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Program on Agroecology, Farming & Food Pathways (AFFP)

MRCD is pleased to announce the next Cohort of its 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?

●     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 at the link below 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 next cohort of emerging farmers.

Program dates:

AFFP Cohort 4: September – November, 2021*

●     Agricultural Apprenticeship: Winter 2022**

Courses will be held virtually via Google Classroom, with farm workshops planned for in-person sessions 

** Candidates that complete the full agroecology course will be eligible to apply for an agricultural apprenticeship


Next AFFP Cohort dates:

●     Cohort 5: January - March 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.”