Join beginning farmers, homesteaders, educational gardeners and food system change-makers: Learn by growing food, visiting sustainable farms, and writing a business plan that fits your values, goals, land and community needs.

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2022 Program Update!

The MSU Organic Farmer Training Program will be fully IN-PERSON for 2022! We will return to a 50/50 mix of field and classroom learning, including 27 days at the MSU Student Organic Farm and 6 field trips to 20+ farms. You will learn real hands-on farm skills while planning for a farm that fits your values, goals, skills, land and markets. Check out the full schedule to see how the OFTP can help you make your farm dreams a reality. The OFTP is defined by its learning community of aspiring and beginning farmers, farmworkers, homesteaders, educational gardeners and OFTP instructors who all support each other in learning farm and business planning skills. It worked for 2019 graduate Heather Fuson, who says “Before OFTP I had a vision, but when I left I had a plan.”


The OFTP teaches aspiring farmers in a 50/50 mix of field and classroom activities at the 15-acre MSU Student Organic Farm. The course also includes field trips to over 20 Michigan farms.

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Click here to apply for the program and for a scholarship.

Field and Classroom Activities

Learn more about what you can expect to do during an OFTP day.

Farm Field Trips

Visit over 20 farms in Detroit, Ann Arbor, Lansing, Grand Rapids, Southwest Michigan and Traverse City.

Guest Speakers

Over a dozen speakers share their expertise, insights, and answer questions throughout the Program.

Program Schedule

View the Upcoming Program Schedule for the Organic Farmer Training Program, including dates of field trips.

Learning Community

Students of the OFTP come from a wide variety of backgrounds, and reflect the diversity of Michigan across a spectrum of demographics.

Graduate Testimonials

"The skills I've gained created a strong base while starting my own farm business. The experience really solidified my desire to take on farming as my life's work." Carolyn Leadley, Rising Pheasant Farm, Detroit. Read more student testimonials here.