Call for Seed Farm Apprentices
Posted: November 23, 2011
The Seed Farm apprenticeship program trains new farmers in all aspects of managing a diversified vegetable farm. Graduates of the apprenticeship are eligible to farm at the Seed Farm, leasing land and equipment at reduced rates and receiving additional mentorship.
Who should apply: Apprentices/farm workers with 1-3 years of experience who are ready to make serious steps toward starting their own farms.
What the program offers:
- 600 hours of additional on farm training in key areas such as equipment use and production planning.
- 100 hours of coursework in business planning; organic management of pests, weeds and diseases, marketing, crop and rotation planning.
- Land, equipment, cooler and greenhouse space available at reduced rates while you start your new farm.
- Mentors to consult as you work through the first two years of your business.
- A community of farmers.
For program details go to the website at www.theseedfarm.org. Note year one is a part-time, un-paid apprenticeship. A limited number of part-time paid positions may be available with partnering farms to complement the intensive learning of the Seed Farm. Please contact the Sara Runkel, Farm Manager/ Executive Director for details.
Application Deadline: December 15, 2011