Farmer Training Program
The Come Thru Market farmer training program supports beginning farmers of color in Portland in building their farmers market readiness and success. This program is specifically designed for people of color, including immigrants and refugees. Priority will be given to Black and Indigenous applicants.
Farmers who are currently participating in a business development program will be reviewed on a case by case basis.
We are looking for 6-8 farmers of color who meet the following criteria:
Must have at least one year of hands-on farm production experience (growing for market, CSA, wholesale, on-farm employment or internship, participation in farmer training program, or similar)
Must have fewer than 10 years hands-on farm production experience
Must have a farm or produce-related business (can include farming to make and sell value added products such as jams, pickles, spices, herbal remedies, etc.) - if you have been farming, but have not registered your business that's okay
Must have access to land on which to grow your crops
Can commit to participating in the program from March - October 2023
Can provide 2 references: 1 from a farmer and 1 from a community-based organization
Please note this is a market success training program, not a program to learn farming. To succeed, farmers really do need to have real world farming experience. Without solid crop planning experience, farmers will feel unsuccessful in this program.