Farmer Training Apprenticeship

Our Farmer Training Apprenticeships are one to two month farm crew positions that immerse participants in all aspects of farming. This experiential work-trade program focuses on providing skills, inspiration and experience for participants interested in launching their own small-scale farm.

Applications for 2023 positions are now open!

2023 Program Details

DATES: 1 month and 2 month positions are available throughout the farming season (May-September). We will work with individuals to determine exact dates.

WHAT TO EXPECT: Participants will work alongside the field crew 20-30 hours per week. They will receive modest housing, food staples and a $1,500/month educational stipend.

ROOM & BOARD: Program participants are provided rustic sleeping accommodations, a shared kitchen space, simple laundry facilities, outhouse, and sauna for bathing. Basic food staples (grains, beans, nuts, dried fruit, oils, spices, etc.) are provided throughout the program. Fresh produce is available by late May and continues in great abundance through the rest of the season.

    QUALIFICATIONS:

    • Serious interest in starting your own farm business
    • Ability to learn and work alongside others
    • Prior farming experience is not required

    Participants are selected based on their level of interest, personal experience and potential for future application of what they’ve learned.

    We strive to select a diverse group of participants and welcome all applicants! Black, Indigenous and aspiring farmers of color, members of the LGBTQ community, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Space in the program is limited and applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until all spaces are filled. We look forward to hearing from you!

    APPLY NOW FOR 2023!

    Questions? We welcome and encourage any questions about the program! Email susan@calypsofarm.org or call us at 907-451-0691.

    If you are an experienced farmer looking to work with Calypso for the entire growing season, please get in touch!