The Old Fort at Hesperus is accepting applications for the 2020 growing season. Two programs are currently offered:
Farmer in Training is a monthly, two-day training intensive in February, March, April and May. From May through mid-October, FITs work three to five days per week co-managing a 1-acre plot under the supervision of the program manager. Crops in the FIT plot may include onions, winter squash, zucchini, snap peas, green beans, potatoes, carrots, turnips, beets, kale, cabbage, broccoli, flowers and more. Apply as soon as possible. Positions are open until filled. Applicants will be selected by Jan. 17, 2020. Incubator Farmer is a chance to start an independent farming business by joining monthly, two-day training intensive in February, March, April and May. Once completed, farmers will have access to land, water and infrastructure. Join a team of farmers on 4 deer-fenced acres who run independent businesses and cooperate to produce a variety of foods. Marketing assistance is available as well as providing produce to Sodexo, the campus dining service at Fort Lewis College. Applications are due by Dec. 20. Applicants will be chosen by Jan. 6, 2020. For more information, visit https://bit.ly/2DOwdoe.