Chapel Hill, North Carolina — NC Women of the Land Agricultural Network (NC WOLAN) is offering The Farm School for Women, a residential on-farm training program designed specifically for women who, through knowledge and experience, value their connection to and stewardship of the land, have a passion for sustainable agriculture and are committed to the values of small scale farming. The residential program is located on Genesis Farm, a twenty-acre market and educational farm located near Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
For about 10 hours each week, students will engage in formal classes, on-farm workshops, and field trips. The students also will spend approximately 20 hours a week working on the farm, applying the concepts learned in classes: to growing the vegetables, caring for barnyard animals and learning practical, business and homesteading skills. Applicants are evaluated and accepted by a review panel based on background, desire and commitment to the program. The program is scheduled to run March to October 2012. Application forms and more information are available online at the NC Women of the Land Agricultural Network’s website. Enrollment is limited.
The school is a sponsored program of the Genesis Farm Educational Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the mission to further agricultural and small farm life through education, awareness, support, outreach and service, especially to women and youth; and to respect Nature in a safe and sustainable environment.