Hands-on training and skill-based education in sustainable agriculture for aspiring farmers and ranchers…



Farms Next is a full season of hands-on training and skill-based education in sustainable agriculture for aspiring farmers and ranchers. Through an innovative and cooperative model, Farms Next combines up to 1500 hours of field training with a mentor farmer, 75 hours of classroom learning with agricultural professionals and expert farmers, 15 tours of local farms, and opportunities for farm-based independent study on a diverse network of commercial family farms in Oregon’s scenic Rogue Valley.

Farms Next provides an intense, supportive experience that will leave students with a deeper understanding of sustainable agriculture, a foundation of entrepreneurial skills, and practical knowledge to plan for and start their own farming operation.  Students will live and work full-time on a host farm, receive on-going training, and learn in-depth skills from their mentor farmer.

The companion classroom component, farm tours, discussion circles, and independent study will deepen the experience and expose students to the vast array of knowledge and expertise in our farming community. In addition, students in Farms Next are offered an unparalleled sense of community and social networking as they engage in the daily life of a vibrant agricultural economy.

Farms Next offers opportunity for hands-on training in:

  • Organic vegetable, herb, seed and flower production at various scales.
  • Marketing techniques, including direct marketing through farmers’ markets, restaurant sales and Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs.
  • Raising livestock, including cattle, goats, poultry, sheep and hogs.
  • Farmstead dairying, including cheese making, with cows and goats.
  • Farm-based education and agri-tourism opportunities.

As a student in Farms Next, you will work hard.  And, you will learn from a diverse community of mentor farmers, agricultural specialists, and food system professionals, while living and farming in one of the most beautiful places in the country.  To learn more about our program and host farms, and to fill out an application, please see our website at www.roguefarmcorps.org.


Hi Gaby,  We are going to have a radical transformation in farming…already here.  It is about duplication and multiplication.  We have a germ or seed if you will and need to dream about duplicating a thousand fold.  This you already realize…the importance.  Here is a project in the state of Oregon…pacific northwest bioregion.  Just keep it in focus…a parallel universe.

The solar oven suggestion is what it is.  Temps of up to 350 degrees are easily attainable.  I’ve been a exhibitors for several years at the Midwest Renewable Energy Fair in  Custer Wisconsin.  You should Google it.  It is the largest Fair of its kind in North America and solar ovens are everywhere.  Cooking and baking anything that you could think of…just by harnessing the sun…which is fairly abundant in Bernal.  We can easily build one and even market a oven in Mexico…eventually…,,,or just help people make their own.  Also, solar hot water systems are….already in San Antonio de La Cal.  Well, start investigating.  There are many pre-assembled solar ovens companies out there.  Also, no moving parts.

Hey, Winter is the time for planning …. Hugs…Paco

  “It is evident that many wars are fought over resources which are now becoming increasingly scarce. If we conserved our resources better, fighting over them would not then occur… so, protecting the global environment is directly related to securing peace… those of us who understand the complex concept of the environment have the burden to act. We must not tire, we must not give up, we must persist.”

Wangari Maathai, 2004 Nobel Peace Prize winner


In order to be able to afford the land, farming will ever be a victim of the market that is controlled by other. Other has demonstrated over and over again for thousands of years to be only interested in exploiting the farmer. So, in order to play, go make a mint in the other’s playground before thinking of investing in becoming a pretend farmer. Oh, true, there are a few who make it for awhile without by begging here and there, but few are assuredly having fun.

Don you are correct, but there is not enough time to make a mint, so we must instead make some changes. Perhaps we can can peacefully #Occupy the local vineyards and forests owned by large corporations, just start growing food and see how things shake out. Private ownership of land is a dumb idea in times like these anyway. We need a sharing economy, so let’s assume they are willing to share. Relatively soon, because of climate change, we will have no other choice because there are just not enough acres in the county to grow enough food for the population. And we will not be able rely on the transporation infrastructure for delivery of food from distant places. We are running out of choices. Remember action through non-action or at least a close approximation.

That comment reflected my, my parents’, my grandparents’, … experiences. I could have said it better, as always. Second attempt: This reminds me of the Hobbits vs. the Dark Towers Chris Mathews describes, and it appears they have all the power until there is no more.. Yet, there really are black swans. Frodo, anyone?