Indigenous Agriculture

Calypso supports food sovereignty, including ecological agriculture and traditional food practices.

As an extension of our Farmer Training Programs, we are proud to partner with Indigenous communities and individuals in rural Alaska on a program that provides Indigenous-led farmer training opportunities and support for Alaska Native farmers across the state.


Beginning Farmer Training for Rural Alaskan Communities: Produced by Biclops Productions

Beginning Farmer Training for Rural Alaskan Communities: Produced by Biclops Productions
Upcoming Training Opportunities

Trainings are held at Calypso Farm in Fairbanks, Alaska.


Beginning Farmer Training for Rural Communities

Led by Indigenous farmers in partnership with the farmers at Calypso Farm, this hands-on program will teach participants how to grow vegetables in a way that is transferable to village communities.

2024 Training Dates:

  • Option #1: June 10th-13th, 2024
  • Option #2: July 1st-3rd, 2024
  • Option #3 (Native Plants Session): August 12-14th, 2024*

Options 1 & 2 will cover the following basic topics:

  • Seed starting
  • Preparing garden beds & transplanting plants
  • Cultivation & garden management
  • Water systems & irrigation
  • Composting
  • Using what you have on site to build the health of your soils
  • Animal husbandry: keeping sheep, goats and chickens
  • Bee keeping basics
  • Native plants

*The Native Plants Session will have a stronger focus on native plants. Topics covered in this session will include:

  • Identifying & incorporating native plants into the garden
  • Cultivation & garden management
  • Exploring medicinal uses
  • Discussing historical value/purposes
  • Using native plants in your area to build healthy soils on your site

Cost: This training program is being offered at no cost.

Camping: Participants will tent camp at the farm and have access to an outdoor kitchen, outhouse and sauna. We will provide a tent, cot and sleeping bag, as well as food for the length of the program.

Participants are welcome to stay off-farm with friends or family, or reserve their own accommodations if tent camping is not a good option for them. If you choose to stay off-farm, you will need to provide your own transportation to and from the farm each day.

Travel: We will work with you to provide travel to Fairbanks. Roundtrip airfare up to $1,000 per participant will be covered.

Youth Farm Camp: We are offering a hands-on summer camp for kids (approx. ages 5-11) at the same time as this program! If you need/would like to bring your kids with you, they are invited to join camp at no cost while you attend the training. Depending on travel costs, we may be able to assist with some of their travel as well.

All applicants must live in rural Alaska and preference will be given to aspiring Indigenous farmers and gardeners.

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Questions about the program? Please get in touch! Email us at info@calypsofarm.org or call 907-451-0691.

Become an Instructor!


Become a trainer in Calypso's Indigenous Agriculture Program! Join growers from across the state in sharing knowledge and learning hands-on teaching techniques in preparation for being an instructor in our Beginning Farmer Training Program for Rural Communities.

This program is for Indigenous farmers and gardeners who are excited to teach others how to grow food in village communities and are interested in joining our team of instructors, for both the training sessions listed above and future trainings.

Experience in instructing is not required! All instructors will attend a "Train the Trainer" session to learn everything needed to be a trainer in the program.

2024 Train the Trainer sessions:

  • Session #1: June 5th-7th, 2024*
  • Session #2: June 26th-28th, 2024*

*Additional Dates: We'd love for participants to stay and attend the Beginning Farmer Training Program that immediately follows the instructor training:

  • For Session 1, instructors could stay to teach on June 10-13. Their total trip to Fairbanks would be June 5-13, not including travel days.
  • For Session 2, instructors could stay to teach on July 1-3. Their total trip to Fairbanks would be June 26 - July 3, not including travel days.

Cost: This training program is being offered at no cost. After completion of the training, participants will receive $40/hour for their time instructing in each additional session.

Camping: Participants will tent camp at the farm and have access to an outdoor kitchen, outhouse and sauna. We will provide a tent, cot and sleeping bag, as well as food for the length of the program.

Participants are welcome to stay off-farm with friends or family, or reserve their own accommodations if tent camping is not a good option for them. If you choose to stay off-farm, you will need to provide your own transportation to and from the farm each day.

Travel: We will work with you to provide travel to Fairbanks for the training as well as for any additional sessions in which you are an instructor.

Babysitting & Youth Farm Camp: For anyone who wants/needs to bring their children with them, babysitting can be provided during the Train the Trainer session and kids can attend Farm Camp during the Farmer Training Session that follows!

Kids ages 5-11 are welcome to join camp at no cost and, depending on travel costs, we may be able to assist with some of their travel as well.

Preference will be given to Indigenous farmers and gardeners.

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