This is a paid, two-year apprenticeship in sustainable commercial agriculture focusing on specialty crops (row crops, vineyards, orchards) in the Northern Central Valley of California. The program is for individuals who are passionate about farming and are looking to further their career in agriculture. Apprentices will gain hands-on training, work experience, and exposure to all aspects farming with the goals of obtaining a management position on established farms, or eventually starting their own farm business.
Our program is a formal, state-registered apprenticeship with paid on-the-job training and supplemental coursework. Completion of the program requires 3,000 hours of on-the-job training at a production farm in the Northern Sacramento Valley and 250 hours of coursework. Our partner farms range from 50 to 10,000 acres, are located within a one-hour range of Sacramento, CA, and grow a diversity of crops from processing tomatoes and sunflowers for export to organic vegetables for CSA’s and farmers markets. The majority of our participating farmers are growing on over 500 acres, and have both conventional and organic parts of their operations.
Specific job duties and responsibilities will vary based on employer. However, apprentices should expect to exposed to all aspects of running a farm, including some office and regulatory tasks.
Apprentices are expected to arrive for on-the-job training and coursework early, or on time.
Education & Experience:
Farming experience is strongly encouraged. Applicants must demonstrate awareness regarding the challenges of working agriculture, as well as demonstrate some deep thinking about personal motivation for pursuing a career in agriculture and their goals.
Apprentices must be over age 18, have a high school diploma or G.E.D. equivalent, have a valid U.S. Driver's License, and be eligible to work in the United States.