Apprenticeship – Farm Management

Contact information
Farm Address:

, California , 20723

Primary Contact: Elaine Swiedler - Apprenticeship Program Coordinator
Secondary Contact:

Primary Phone:
    Number: 530-795-4146

Secondary Phone





Internship information
General Farm Description:

CRAFT Member Farm? No

Internship Starts: 3/1/2019
Internship Ends: 3/1/2021
Number of Internship Available: 5
Application Deadline: 11/11/2018
Minimum Length of Stay:

Internship Details:

“The California Farm Academy (CFA) Apprenticeship is a program of the Center for Land-Based Learning. The CFA Apprenticeship offers a paid, two-year apprenticeship in commercial sustainable agriculture, focusing on specialty crops (row crops, seed and oil crops, vineyards, orchards and vegetables) 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 some of the business side of farming with the goals of obtaining a management position on established farms, or eventually starting and sustaining their own small farm business. Completion of the program requires 3,000 hours of on-the-job training at a production farm in the greater Sacramento area, 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.

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Educational Opportunities: "Apprentices will complete 250 hours of coursework. 200 hours will be through the California Farm Academy Beginning Farmer Training Program. The additional 50 hours will consist of advanced courses, workshops, or industry training that are tailored to the apprentice's interests and professional goals."

Skills Desired: "The program is for individuals who know they want to pursue a career in agriculture and are looking to gain hands-on knowledge and more advanced skills. Farming experience is not required for this position but is 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, be eligible to work in the United States, have a high school diploma or G.E.D. equivalent, and have a valid U.S. Driver's License. "

Meals: Farmers are not required to provide meals and few do.

Stipend: "This is a formal, state-registered apprenticeship program, so apprentices will be paid for all 3,000 hours of on the job training. Starting pay is up to the farmer but will be at least minimum wage. Apprentices will increase a wage increase of $0.50/hour approximately every 6 months. Apprentices receive overtime wages (time and a half) when working overtime. Note that apprentices do not pay for any of their coursework fees."

Housing: "Some of the participating farms offer housing and meals, but the majority do not. Be prepared to find your own housing and provide your own meals. Veterans will be able to access their GI Bill benefits for housing if accepted into the program."

Preferred method of Contact: email