MRCD is pleased to announce its new training program in Agroecology, Farming & Food Pathways (AFFP), a training program on Urban and Rural Agroeco Food Systems and Microenterprises.
In partnership with Multinational Exchange for Sustainable Agriculture (MESA) in Berkeley, CA, the AFFP program offers two interactive online courses to explore a career in agriculture and earn a Certificate in Applied Agroecology.
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 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. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, courses will initially be held virtually via Google Classroom, and tbd when in-person cohort sessions may safely begin.
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
Program is free for socially disadvantaged* participants
Want to learn more? Complete this inquiry form now! https://mesaprogram.org/take-action/train/