Learn how to start and run your own farm!
The Organic Farm School (OFS) at Greenbank Farm cultivates farmers, food and community through educational programming, organic farming, and community outreach. Our educational programs focus on training aspiring farmers to run successful, ecological and community-focused farms and we use our small organic farm as a real-world example and outdoor classroom. Through academic studies and in-field experiences, program participants learn all aspects of starting and running a small scale organic farm, from goal setting and business planning to planting, harvesting, and marketing. Our goal is to offer them the skills and knowledge they need to confidently enter the growing field of sustainable agricultural producers.
While the Farm primarily produces and markets fresh vegetables, it is a diversified operation that also grows seed crops, berries, nursery plants, bees, chickens and goats. A significant portion of the farm is dedicated to soil-building cover crops each year and native plant hedgerows have been planted around the fields. The Farm markets its produce through a CSA program, at farmers market and to local grocers and restaurants. Through newsletters and involvement in local food initiatives, we connect with the community and strive to bring awareness to the issues that face our food system today.
Our primary educational program is a full-time, 7.5-month long experiential program for aspiring farmers seeking to learn and practice the technical and business skills needed to run a sustainable small-scale organic commercial 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. Participants also engage in independent studies including a farm-based research project and the creation of a personal business plan. Bi-weekly field trips to regional farms allow participants to see a variety of farming styles and talk to experienced producers. Through management of the Farm, participants develop their practical farm skills including planning, tillage, greenhouse propagation, weeding, harvesting, marketing, recordkeeping and more. Students also learn to build a greenhouse, operate tractors, make compost and manage the farm’s poultry and bees. With the skills and knowledge gained and a business plan in hand, program graduates are ready to start or manage their own small organic farm.
For more information, please visit our website at:
765 Wonn Rd A-201
Greenbank, WA, 98253