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New Program on Agroecology, Farming & Food Pathways (AFFP)

MRCD is pleased to announce its new training program

Agroecology, Farming & Food Pathways (AFFP)

a training program on Urban and Rural Agroeco Food Systems and Microenterprises


Are you interested in:

●     Learning how to grow healthy food for yourself or your community?

●     Working in the sustainable food sector?

●     Starting your own small farm or food microenterprise?

●     Alternative farming or urban agriculture?

●     Applying for USDA funds to start a small farm or project?


If you answered YES to any of these questions, please complete the inquiry form attached here to receive more information about our program and future opportunities!


In partnership with Multinational Exchange for Sustainable Agriculture (MESA) in Berkeley, CA, the Agroecology, Farming & Food Pathways (AFFP) program offers two interactive online courses to explore a career in agriculture and earn a Certificate in Applied Agroecology.


Enrollees in the greater San Diego region will participate in Mission Resource Conservation District (MRCD)’s cohorts in Fallbrook and at Edge of Urban Farm in Vista, CA. The 3-month program includes guest presentations, hands-on farm training, local farm visits and a chance to connect and build community with other motivated emerging farmers.


Successful completion of the courses provides an opportunity to be selected for a 3 - 6 month farm/agricultural apprenticeship. This includes 1:1 mentorship, training and access to land to apply the skills and knowledge from the introductory and advanced courses in agroecology.  Motivated individuals will be supported to apply for USDA funding for their own farm or agricultural microenterprise.


We are currently recruiting for the 1st cohort of emerging farmers.


Program dates:

AFFP Cohort 1: September 23, 2020 - February 19, 2021*

●     Introduction to Agroecology: September 23, 2020 - November 20, 2020

●     Certificate in Applied Agroecology: November 28, 2020 - February 19, 2021

●     Agricultural Apprenticeship: Spring 2021**


*Due to Covid-19 restrictions, courses will initially be held virtually via Google Classroom, and tbd when the in-person cohort sessions may safely begin.


** Candidates that complete introductory and advanced agroecology will be eligible to apply for an agricultural apprenticeship


Future AFFP Cohort dates:

●     Cohort 2: December 2020 - May 2021

●     Cohort 3: March 2021 - August 2021

●     Cohort 4: September 2021 - February 2021

●     Cohort 5: December 2021 - May 2021

●     Cohort 6: March 2022 - August 2022

Program cost:

●     $0 for socially disadvantaged* participants

Excited to learn more? Complete this inquiry form now!

*For the purpose of this program, MESA uses the USDA’s Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement (OPPE) definition for socially disadvantaged beginning farmers and ranchers as individuals “who have experienced barriers to service due to racial or ethnic prejudice.”