• Join Women of Agriculture from all over North Carolina

    Female farmers are the fastest growing population owning and operating small farms nationwide. For the past twenty-five years, large traditional farms have been in decline; by contrast, the number of farms run by women has increased almost ninety percent. More than a quarter-million women operate farms in the United States, primarily small farms, and our numbers are increasing. In fact, small-scale farming has become the hallmark of female farmers.

    Today's female farmer is a bit unusual with a different philosophy and approach: holistic, easy on the land and committed to safe and natural growing practices, it is a kinder, gentler method of agricultural production that discards the cloak of traditional farming methods. more...

    The twenty-first century belongs to women of agriculture, creating a revolution with a female voice to be heard. They are at the forefront of this revolution as innovators creating specialty markets and alternative enterprises. It is artisanal farming, an exciting, new type of agriculture, with a vibrant and fresh integration of art and skill.

    Still, there are many challenges and constraints unique to female farmers that limit their productivity and economic viability, including lack of experience, training and skills; lack of resources and materials; unequal access to credit, few leadership positions in their rural communities and a sense of isolation. Moreover, there is the challenge of age: the average age of a female farmer is in her mid-50s. Thus, there is an urgency to train and support a new crop of women for the next generation of farmers.



    NC Women of the Land (through Genesis Farm Educational Foundation) will offer: "A Boot Camp for New and Beginning Women Farmers on Small Farm Production"

    September 12 - December 15

    12-15 hr/wk; 2-6 pm Tuesday-Thursday-Friday and a few Saturdays (rain dates).
    Intensive training course of more than 200 hours. Curriculum includes informal classes, workshops, on-farm practical experience and independent project.

    Program is based on Genesis Farm in Chapel Hill, NC, our host farm for NC Women of the Land. Currently, we do not have residential housing, but if necessary, we will help you find a suitable place to stay.

    $100 nonrefundable deposit with application. Please contact us for details and requirements for admission.
    Application Deadline: August 31st, 2017

    Tuition: $1100.00.
    $600 paid no later than September 10th;
    Balance due no later than October 31st.
    Program requires a minimum registration of 4 students

    "A Boot Camp for New and Beginning Women in Ag" is designed specifically for women who, through knowledge and experience, value their connection to the land, have a passion for sustainable agriculture and are committed to the values of small scale farming. Students can expect introductory instruction in many aspects of agriculture and discussions leading to extensive on-farm learning and working the land. Students will participate in fall season activities and preparation for winter productivity.

    It is a broad-ranging curriculum based on agricultural educational programs that include fields of study offering farm training: from setting goals to business planning to nurturing crops and livestock; growing, harvesting, marketing; practical and homesteading skills. Our goal is to offer basic experiential training for female students in the art and skill of working the land and bringing products to market.

    Students are required to participate in all aspects of the curriculum: informal seminars, workshops, field trips, speciality farming, on-farm practicum and independent projects. Students take ownership for designing a business plan, organizing and implementing an on-farm market. We also work with food deserts to give back to the greater community.

    The Boot Camp provides support and a rich learning environment for each student so that she can be confident in her capabilities to enter the growing field of small scale farming and sustainable agriculture.