Beginner Farmer Education

Restoration Agriculture for the Future of Food Security

A beginner farming course

Bertrand Farm offers an in depth Beginner Farmer curriculum for the small sustainable farm model; urban or rural.

Small Farming for Food Security presents the ins and outs of organic food production and will expand awareness of issues that surround our industrial food production and the challenges for the future of food security in our communities. Our farm mentors will provide experience in organic vegetable and fruit production, livestock management and beekeeping. Students will be actively engaged in the entire food production cycle from planning to distribution. The educational component is entwined in all field work and consists of weekly classes that include lectures, demonstrations, movies, presentations and off site farm tours. You will come away from this class with a greater understanding of your power to influence food production and health in your future. We encourage students interested in farming and also welcome those who are pursuing other paths that involve food nutrition or environmental studies. Enrollment in this class allows student to participate in all other classes offered by Bertrand Farm in 2018.

Students should seek course credit through their university.

Course instructor: Therese Niemier, Founder and Director of Bertrand Farm, Inc.

June 3 – August 19, 2016 (excluding July 8)

10 Fridays starting in June – $600.00

Some classes held at other local farms and includes multiple guest farmer presenters.

To register for any Homesteading classes, drop -ins included, send an inquiry to Theri at to check availability and get link for payment. If class size is less than 5 it will be rescheduled.



Farm Education Modules

Working Calendar
Sustainable Business Planning
Compost Module II
Compost Tea
Cover Crops
Crop Rotation
Primary Tillage
Seed and Propagation
Greenhouse Production
Direct Seeding
Managed Grazing
Weed Management
Disease Management
Insect Management
   - chickens, geese, turkeys, ducks

Water Capture
Pollinator Habitat
Hedgerows & Windbreaks
Forest Management


Contact Us

Bertrand Farm

3575 W. Bertrand Rd

Niles, MI  49120




Bertrand Farm at Good Shepherd Montessori School
1101 E Jefferson
South Bend, IN 46617

574 288-0098

Follow us on…