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beginning woman farmer mentorship opportunity in iowa

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The Women, Food and Agriculture Network is accepting applications for their Harvesting Our Potential program, an 8-10 week internship for women who are interested in farming/raising food or food products. The purpose of the program is to empower women who want to farm by providing them on-farm experience and a network of other women in food and agriculture. There is no cost to the intern, and they receive a small stipend of $500 if they complete the program and their evaluation forms (which are quite simple).  They work with a female farmer who has been farming for at least 5 years. The intern would fill out an application, which allows them to share the type of farming they are interested in, then they will be matched with the best mentor for their interests.  We have mentors across Iowa.

There are opportunities for the women to live on-farm or, if their mentor is close by, they can drive to the farm on their scheduled workdays.  They set up goals with their mentor, and then track those goals over the course of the time they are involved.

To apply to be a mentee, click HERE!
Find more on the Harvesting Our Potential program and WFAN by clicking HERE.
Thanks to Anna Johnson for sharing this info with us!


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canada: stewards of irreplaceable lands (SOIL) seeks apprentices!

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SOIL links Canadian farmers willing to take on and train apprentices with folks wanting to work and learn on an organic farm using sustainable practices. We aim to facilitate apprenticeships which transfer lasting knowledge to both the farmer and the apprentice. Established in 1989 as a non-profit organization, our goals are:

  • To encourage the growth of sustainable agriculture in Canada
  • To expose potential apprentices to a rural lifestyle. For those with little or no farming experience an apprenticeship can offer a valuable hands on learning environment in which to acquire the basic skills or even provide the basis for an agricultural career.
  • To assist the farmer with the necessary support required to successfully run their organic operation. The farmers and farm community can also benefit greatly from the influx of new ideas, energy and enthusiasm of apprentices.

SOIL acts as a directory that links farm-hosts and prospective apprentices. All listings are submitted to this site by farm employers. Stewards of Irreplaceable Land makes no claims of any kind about content, accuracy, suitability, intent, comprehensiveness, or availability of positions. SOIL makes no representations or guarantees about positions listed on its website and is not responsible for safety, wages, working conditions, or other aspects of employment. It is the responsibility of prospective apprentices to take all necessary precautions when interviewing for or accepting positions, and he/she is solely responsible for obtaining necessary information concerning the employers, using caution and common sense. It is the responsibility of host farms to be aware of federal and provincial labour laws related to hiring apprentices and for apprentice training for full on-farm health and safety. SOIL provides the listing only as a public service, and the listings do not imply any recommendation by the organization.

Please feel free to contact them with any questions using the form on their website, or by emailing soilapprenticeships@gmail.com.


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versaland permaculture research farm seeks interns

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Versaland is a 145-acre permaculture research farm in Iowa City, Iowa. Science-focused and early stage, Versaland (with you!) will plant 12,000+ trees in the 2016 season while continuing to develop our ponds, earthworks and Keyline installations.

Versaland operates custom-built machinery, an electric tractor and many other farm innovations.

Hosting skill-specific workshops throughout the season including a Permaculture Design Course and leading in GPS Keyline design, interns will gain a lifetime of experience.

Hacker, writer, artist, or engineer, we’re looking for talented folks who will tinker with the future of agriculture.

Smart and ambitious folks, bring the fury. To find out more, click HERE!


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farmshare austin currently accepting applications for spring 2016 program

Farmshare Austin, is a nonprofit dedicated to providing communities with healthy food by teaching the next generation of organic farmers.

“Using a blend of hands-on in-field training and formal classroom education, students will gain practical knowledge and experience in organic and sustainable growing methods, as well as learning the business and financial planning skills necessary to establish a successful market farm. Students will live and work on a seven acre organic farm in an intensive four and a half month immersion learning experience. Students will receive extensive in-field training in organic vegetable production with mentorship from experienced staff, and will work cooperatively to accomplish daily tasks for a 60 member CSA. Students will be exposed to all aspects of a working farm and will develop in-depth skills through this seasonal program. Daily activities may include bed preparation, planting, weeding, irrigation, harvest, and packing.

Students will also receive 200 hours of formal educational time. Students will participate in bi-weekly classes, along with farm walks, discussions, workshops, and monthly local area farm tours with opportunities to work with and learn from agricultural professionals and expert farmers. Students will benefit from individual attention, small class size, and evaluations for educational and training goals.

We are seeking vibrant, enthusiastic candidates who are committed to participating in an intensive twenty week training program in organic vegetable production.  Applicants should have a passion for sustainable agriculture and be prepared to submerse themselves in an inclusive learning community. We strive to select individuals who can contribute a diverse set of skills and knowledge, and are ultimately looking to create a healthy, happy, and active learning community.”

For more information click HERE!


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grange farm school spring term 2016

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California’s Grange Farm School provides programs designed for “practical people who are ready to make a difference in the real world. Students with a desire to enter a career in agriculture equipped with essential skills, knowledge, and resources. Students who want to be among the million new farmers, ranchers, and small businesses this country needs in order to transform agriculture through creative and profitable enterprises.”

Does that sound like you? Because if it does, you should know that the Greenhorns give this program their highest recommendation.

The Grange School’s 14 week residential, Student Program aims to offer students the “tools and confidence to manage a successful agricultural enterprise, whether in farming, ranching, or related fields.” Participants live and work on a beautiful 5,000 acre ranch with diverse vegetables, grains, fruit trees, and livestock and participate in a comprehensive curriculum in business management, industrial arts, animal husbandry, soil and ecology, and crop production. The program hopes to provide students with a whole-system framework combined with classroom instruction and hands-on knowledge.

 

Contact the school at info@grangefarmschool.org for more information or their website website or blog: www.grangefarmschool.org   and www.grangefarmschool.wordpress.com!

The deadline to apply for the Spring term is February 1st.


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green farming in the green mountains: farmer training program at UVM

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Applications are currently being accepted for UVM’s farmer training program! The six-month program offers a certificate in Sustainable Agriculture and provides students with a combination of classroom learning and hands-on experience managing the school’s 10-acre education farm. Each year, 25 students are accepted and learn everything from crop rotation to marketing. If you’re looking for an learning experience that is more formally structured (and probably more comprehensive) than the traditional farm apprenticeship, this program might be right for you!

The program runs May-October and is “designed for people interested in immersing themselves in sustainable, local food systems in a hands-on educational setting. Candidates include, but are not limited to:  new and beginning farmers, urban and community gardeners, farm educators and students interested in deepening their understanding of sustainable farming systems in an intensive and focused learning environment.”

You can learn more at UVM‘s website and order an information packet for the program. Admission is given on a rolling basis.

 

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