Growing Growers ICT
Why serve as a host farm?
Local food is a growing movement in Wichita and surrounding areas – we need more local producers to keep pushing this movement forward.
You'll have the opportunity to give back to the farming community in a way that you appreciated, or maybe you wish you had during your own early years.
The ICT food shed has great fruit and vegetable farmers, but there is room for more! Aspiring growers need to be trained and invested in to help them be successful.
Your investment of time into the program helps give us traction to keep providing all sorts of grower education programs through Extension.
You’ll have free access to quality workshops where you’ll receive valuable growing knowledge and helpful books and other resources.
What we ask of you:
Host an apprentice
One of the main ways that aspiring growers learn the ropes is simply getting down in the dirt and doing the work. Bringing an apprentice onto your farm may fit within a wide range of commitment and opportunity – your apprentice may be volunteer or paid, depending on your financial situation, and they may work anywhere from 4 hours a week to full time, depending on both of your capacity and availability. Apprentices’ work responsibilities can vary, too, whether you’d like help mostly at Saturday markets, thinning fruit trees, planting in the spring, or a little bit of everything.
What sets an apprentice apart from a regular farm hand is the mentorship component of the program. The program will compensate you $200 for providing eight hours of one-on-one mentoring for you apprentice, where you’ll be able to cover more of the big picture, background concepts that go into running a farm. From seed ordering to crop planning to recordkeeping to business management considerations – this is where your apprentice will have the chance to learn about the less obvious parts of running a farm.
The final thing we ask of you is to arrange your apprentice’s farm schedule so that they can attend the core workshops and any other learning opportunities they want to attend.
The core workshops occur on a mostly monthly basis on Monday afternoons. These sessions will cover a host of technical considerations – from soil management to seedling production to pest management to business planning. Click here for a full list of workshops. As a host farmer, you are also invited to attend the workshops at no cost, but we don’t require this of you.
Host a tour or demonstration
To build this learning network, we need growers to host farm tours, demonstrations, hands-on activities, and networking events. The range of possibilities for this opportunity to participate is wide – if you have and idea for an event topic, let us know!
We’ll compensate you $50 for hosting a farm tour!
Provide community education
More on this opportunity to participate is coming!
We are partnering with Common Ground Mobile Market to provide education to adults and children on growing and consuming fruits and vegetables. If you enjoy teaching your customers about your growing methods or your favorite ways to cook your produce, this opportunity is for you! Contact us for more information.
We’ll compensate you $100 for preparing and giving presentations to the community!
Contact Lyndsay Feather, program manager:
(316) 660-0145 | firstname.lastname@example.org