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Farmer Training Program 2017

Are you interested in learning how to be an organic acequia farmer in northern New Mexico?
Do you want to learn how to increase your production to sell commercially?
Are you looking for ways to put your agricultural land and water rights to use?
Are you interested in learning best practices and techniques from other local farmers?
NMAA is proud to announce that we will be starting a yearlong Farmer-to-Farmer training program based in northern NM in 2017! The program will use a hands-on approach and a 15-point curriculum created by our partners American Friends Service Committee, based on the successful farm model pioneered by Don Bustos.
Training includes: farm planning, business planning, season extension, fertility and soil health, maintenance of equipment and usage, planting and harvesting techniques, organic pest management, marketing, value added processing, and an emphasis on network development/aggregation of food.
All training is free and will take place on farms located in the greater Española Valley and Taos County. Training is Mon/Wed/Fri for approximately 6-7 hours per day, from February 2017 to December 2017. Trainees will receive a monthly stipend. Participation is limited to three trainees and trainees must commit to the full year of training!
If you are interested in applying for this program, please contact Pilar Trujillo at pilar@lasacequias.org or (505) 995-9644.