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Have you always wondered what life is really like on the farm?
Whether you're a backyard gardener with a small plot of vegetables or you're thinking about starting an urban farm, Growing Growers can help you learn to work the soil and develop sustainable practices. And this spring, the farmers' education group is offering monthly workshops and season-long apprenticeships that can help you determine if you're a grower or a consumer.
The monthly workshops are taught by farmers and include a tour of a working farm. The first, Understanding and Managing Soil with Organic Practices, is on Saturday, March 26, from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at K-State Research and Extension (35230 W. 135th St., in Olathe). The cost is $30 and includes lunch.
The next class, Production Planning and Basic Plant Propagation, is set for Monday, April 18, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Irene B. French Community Center (5701 Merriam Drive, in Merriam). The class includes a tour of the Kansas City Community Farm and Greenhouse in Kansas City, Kansas. It's $15.
The May class. on Saturday the 14th. is Post Harvest Handling for Quality, Safety and Sales, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The location has yet to be determined, but it will be near the Windwalker Farm in Ottawa, Kansas. The class is $30 and includes lunch.
Growing Growers is also currently taking applications for apprenticeships on area farms. There are both paid (minimum of 20 hours working) and volunteer (minimum of 4 hours) apprenticeship opportunities. In an apprenticeship, you're paired with a host farm and you attend classes designed to complement your field work. The application is available online. There's a $25 application fee and $300 tuition.