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Farmer Starter Alums - Where Are They Now?
Since the first class in Fall 2014, we have had 26 (soon to be 29!) students graduate from our farmer education program, Farmer Starter. Farmer Starter is an immersive farmer training program on a working, certified organic, diversified vegetable farm designed to provide aspiring farmers with the essential skills and training needed to manage a sustainable farming business.

Interested in being a future alum? Limited space is available for the Fall 2019 class. Apply today!

Here are two alums sharing their stories, Krissy from Fall 2014 and Josh from Fall 2018!
Newly tilled soil at Market Garden 42 in Elgin, TX.
Krissy graduating from the first Farmer Starter class in 2014! Photo by Carrie Kenney.
"Since completing the Farmer Starter program with Farmshare Austin, I have worked for a multitude of central Texas farmers and artisans in order to delve in deeper and have a greater understanding of the Texas food system. In 2017, I moved temporarily to Massachusetts to manage a certified organic vegetable and flower farm for a season. Upon return to Texas I had the pleasure of managing local food-centric businesses in Taylor and now work with Farmhouse Delivery as their Farmhouse Kitchen Project & Product Manager. My partner and I (we met as vendors of the Mueller Farmers' Market) have since gotten married and started our own farm named Market Garden 42.

We host a farm stand every Sunday from 12 PM - 5 PM at the Taylor Garden Center, recently held a Korean Natural Farming Conference and volunteer on the board of directors in an effort to get the Elgin Farmers' Market going again. Recently, we've purchased an additional 10 acres of land and look forward to developing it over the next year to expand our natural farming efforts."

- Krissy, Fall 2014

Follow Krissy's journey on instagram: @marketgarden42 @tragicacres
Josh enthusiastically graduating in 2018!
Josh harvesting carrots.
"[Since completing the Farmer Starter program,] I'm working for OpenAg, an initiative out of the MIT Media Lab seeking to optimize nutrition and taste through highly-controlled hydroponics systems. We modulate temperature, humidity, LED spectra/scheduling, and water pH/nutrient content. We use plant height/width and leaf count as metrics of plant health and gas chromatography mass spectrometry (GCMS) data to determine the nutrient and flavor profile of the resultant crops.
 
In the fall, I will go to USC to pursue a PhD in Computer Science. I've identified an advisor who is pioneering the field of computational agroecology --- with an expressed interest of creating perennial systems of urban food production with the aid of computational models/simulations. I'm so excited!"

- Josh, Fall 2018
H-E-B Tournament of Champions
Our Fresh for Less Mobile Markets excel at meeting folks where they are, but we can't do this work alone. That's why we're excited to announce that for the third year, H-E-B Tournament of Champions is sponsoring our Fresh for Less Mobile Markets that serve the Del Valle area!

This past spring, the Mobile Markets sold over $23,100 in Texas produce, honey and eggs as well as shelf-stable goods at reduced prices to 2,480 customers. Over 21% of sales were made using SNAP and SFC Double Dollars!
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