North Carolina Women of the Land Agricultural Network, a new nonprofit organization devoted to women farmers in North Carolina, is starting a total-immersion farm program just for women. Their inaugural class begins in January 2012 and involves 10-12 hours per week of classroom instruction combined with 20-22 hours in the field, working on a farm. Looks like courses will cover both practical farm skills, such as raising animals and beekeeping, and marketing/business topics, like running a CSA and getting farm insurance.
If you're not in or near North Carolina, or not a woman, check out Sterling College's Sustainable Agriculture Program. Too late for this summer, but put it on your list for summer of 2012, if you want to immerse yourself in the day-to-day workings of a small, diverse Vermont hillside farm.
I love hearing about new "farm school" programs! If you know of any others, drop me a line.