Climate Farm School

A 4-week program both online and getting your hands dirty on a working farm. Learn about the climate impact of and solutions within food systems. For tech and business folks, entrepreneurs, farmers, sustainability professionals, and others passionate about food and climate.

Next cohort application deadline:

February 15, 2022

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  • Hybrid online and on-farm course
  • 3+ on-farm field days with lectures and experiential learning
  • Global regenerative ag network
  • 4 weeks / 1 week on-farm
  • Create your food systems climate action plan
  • Work alongside farmers to unlock climate solutions

Get a hands-in-the-soil view of climate solutions in food systems

  • 1

    Learn from farmers, soil scientists, chefs, & local food policymakers

    Mitigating and adapting to climate change in complex food and ag systems requires a variety of stakeholders collaborating effectively. Hear from a diversity of them in order to understand where your skills and interests can plug into enabling and scaling climate-friendly food systems.

  • 2

    Expand your food systems and farming network

    Build relationships with a global network of farmers, food system advocates, and like-minded peers who will support you in doing climate-positive food systems work. This community is open to you forever and will keep growing with future cohorts. We host community events even after the program.

  • 3

    Take professional and personal action

    The Climate Farm School mission is to facilitate the conversion of millions of acres of farmland globally to regenerative, carbon sequestering, locally-controlled agroecosystems via climate educational experiences on farms. Map out how you can contribute to systemic change in food and ag, and start taking action!

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The immersive climate farm school is truly a one-of-a-kind learning experience! I got to participate in everyday farming activities and connect with local farm communities to learn from their real-life experiences, while living on the farm with other like-minded peers. It's an inspiring and stimulating journey and a game changer.

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Chin-Wu Chen

Data Engineering Fellow

Former Professor of Seismology

USA

World-class instructors and guest lecturers

Laney Siegner

Director of Academic Programs, Terra.do

Course Creator

Laney recently completed her Ph.D. at the U.C. Berkeley Energy and Resources Group. She researches sustainable, agroecological food systems and climate change education, and completed several summers of sustainable agriculture work while researching for her dissertation. She has published book chapters on teaching climate change in U.S. K-12 classrooms and on conducting participatory agroecology research. Prior to attending graduate school, she worked as a middle school teaching fellow for 2 years in Boston, MA as part of an AmeriCorps National Teaching Fellowship. When she's not teaching or learning, she enjoys being outside for a variety of physical activities- farming, worm composting, trail running, bird watching, or swimming in the ocean. Originally from the East Coast, she now lives in Sonoma County, California. She helped build the off-grid tiny house that she now lives in with her partner, as part of the first-ever California Tiny House Competition.

Our host farmers and guest lecturers:

Aubrie Maze - Host farmer

Farm and Land Manager, Green Valley Community Farm + Mill

David Bill and Faith Van De Putte - Host farmers

Co-owners. Midnight’s Farm

Elizabeth and Paul Kaiser - Host farmers

Co-owners, Singing Frogs Farm

Clea Chandmal - Guest speaker

Permaculture Farmer, Foyts farm, India

Gary Podesto - Guest chef

Chef and Consultant, Chez Panisse

Riley Starks - Field day host

Founding Partner, Lummi Island Wild Co-op

Wanda Stewart - Guest speaker

Program Director, Victory Garden Foundation

Natalia Pinzon - Workshop leader

Co-founder, Farmer Campus

Spannocchia Farm

Tenuta di Spannochia, Localita' Spannochia, 167, 53012 Chiusdino SI, Italy

On Farm Dates:

March 19th - March 27th 2022

Green Valley Farm + Mill

13024 Green Valley Rd, Sebastopol, CA 95472, United States

On Farm Dates:

April 9th - April 17th 2022

Food and Farming in a Changing Climate

January 11th, 9am Pacific Time

Join our FREE webinar where:

  • We’ll discuss the implications of climate change on our farming and food systems
  • You will get a closer look at some of the course content and meet our course instructor
  • You will have a chance to get all your questions answered
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Exceptional alumni

Our alumni have accomplished careers in industry, policy, and more, and have all made a commitment to focusing their career on sustainability and decarbonization. Expect a similarly accomplished peer set from the world of food nerds, ag-tech entrepreneurs, aspiring farmers, and the like.

The program breakdown

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On-farm experience

Here is a teaser from our first two cohorts to give you a sense of what the climate farm school will look and feel like. Enjoy!

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A glimpse into the farm experience

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Personalized and relevant instruction

Our world-class faculty bring not only farming and soil science expertise but also trained techniques in teaching and facilitation. Think of them as your personal coaches as you explore climate solutions in food and agriculture.

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    Facilitated discussions

    Before and during the farm stay, you will join in small group discussions for:

    • Farmer-led presentations and Q&A on farm plans, Carbon Farm Plans, and more
    • Discussions on regenerative farming and food systems challenges and opportunities
    • Networking to find your future farm/food collaborators and co-founders
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    Hands-on farming + applied projects

    In addition to working alongside farmers , you will be presented with real-world projects defined by local food system stakeholders. Sample projects include :

    • Modeling GHG reduction impact of various regenerative farming practices
    • Creating a “Farm Resilience” map that highlights climate risks, vulnerabilities, and opportunities
    • Develop new climate-informed business models or communications materials for host farm(s)
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    Special events

    While you are on the farm, you can look forward to the following special events and activities:

    • On-farm meal prepared by famous local chef followed by Q&A
    • Local wine tasting OR salmon fishing OR crabbing
    • Farmer’s market exploration plus cooking lesson (source and prepare a 100% local and seasonal farm-fresh meal)

Pricing and expected commitment

Price

Climate Farm School

/ 4 Weeks Merit/need-based financial aid

  • Includes food and lodging for an 8-day farm stay
  • Online content and community accessible to you forever
  • Hybrid in-person and online, with opportunities for live interaction with farmers, soil scientists, and talented chefs
  • 3+ guest lectures from farm experts, also available for later viewing

Who is this program for?

An on-farm view of climate solutions makes the program perfect for both farmers wanting to develop a stronger climate knowledge base and non-farm folks like business professionals, tech workers, policymakers, entrepreneurs... anyone interested in connecting with agricultural ecosystems and hands-on exploration of nature-based climate mitigation.

  • Aspiring home gardeners, homesteaders, and small scale farmers
  • Land owners or land stewards seeking ways to make a living on the land while regenerating natural ecosystems for climate mitigation and resilience
  • Working professionals with sufficient time (at least 1 full week on the farm) to dedicate to the program
  • Those wanting to explore and experience day-to-day life on a farm
  • You want to become a full-time commercial farmer, and want a comprehensive “learn to farm” program (these kinds of programs exist, and are typically 6-9 months in duration).
  • You don’t have the time to commit to at least a week’s farm stay right now (you can always apply for later cohorts)
Price

Climate Farm School

/ 4 Weeks Merit/need-based financial aid

  • Includes food and lodging for an 8-day farm stay
  • Online content and community accessible to you forever
  • Hybrid in-person and online, with opportunities for live interaction with farmers, soil scientists, and talented chefs
  • 3+ guest lectures from farm experts, also available for later viewing

FAQs

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  • What if I don’t like it?
  • I am interested in participating but have limited time off from my full-time job. Can I do this program?
  • What are the accommodations like for staying on the farm?
  • What are the various pricing options for participants?
  • I can't afford the program cost. Can I participate?
  • Can I get reimbursed for the course by my organization?
  • What should I bring to the farmstay?
  • Are you going to be running more cohorts?