The Black Butterfly Urban Farmer Academy – FAQ’s

How many trainees will be accepted?
10 trainees

What is the time frame?
May – October

How many hours?
24 classroom hours (2hr sessions for 12 weeks)
144 on-farm work hours 
12 hours visiting other farms 

Is there compensation?
Yes, there will be a stipend of $2000 per trainee, provided in two payments.

Is transportation provided?
Transportation will be provided to field days and classroom workshops.

Who are the mentor farms?
The Greener Garden 
Cherry Hill Urban Community Garden

Will we be visiting other farms?
Yes, there will be 6 required field days over the course of the season. 

What will we be learning?
Sustainable agriculture methodology such as: cover cropping, composting and low till methods.
Introductory farming techniques: crop planning, bed prep, irrigation, planting, pest and weed management, harvesting, post harvest handling and storage. Marketing, business planning and management.

Will I get to do any farming?
Yes! You will get to work directly with the mentor farmers and we will be growing Baltimore’s fish pepper, sweet potato and greens on the Farm Alliance demonstration farm.

What will trainees receive upon completion?
Trainees will complete final exit interview and evaluation to receive Farmer Starter Tool Kit plus free membership in the Farm Alliance of Baltimore.

Additional questions contact: Denzel Mitchell