As we navigate the evolving challenges of COVID-19, we have decided to modify our usual five-month Farmer Training Program and offer a Farmer Training Apprenticeship in 2021: a work trade in exchange for farmer training, room and board.
Now Accepting Applications for 2021!
The Farmer Training Apprenticeship is a five-month farm crew position that immerses participants in all aspects of farming: production, creativity and business planning. This experiential work-trade program focuses on providing skills, inspiration and experience for participants interested in launching their own small-scale farm.
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 to 2-3 people and applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until all spaces are filled. We look forward to hearing from you!
DATES: May through September 2021
PROGRAM COST: We are offering this program at no cost and instead have created a work trade structure (see details below).
WHAT TO EXPECT: Participants will work 20-25 hours per week and will receive 8 hours of personalized instruction per week. In addition to the on the job experience of being a part of the farm crew at Calypso, participants will craft their own farm business plan throughout the season and will participate in small group instruction on topics such as maintaining soil health, composting, tree grafting, basic building skills and much more.
ROOM & BOARD: Program participants are provided rustic sleeping accommodations, a shared kitchen space, simple laundry facilities 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.
- Serious interest in starting your own farm business
- Ability to learn and work alongside others
- Prior farming experience is preferred but not required