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 are closed for 2024. Please check back in early 2025 to apply for next summer!

2024 Program Details

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

WHAT TO EXPECT: Participants will work and train alongside Calypso's field crew for 25-30 hours per week. You'll be immersed in different aspects of small-scale farming and will receive additional instruction on foundational topics such as soil, biodiversity, seeds, farm planning, etc.

You will receive modest housing, food staples and a $1,000/month educational stipend.*

Room & Board: 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 early June and continues in great abundance through the rest of the season.

Transportation: A personal vehicle is not required, however, the farm is located about 10 miles from Fairbanks and public transportation is not available in our area. If you would like to have a car to go into town in the evenings or explore on the weekends, you could consider driving to Fairbanks, renting a car when you get here, or bringing/renting a bike.

*Apprentices not living on the farm will receive a $1,500/month stipend.

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!


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


Applications for 2024 are now closed.
Please check back in early 2025 to apply for next summer!