California: Soil Born Farms is seeking one full season apprentice applicant to join four already accepted applicants for the 2013 season. The apprenticeship runs from March 1 to November 1.
The goal of the apprenticeship program at Soil Born Farms is to provide a training ground for aspiring farmers by teaching the basic concepts and practical applications of organic food production. This experience is contextualized within Soil Born Farm?s work using agriculture as a platform to tie Food Systems into the larger social issues of food security, social justice, and public health.
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Apprentices are exposed to all aspects of food production. They learn about propagation, irrigation, soil management, harvesting, marketing and many other related skills through a combination of hands-on learning and structured classes. Apprentices work and live on the American River Ranch, a 25-acre ranch utilizing field-scale agricultural techniques. At some point during the season, they also have the opportunity to work on our smaller Farm on Hurley Way, a 1.5 acre market garden, applying hand-scale bio-intensive gardening methods. Produce is distributed to several outlets in the county of Sacramento including an on-site farm stand, a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, and retail and restaurant sales. Additionally a significant portion of our produce is sold or donated to low income residents. This program is an educational experience but it is also a working Apprenticeship, applicants should be prepared to work hard and commit themselves to the task of running a farm.
Housing: Canvas tents with access to shared kitchen, living room and bathroom.
Compensation: Food from the farm (vegetables, eggs, etc), modest allotment for supplementary foodstuff and compensation for a portion of hours worked on the farm.
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