Nov 12, 2021 - News
Inaugural Farm School class graduates
Illustration of a barn and a silo wearing a mortarboard.
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The University of Arkansas System's Center for Arkansas Farms and Foods just wrapped up its first session of Farm School. Five people completed the first program and will receive a certificate.

Background: The Farm School is a new, entry-level program designed to teach students how to grow and harvest crops and run a farm. The course includes developing a business plan, says Heather Friedrich, assistant director of the Center for Arkansas Farms and Foods.

Why it matters: Farmers are aging, and we don’t have as many generational family-owned farms as we used to, Friedrich says.

Details: The program is 11 months, from January through November.

  • Students spend about 60% of their time in the U of A System-owned production field. The rest is classroom instruction.
  • The cost to attend the program is $2,200.

Zoom out: The Center for Arkansas Farms and Foods also has more advanced farm apprenticeships intended for people with some farming experience or who have completed the Farm School.

  • The apprenticeship program has been up and running for two sessions. Four students completed the program each session, Friedrich says.
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