The Sprouting Farms Apprenticeship is a farm business training program designed to prepare participants with sound business management and production skills to launch and refine their farm businesses. We offer new and beginning farmers a supportive and intensive learning experience focused on economic, environmental and social sustainability. Located on the Sprouting Farms wholesale production farm, the program offers a practical learning environment and a chance to be part of an active farming community.
The Sprouting Farms Apprenticeship is a 6-month or 12-month program designed for individuals who desire to grow their farm knowledge and skills and aspire to launching their own farm business. Participants can opt to follow a traditional track for 6-months including 24 hours of on-site training per week or a 12-month weekend intensive track which allows for independent learning with training on-site at Sprouting Farms one weekend per month. Upon completion, graduates can join our incubator program where they will receive additional education, mentorship, and support while they launch their own farm business on-site.
Application Criteria and Process
We are now accepting applications for the 2020 Apprenticeship, scheduled to begin March 15, 2020 and conclude September 18, 2020. Applications are due no later than March 1, 2020, but encouraged sooner.
Applicants will receive stipends for their educational time and training hours, $9/hour.
Applicants will be contacted for an interview on a rolling basis until the program is filled.
Please consider your experience thoughtfully.
All applicants are expected to:
• Share an interest in sustainable production techniques
• Formulate a farm or agricultural business idea or concept
• Be a respectful and engaged part of the farm team
• Work cooperatively and respect other land users on site