Growing Veteran Agripreneurs

***Due to the coronavirus and OSU policies, this course has been changed to be online-only for at least the first month. Course format following the first month will depend on the situation at that time. We look forward to our online-course starting April 2nd and if you are registered, you will be sent a link to participate. Thank you for your understanding.***

The 2020 Growing Veteran Agripreneurs (GVA) course is designed to introduce aspiring farmer veterans to the skills and concepts needed to start and manage a small organic farm. With weekly classes that include lectures, discussions, field trips and hands-on field work, participants will learn and practice the nuts and bolts of running a small farm through topics including management of soils and crops, developing infrastructure, planning a farm business and more.

The 2020 course includes 28 classes, held on Thursday evenings from 5:30-8:30pm and running from April 2nd through Oct 15th. One third of the course is in the classroom while two-thirds is in the field where participants will co-manage and care for a one-acre vegetable mini-farm. Participants will work with the farm manager to practice the skills of soil preparation, planting, crop management and harvest among others. Produce harvested will be enjoyed by the participants and donated to local organizations.

Classes are held at the OSU Southern Oregon Research and Extension Center Teaching Farm at 569 Hanley Road, Central Point, OR

Program Cost: $50 (Need-based scholarships available)

The classroom instructor is Sebastian Aguilar of Chickadee Farm in Talent, OR who has over 20 years of organic farming experience in fresh vegetables and specialty crop seed production. He has also been a farm educator for many years and enjoys helping aspiring farmers prepare for a career in farming.

The Farm Manager and field instructor is Katie Birkhauser who has 14 years experience in sustainable agriculture, farming specialty crops, and working in agronomics for both private and public organizations.  She is thrilled to be part of this program and is looking forward to a great season of learning with the students.

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The 2020 course is a collaboration of OSU Extension, Rogue Farm Corps and the Josephine County Veteran Services Office with funding from USDA.

Extension Oregon State University offers educational programs activities, and materials—without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, marital status, disability, and disabled veterans or Vietnam-era veteran status. Oregon State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. OSU Extension programs will provide reasonable accommodations to persons with physical or mental disabilities. Our location is accessible to persons with disabilities. If you need particular accommodations, please call our Extension Office at (541) 776-7371 at least 7 days prior to the event.   

Cancellation Policy  We reserve the right to cancel classes due to low enrollment. The decision to cancel will be made two working days in advance of the class. Every effort will be made to contact registrants by phone to advise them of the cancellation. Please be prepared to leave a message phone number when you sign up. Any advance payments will be refunded in full.