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Our Core Program is intentionally small (less than 12 students per year) to insure a foundational transfer of the knowledge, skills, and experience needed to successfully grow food as an honorable business and sustainable livelihood. It is is an intense (40+ hours/week), 35-week integration of classes, demonstrations and on-going field experience, as well as field trips, and guest speakers. It addresses basic agricultural science (propagation, cultivation, weed & pest control, soil development, fertility management, principles of irrigation, plant physiology, etc.) coupled with instruction on business and crop planning, financial evaluation, market development, culinary interfaces, communication, and collaboration. In addition, we teach organic seed development and production, farm equipment maintenance and repair, a basic overview of the opportunities and challenges of livestock, and fundamental farm construction skills. Farmers Market and direct-to-retail sales reinforce student learning and support the operating budget. On-going guidance in building networks helps students move beyond our program. Tuition support and housing options are available.