Farmer Training Apprenticeship

Our Farmer Training Apprenticeships are one to five-month farm crew positions that immerses 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 2022 positions are now open!

2022 Program Details

DATES: We will work with individuals to determine exact dates:

  • 1 month positions: May and June
  • 2 month positions: starting in May, June or July

PROGRAM COST: We are offering this program at no cost.

WHAT TO EXPECT: Participants will work alongside the field crew for 20-25 hours per week and will have the opportunity to pursue specific areas of interest. They will receive modest housing, food staples, and a $1,000/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 preferred but 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 2022!

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