Past Program: 2017-2018 Beginning Farmer of Color Apprenticeship Program

First forget inspiration. Habit is more dependable. Habit will sustain you whether you're inspired or not. Habit will help you finish and polish your stories. Inspiration won't. Habit is persistence in practice.” - Octavia Butler

Our first USDA program was the Beginning Farmer of Color Apprentice Program. It was through the USDA 2501 grant. It was a 10 month program aimed at training farmers of color in beginning aspects of farming. They were out on the farm 3 days a week for 20 hours. They worked together to farm a 1-acre plot that is located on our community partner, Oregon Food Bank's land. They received training on topics that related to farming, business, management, and community. They helped us grow food for the community. We had 3 CSAs that fed over 45 families. We had our My Melanin is Poppin market days where we shared space with other movers and shakers. At the end of the 2018 season, we graduated 9 apprentices and grew over 14,000 pounds of food.