· Apprentices are matched to a local mentor farmer and work through the season to learn the basics of production; this can include small livestock, greenhouse propagation, and in-season cultivation and harvest.
· Work alongside other apprentices at DirtWorks, the Lowcountry Local First incubator farm on Johns Island.
· Hands-on experience in the dirt as well as an introduction to the business side of agriculture
When do apprentices work?
· The spring season runs from March 18 to August 2, 2013.
· Apprentices can be full- (20+ hours) or part-time (4-8 hours).
Who can be an apprentice?
· Apprentices require no prior experience in agriculture – just enthusiasm and a strong work ethic.
· Apprentices will need their own transportation to and from their mentor farm.
What is the benefit of apprenticing through LLF?
· In addition to physical work, LLF supplements apprentice education with field trips, farm tours, and access to agriculture networking opportunities in the Lowcountry.
· Full-time apprentices are paid according to funding availability.
· LLF works with business development, and apprentices have access to our network of local businesses (including restaurants and food entrepreneurs) and business development resources.
· Our program is designed to train new farmers from start to finish; to do this, apprentices complete a season, from which point graduates are prepared to manage other farms or begin their own ventures through our incubator farm.
When/how do I apply?
· Applications are attached or can be found at: www.lowcountrylocalfirst.org; include your resume with the application.
· Applications are accepted through February 1st.
· Apprenticeship descriptions and applications are attached.
Contact the Growing New Farmers Project Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.