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Apply today for a fully funded slot in Alpine Science Institute’s crop production classes!

Alpine Science Institute of Central Wyoming College is excited to announce that they are looking to fill five fully funded slots in their crop production classes. The program runs April 5 through September 29 on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 8am to noon in the CWC Alpine Science Institute Student Farm. Anyone interested in this farmer training program can apply today by emailing landercenter@cwc.edu or calling 307-332-3394.

Growing resilient people, food, and communities

As a community college, we know local. And we want to help aspiring and beginning farmers grow nutritious foods by developing financially and environmentally sustainable farm businesses in central Wyoming. Our goal is to expand employment and business opportunities in agriculture while also providing our communities with affordable, sustainable fruits, vegetables, and meat.

Wyoming folks want to produce food for their local markets, but there are some challenges they face; high altitude climate, limited access to arable land, and lack of business skills.

CWC recognizes our partners who have contributed significant financial support for this project.

Training to fit your goals

Located in the foothills of the Wind River mountains at the Alpine Science Institute, the farm incubator trains aspiring and beginning agropreneurs in high-altitude, semi-arid fruit, and vegetable crop production and business planning.

Beginning farmers may enter the program at multiple points according to their educational and business needs. A person interested in home gardening growing food for their family may want to only participate in the Crop Production Practicum. A beginning farmer who needs more accounting and business planning skills to expand their existing farm business may just enroll in the Small-scale Farm Planning & Management Course. A person desiring to expand their home garden into a farm business may apply to enter the Farm Incubator, and, after demonstrating crop production skills and presenting their business plan, lease a farm plot to gain access to irrigated, arable land.

An aspiring farmer may also choose the more comprehensive education pathway by completing an AAS is Regenerative Small Scale Farming or a certificate in Farm & Ranch Managment emphasizing regenerative agriculture and small scale farming.

As an farmer-in-training participant, you will acquire the skills to:

  • Maintain basic financial records
  • Understand risk management
  • Develop a farm business plan
  • Build soil health and plant resiliency through biodynamic practices
  • Manage weeds through cover cropping
  • Implement pest management strategies
  • Design and install drip irrigation systems
  • Develop a crop plan
  • Maintain crop production records
  • Increase production through season extension
  • Source and maintain farm equipment
  • Incorporate animals into the farm system
  • Prepare crops for the market to comply with food safety regulations

Learn more about the program and different pathways at our website.

Don’t miss your chance to be a part of these crop production classes! Apply today by emailing landercenter@cwc.edu or calling 307-332-3394.

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