Check out the new website for Apprenticeship Alumni at www.Growafarmer.org!
• Add yourself to the map of apprentice farms and projects
• See job postings and read blogs from the Farm & Garden staff
• Read below for more features and login information
In January 2012 we debuted the Grow a Farmer website for CASFS Farm & Garden Apprenticeship alumni.
The new website includes a variety of features for Apprenticeship alumni. If you’re a graduate of the Apprenticeship program and we have your current email address, you should have received an email on January 24, 2012 (check your inbox) letting you know how to log into the password-protected area of the site. If you didn’t receive an email, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can send you a password.
Once you’ve logged into the site at www.Growafarmer.org, you can –
Add information to the profile section for alumni (no contact information will be visible to other apprentices, but you can send a message through the website to alumni who have set up their profiles)
* Make sure to check the box to make your profile visible if you want other apprentices to see your city, state, and work activities
* Make sure to click UPDATE at the bottom of the form
Put your work on the map of Apprentices' farms/work/projects worldwide (once you've logged in, there's an "add to map" link on both the home page and the Member Details page)
* Make sure to include a street address, city, and state to show up on the map.
* If your farm/business/project has a website, you can add it here (and in your profile)
Don't be shy . . . you are helping the cause by putting your work on the map! We want you on the map and want the map to showcase all the different kind of work people are doing.
Join a discussion on the Farmer Forum
This forum was inspired by a Google group started by then Farm Manager Jim Leap and Apprenticeship graduate Darryl Wong of Freewheelin' Farm for former apprentices and others farming in California's Central Coast. Now retired from UCSC and starting his own farm, Jim is lending guidance to this new online forum and has suggested categories for starting discussions. To suggest other topics, please contact the site administrator.
Find apprentices from your year by clicking on CASFS Alumni to do a search by year or name. Help us find those for whom we have no email address. You can forward this link to others and they can email email@example.com for a password. Encourage others to put themselves on the map!
Look for job postings and land opportunities or send us announcements for either to post for other alumni. Send us your stories and news clippings for the alumni profiles and the news section. We're also looking for websites, publications, and other beginning farmer resources to include in the Resources section, so please send us your recommendations.
You can also –
Check out the blog entries from Orin Martin and Christof Bernau. Read the latest news from the Farm & Garden. Stay tuned for new features like a bulletin board for class connections and reunion announcements, and a photo gallery/slide show.
We received grant and gift support for this Alumni website project from supporters who understood that the website would provide an important resource for Apprenticeship graduates while showing the Apprenticeship's impact by profiling apprentices' work around the world. Ultimately we think this will be a powerful tool to help us stay connected, provide resources for Apprenticeship alumni, and garner support and recognition for the program from a wide audience. The more apprentices post their information on the map and send us jobs or resources to post, the more this site will become a vibrant resource for everyone.
Thanks for staying connected!
The Alumni Database
We’re working to build our alumni database so that we can improve our communications efforts and share updates.
You can help. If you graduated from the Apprenticeship in Ecological Horticulture or were an apprentice in the early days of the UCSC Farm and Garden projects, please keep us up to date on how to reach you. You can send contact information, news about your latest project, photos, and other updates to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here’s a sample of the type of information we’re looking for:
2005 Apprenticeship graduate
Blair is Executive Director of the Garden for the Environment program in San Francisco, organizing and teaching courses in urban food production and composting