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Posted: December 16, 2014 | Location: Sacramento, California

0Soil Born Farms Apprenticeship Sacramento, CA Phone: (916) 363-9685 website: www.soilborn.org Soil Born Farms is seeking five full-season farm apprentices for the 2015 season. The apprenticeship runs from March 2 to October 31. Please submit your application by December 20, 2014. The goal of the apprenticeship program at Soil Born Farms is to provide training for aspiring farmers by teaching the basic concepts and practical applications of organic food production. At Soil Born Farms, organic food production is a piece of the broader work of the organization, tying food systems into the larger social issues of food security, social justice, and public and ecological health. This full-time apprenticeship is designed for people who want to pursue a career in sustainable “specialty crop production” or mixed fruit and vegetable farming. Interested applicants can apply with an intention to participate in only the first-year apprenticeship, but the ideal candidate will be interested in pursuing the second-year apprenticeship as well. Apprentices are exposed to all aspects of food production through hands-on field work (40-45 hours/week), formal classes on sustainable crop production farm business skills (30-35 hours total), monthly readings and discussions, and monthly regional farm tours. Three positions are available each season for Second-Year Apprentices, taking on increased responsibility at either the American River Ranch or the Farm on Hurley Way. Required Qualifications: • Ability to commit to a full-time eight-month apprenticeship (March – October) • Commitment to sustainable agriculture • Strong interest in pursuing a career in farming or community food systems • Interest in working in a physically-demanding position in all kinds of weather • Ability to lift at least 50 lbs. Preferred Qualifications: • An interest in pursuing a career in sustainable agriculture in the Sacramento region • Some experience working or volunteering on farms and/or doing outdoor manual labor Housing & Compensation: 10’x10’ canvas platform tents with access to shared kitchen, living room and bathroom. Apprentices will receive a stipend for a portion of the hours worked on the farm. Staff sit down together daily during the work week to eat a prepared lunch. Apprentices will also receive food from the farm (vegetables, eggs, etc) and a stipend for supplementary food. Application deadline: December 20, 2014 Start date: March 2, 2015 More information and application available at: http://soilborn.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=60&Itemid=72 Contact apprenticeship@soilborn.org with questions.

Posted: December 16, 2014 | Location: Blachly, Oregon

Horton Road Organics is hiring apprentices for the 2015 season. At Horton Road Organics, we cultivate 5 acres of vegetables that provide food for three local farmers markets, natural food stores, restaurants, and a 70-member CSA. Our apprentice program is predominantly hands on. Prior field experience can be very helpful but not as important as a willingness to meet the demands of the farm each day. It is essential that you: (1) Are able to commit to the entire season mid April through October and have a good work ethic, (2) Are physically able to do field work, which involves a combination of stamina, strength and flexibility, and (3) Are able to work well with others in a team, have good communications skills, and are prepared to contribute time and energy to community building activities. Students spend much of their time planting, weeding, harvesting and preparing vegetables. They also dig and fertilize raised beds, go to farmers markets, do deliveries, keep records, choose projects to pursue, and write for the CSA newsletter. Throughout the season, students are expected to gain mastery over different tasks and develop an understanding of the working farm that comes with working closely with past graduates and being an important part of a seasonal crew. What is learned in the field is contextualized by classes and field trips that introduce students to the basic subjects involved in small scale organic farming. Our goal each year is to foster a diversified, productive, ecologically sensitive and personally enriching learning environment. Commitment & Compensation: • April 15-October 31, 2015; 40-hour work week, Monday-Friday • $700 Monthly Stipend & Worker’s Compensation Coverage • Extra pay for Saturday Farmers Markets • Community Living, Private Bedroom & Bulk Food Provided The position is open until filled. Please apply online at www.hortonorganics.com.