is predicated on a work-exchange relationship. Residents are required to full-fill a minimum of 20 hours of work/study per week. We believe you’ll grow in so many ways by joining our program, but it will require dedication and a time commitment that you must be willing to follow through on. Here is an example schedule that a resident takes on as it goes throughout the seasons. Statement of time and labor and anti-oppressive practices. This program will help you build your skills. You need to invest the time, rather than money, into it and into yourself and the community will support you while you receive the prestigious title of being a Big Muddy Urban Farm Resident.

Curriculum, Educational Structure and Experience

This is resident led to a certain extent. You will be given a plot to be the responsible point person of. This means you are in charge of the water, weed, and pest management. Each plot varies in size, characteristics, and distance from residency. We match residents experiences and personalities to each plot. We practice crop rotation for healthy soils and plants, which means that the plot you are in charge of will be limited to a certain crop families, allowing you to do a deep dive into and build a relationship with these crop families. As a whole, each resident will have a different crop family, for the most part, and to learn the many crops holistically, we learn that through peer-learning and being a unified farm as a whole. If you are not interested in shared ownership and adhering to a crop rotation, working with a few specific crop families intensely and other crops more peripheral, this program may not be for you.

  • Syllabus
  • Schedule
  • Farmer Tours
  • Mentorship

Additional Requirements of the position

  • Chickens
  • Youth Garden
  • Farm Tours