Applications and Scholarships Available for 2015 Apprentice Program at UCSC Farm & Garden

The Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS) at UC Santa Cruz is accepting applications for its 2015 Apprenticeship Program. A range of scholarship funding is available for interested applicants, and the deadline to apply is September 30th.

The 2015 Apprenticeship Program

The Apprenticeship Program is a six-month, full-time residential training at the 30-acre organic farm and 3-acre Alan Chadwick Garden on the UCSC campus.

Each year, the apprenticeship program trains 39 adults in the concepts and practices of organic gardening and small-scale sustainable farming through experiential learning and traditional classroom studies.

The program has nearly 1,500 graduates who use their training in a range of fields including organic farms and businesses, educational farms, community gardens, urban food projects, school gardens, Peace Corps programs, and social justice programs.  

Funding for Interested Applicants

Scholarship sources include the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program as well as private donations and foundations such as Simply Organic. Additionally, apprentices may apply G.I. Bill funding and AmeriCorps stipends to the program.

The Apprenticeship Program also offers free housing to 36 trainees on the UCSC Farm. To keep food costs low, apprentices cook together and share a farm kitchen.

Application and Contact Information

For more information, contact CASFS at 831-459-3240, or at casfs@ucsc.edu. Learn more about CASFS at http://casfs.ucsc.edu

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