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The AFFECT Farmer Training Program is designed to teach the fundamentals of farming while offering hands-on experience working alongside some of Fairbank’s most successful farmers.


You will learn the principles of farming in Interior Alaska through a once a week class covering everything from farm planning to soil health, seeding, transplanting, harvesting, marketing, even hydroponics. Field days will be scheduled with local farmers who will teach hands-on skills in various tools, fieldwork, greenhouse production, harvesting, and storing.

This is the chance to cultivate alongside Goosefoot Farm and harvest carrots with Spinach Creek while building the skills necessary to start your own agricultural endeavor. Optional classes to learn about mushroom foraging, compost tea, hydroponics, and more, will be available for you to gain exposure to a scope of agricultural opportunities.

Want to learn more? Click here to check out the highlights from our first year of the program!


Program Dates: 

 May 22nd - August 31st

Wednesdays and Fridays

Program Structure: 

Classroom Lessons: Wednesday's 6:00-8:00pm 

Farm Visits: Friday's 6:00-8:00pm

Transportation can be provided




           History of Farming in Alaska

           Planning and Preparation

           Seed Starting

           Selecting Varieties

           Farm Tools and Equipment

           Working With Your Soil - Tillage


           Nutrient Management

           Crop Rotation


           Weed Control

           Harvest and Storage

           Business Training for Success

           ...and more!

Additional Information:



*Transportation to and from field visits will be offered.

*$500 stipend for 80% attendance; $250 for 50% attendance

*Build meaningful connections with local farms.


*Develop marketable skills in agriculture, specific to Interior Alaska.


*Certificate awarded on behalf of the Fairbanks Soil and Water Conservation District, upon completion of the course.


*Participants must reside in the Fairbanks North Star Borough.

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