The California Farm Academy is accepting applications for both its Beginning Farmer Training Program and its Apprenticeship Program. The Beginning Farmer Training Program provides aspiring farmers a strong foundation from which to launch their agricultural careers. During the seven-month program, lessons focus on crop production, business planning, and marketing, and they culminate in a personal business plan or farm-career plan. In addition to the classes, hands-on field experience and farm visits expose students to topics critical for a future in farming. Classes are designed to accommodate work schedules, meeting on Tuesdays and Thursday in the early evenings, as well as two Saturdays per month. The application deadline is November 27, 2017 and classes begin in February 2018. Meanwhile, the Apprenticeship Program provides aspiring farmers with a combination of coursework and hands-on training that is intended to set them on a path to earn management positions with established farms, or to be successful in starting & sustaining their own farm. The program requires a two-year commitment. Apprentices are paid for 3,000 hours of hands-on training and are enrolled in the CFA Training Program as part of their curriculum. Applications will be accepted until February 1, 2018, with a program start date in mid-March.
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