The Grange Farm School
Practicum Student Program
We are now accepting applications to the 2016 Grange Farm School Practicum Student Program, a 14 week residential program for aspiring farmers.
In 2016 we will be offering two 14 week terms beginning in April and July. Practicum Students will learn about organic, holistic, and integrated farming methods while contributing to the farm through hands-on learning and collaborative development.
Tuition is $2,500 per term and scholarships are available. Students may choose to live on or off site- Room and Board fee is $1,500 per term and includes private housing and a high quality organic diet.
The Grange Farm School's Practicum Student Program aims to prepare the whole farmer, with a curriculum covering agricultural production skills, industrial arts, marketing and business skills essential to a profitable farm. Practicum Students may earn college credits for internships through Mendocino College, and are encouraged to live on site.
Workshops, guest lectures, field trips and coursework on sustainable agricultural development will be offered to adults who demonstrate interest and potential. After completion of their first term, students are encouraged to apply for additional terms as Capstone Students with a more focused individual project.
Students accepted to the first few years of our program will have the unique opportunity to participate in the start-up phases of a working farm and non-profit educational project. The work completed by students will provide in depth and experiential knowledge of the challenges that go into creating a new farm or program from scratch.
Expectations: Practicum students will work an average of 25 hours per week in experiential learning projects on the farm. Mornings and afternoons will involve supervised field work, early afternoon will be devoted to lessons with guest instructors and staff. Field trips to neighboring farms will be an important component of the curriculum, as well as connection to mentors and experts in the area. Students are required to participate in all phases of the program, including shifts at weekend chores and shared kitchen and other housekeeping duties. Concurrent enrollment in Work Experience Education program with Mendocino College or a similar program is optional.
Tuition is $2,500 per 14 week term, and many scholarships are available. Students have the option to live on-site for $1,500 per 14 week term. Housing includes a shared kitchen, bath, library, and commons. Students are provided with beautiful, rustic, and private sleeping space in wall tents on platforms surrounding the house. Food will include basic staples and high quality organic farm goods for three meals per day. Cooking and cleaning chores will be shared.
Term 1: April
Term 2: July
Curriculum: Focused lesson time will be offered to students to complement field based learning.
Topics covered in the Practicum Student Program include: Organic Agricultural Production, Animal Husbandry, Holistic Pest Management, Irrigation and Greywater, Ecological Restoration, Sustainable Building Design, Small Farm Business Management, Marketing and Promotion, Industrial Arts, Orchard Maintenance, Engine Repair, Composting, Soil Nutrition, Value Added Products, Agricultural Theories, Nutrition, Sustainable Energy System Design, Electrical and Plumbing
Projects will vary by season.
Capstone Projects: After one 14 week term of foundational learning, students have the option to apply for a second term to develop an individual Capstone Project. These projects allow students to focus on areas of individual interest and guide their own learning. We provide a space for a wide range of independent projects, and we are excited to hear proposals from students who are curious self-starters.
Examples of potential projects include:
- Plan and construct vermicomposting system
- Build a solar powered dehydrator
- Design and plant a cut flower garden
- Build bicycle powered processing equipment such as root washer or chicken plucker