Friday, January 20, 2017

Press Conference for New Farmer Training Program in Holyoke


Nuestras Raices of Holyoke, Massachusetts will hold a press conference Wednesday, January 25 at 1 pm in our office. Joined by Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse, we will announce our New
Farmer Training Program, teaching earth-friendly agriculture to the next generation of food
farmers. Immediately after, we will tour the Nuestras Raices farm. We hope members of the
press, partners, and community members will join us.


PRESS CONFERENCE JANUARY 25
1 pm Nuestras Raices office: 329 Main St, Holyoke MA 01040
Farm tour at 2 pm: 24 Jones Ferry Rd.

We seek applicants interested in learning to be professional farmers for this free training
program, launching on April 4, 2017. No experience is needed, and the classes will be taught in
Spanish and English. Applications are due March 15.

The New Farmer Training Program is a 100-hour introduction to organic farming principles and
agricultural business planning. Nuestras Raices will train 100 new farmers in the next two years
in partnership with Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), as part of a national effort
to train new farmers in earth-friendly practices.

Students will learn all aspects of farm management for one full growing season, from planting
seedlings in April to harvesting crops in October. Students will receive hands-on agricultural
training at the Nuestras Raices farm, and will also attend weekly classroom lectures taught in the evening at Dean Technical High School.

The curriculum for the New Farmer Training Program includes an Introduction to Organic
Principles & Crop Planning; Organic Production Techniques; Marketing for Small Farmers;
Small Business Management; Record-keeping & Regulations.

Upon graduation, students will be ready for careers in all aspects of employment in food
production and agriculture, including operating or managing farms, starting seed companies, or
leading farmers markets.

We are also seeking individuals or organizations who may have access to land that could be
farmed by a graduate. Interested parties should call Rafael Herrero at (413) 535-1789 x 206.

TO APPLY FOR THE NEW FARMER TRAINING PROGRAM:


Download an application at www.nuestras-raices.org or visit the office at 329 Main St, Holyoke.
For questions, contact Rafael Herrero at (413) 535-1789 x 206 or rherrero@nuestras-raices.org.

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