It has been with much joy and excitement to launch the Black Butterfly Urban Farmer Academy. We are so grateful to have graduated two cohorts of tremendously talented and beautiful people into the food system armed with new knowledge and skills. Our network is growing and we are in fact building the pipeline of new farmers that so many of us wanted and envisioned.
Many are asking “what’s next?” or “when are the applications coming out?” We will not be taking on a new cohort of trainees in 2024. We are focused on finalizing the design plans for our Teaching Farm, the demonstration and education backbone of The Academy. We look forward to sharing the completed site design concept, which includes an acre of growing space for teaching and production, an additional acre of incubator plots, a greenhouse, a post-harvest handling shed, high tunnels, wildflower meadows, a community food forest, and much more. We will spend 2024 planning and securing more funding to start construction soon.
The Academy remains alive and well. We will continue to offer classes, workshops, and field days to our farm members, burgeoning farmers and the public. We will also be offering a few paid internships with the Black Butterfly Farm. Stay tuned for those announcements!
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