Growing Growers ICT Program
The Growing Growers ICT program in south central Kansas provides education to new and experienced growers through a farm apprenticeship program and an annual workshop series. Growing Growers ICT is grant-funded through the USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant program. It is operated out of the K-State Research & Extension-Sedgwick County office.
Apprentices work on fruit & vegetable farms in the south central Kansas region to get first-hand, practical farming experience. They attend the workshops series during the production season, receive one-on-one mentoring with their host farmer, gain hands-on farming experience and informal training, and assist at the Common Ground Mobile Market. Apprenticeship positions can be paid or volunteer.
Interested in working as an Apprentice during the 2019 growing season? Apply here. Due March 4, 2019
Interested in serving as a Host Farm during the 2019 growing season? Apply here. Due February 4, 2019
Learn more about our Host Farms and community partners (coming soon!)
The Growing Growers ICT program offers workshops throughout the year that are required for Apprentices, optional for Host Farmers, and open to the public, although class fees will apply. The classes address skills required to run a local farm. The core workshops include introduction to soil management; production planning and plant propagation; post-harvest handling; small farm equipment and drip irrigation; insect, disease, and weed management; and farm business management. Workshops are geared toward beginner farmers, but all the classes offer great information and skill development for more experienced farmers as well.
2019 Workshop Schedule & Registration (coming soon!)