FarmOn! at Empire Farm curates an applied learning experience for students who have graduated high school and are seeking academic, entrepreneurial or vocational careers internships that foster the entrepreneurial spirit in agriculture. Through internships, apprentice and young farmer programs students learn real life skills (cooking, counting, conflict resolution, communication) managing a NYC client to connect rural and urban market places in an authentic experience that aims to shift the paradigm toward better food for all.
FarmOn! Ag-Academy is awarded by scholarship. The Ag-Academy at Empire Farm is an incubator and full immersion in-residence 12-week program for students age 17-22 (graduated high school) interested in pursuing careers in agricultural, culinary arts, forestry, engineering, energy or the environment.
In partnership with the State University of New York SUNY and offering an applied learning opportunity in a curriculum contracted by NYC celebrated chefs, FarmOn! at Empire Farm is a one-of-its kind custom growing program where Ag Academy students (gap-year, college kids, vocationally trained or interns/apprentices/young farmers) learn the business of food on an organic working farm. This program offers students the opportunity to live in residence at on historic 220 acre Empire Farm and carry out the daily chores of farm life while running a business (sales, marketing, communications and finance) and overseeing the operation from farm-to-table commerce: Seeding, transplanting, harvesting, wash and mindfully packing, planning, projecting, producing, delivering, invoicing and balancing a ledger all while learning by doing. Students manage a client and write a business plan while overcoming daily challenges on our time and our dime. Building conflict resolution skill sets and simulating day to day of running a business or managing a client chef/restaurant orders teaches real life skills.
$12,000 per student for 32 students annually – 8 students x 4 semesters 12 weeks including room and board, food and culinary classes. At the end of this experience, students will receive 12 college internship credits (where applicable), a $3,500 scholarship, and recommendation and referral for work placement.