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Agriculture Training Center
cultivating farmers, food, and community
The Agriculture Training Center has four main projects or areas of focus:
Organic Farm School – seven month residential program for aspiring farmers seeking to learn and practice the technical and business skills needed to run a small scale organic farm.
- Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Produce Shares – receive locally-grown, organic produce for 20 weeks. Shares are available in two sizes.
- Organic Seed Project – through grant funded projects, the ATC offers organic vegetable seed education, production and improvement activities.
- Workshop/Events – the ATC hosts periodic educational activities and programs throughout the year.
Organic Farm School
This full-time, 7-month long experiential program is for aspiring farmers seeking to learn and practice the technical and business skills needed to run a small scale organic farm. Through cooperatively managing the Center’s eight-acre farm and attending weekly lectures, discussions and demonstrations on topics including organic crop production, soil science, business planning, and direct marketing, participants will acquire a thorough education in organic small farm management.
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Shares
If you love good food, you will love receiving our freshly harvested organic vegetables bursting with flavor and nutrition for 20 weeks this summer! Grown by the staff and students of the Greenbank Farm Ag Training Center, your membership helps support our nonprofit educational center while providing you with top quality vegetables at an affordable price. Click here for more info on signing up!
Organic Seed Project
The Greenbank Farm Ag Training Center is excited to have begun incorporating vegetable seed crops into our production activities and education curriculum. We feel that seed stewardship is an important, yet commonly overlooked, component of developing a sustainable local farm and food system. Activities at the ATC include workshops, field days, variety trials, seed production, plant breeding and community building around organic seed. For 2013 we have funding from WSDA SCBGP to work on strengthening our regional organic seed community. Click here for more information or to get involved!
Upcoming Organic Seed Project Event!
Join us Thursday, August 15 for a carrot and beet variety trial at 3-5 p.m. Check our Organic Seed Project page for more information.
For a list of our workshops and events that are open to the public, please visit our Calendar of Events page.
Our farm is certified organic and participants are taught key certification standards as well as how to certify a farm. Students are involved in all required record keeping and participate in the annual certification inspection.
For more information, please contact:
765 Wonn Rd A-201
Greenbank, WA, 98253
Ag Training Center Partners
The small farms and farmers of Puget Sound
The Organic Seed Alliance
WSU Island County Extension
WSU Mount Vernon Research Center
Tilth Producers of Washington & South Whidbey Tilth
Good Cheer Community Food Bank Garden
Deer Lagoon Grange
Support for our Programs and Educational Training
The continued creation of a sustainable agricultural system that includes our land, our food — our health – and our community, will be in the hands of the small but growing group of motivated young farmers that are starting small-scale, organic, direct-market farming operations around the country. These young farmers have the passion, intellect and strength to overcome the hurdles placed before us by the gradual industrialization of agriculture over the past 150 years. To ensure that these farmers succeed, they must have access to opportunities to learn and experience the best management practices of organic farming as well as how to plan and operate financially profitable businesses. The Organic Farm School has taken on this mission and has successfully provided its students with a comprehensive education in how to start and operate a small-scale organic farm.
Our support comes from private and public sources: individuals, foundations, businesses and grants from the United States Department of Agriculture. We are a program of the Greenbank Farm not-for-profit organization.
For the past three years, we have been building the farm infrastructure necessary to support our land stewardship activities and small farm business activities. This includes student housing, workspaces, tools, greenhouses, tractors, implements, fencing and an irrigation system. While a basic and functional system has been put into place, infrastructure is expensive and in farming – most costs are ‘front end’ costs. We have many improvements to better demonstrate best practices planned and a fundraising effort is underway to accomplish them.
Please consider a gift to our program. For more information on giving to the Ag. Training Center contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 360.678.7710.