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APPRENTICESHIP

ABOUT OUR PROGRAM

Our apprenticeship program offers a seasonal employment opportunity for 4 candidates looking to fully immerse themselves in learning about regenerative agriculture on the job. From holistic livestock & poultry management to vermicompost and soil fertility, this program aims to provide you with a comprehensive experience and leave you with the knowledge and skills of working on a regenerative farm.

Over your 6-month stay, you will spend 80+ hours with each department on the farm– gaining an in-depth understanding of how our farm functions and incorporates ecology into agriculture. Your work will look just like ours— extremely labor-intensive and rewarding. We are looking for people who have a deep interest in regenerating and establishing relationships with the land; the ideal candidate is a hard-working individual that is eager to learn, works well within a community, and perseveres through difficult situations.

Check out our frequently asked questions for more information about program specifics.
*Please note: Candidates must be at least 21 years old, live within the U.S., and have a valid U.S. driver’s license with a clean driving record.

Schedule

Our program runs two times a year. In general the Fall/Winter program runs October–March and the Spring/Summer program runs April–September (with some slight variations).

During your stay you’ll work 6 days a week, with the general schedule being Sunday through Friday 6:30am–3:00pm, and Saturdays off. A farm is of course a 24/7 job, so there will be certain days (night time chores), or seasons (like lambing season) where hours will fluctuate.

The program requires a full commitment, including all holidays.

*During a few rotations, this schedule will shift to accommodate work required on Saturdays.

APPRENTICES WORK IN THE FOLLOWING DEPARTMENTS

Poultry

Laying hens, meat chickens, laying ducks

Livestock

Cattle, sheep, pigs, horse, guardian dogs

Vermicompost/Composting

Compost tea, farm fertility

Vegetable Garden

Farmers Market/Packhouse

Orchard Maintenance

Landscaping

Native Habitat

Mechanics

Infrastructure

DATES TO KNOW

Applications to Spring/Summer 2023 Apprenticeship will open September 12, 2022 and close on October 31, 2022. Please see below for instructions and information about the application process.

ACCOMODATIONS & MEALS

During your time on the farm, you’ll live in a shared home with your fellow three apprentices and the apprentice program liaison. The house comes with many amenities, including a full kitchen, wi-fi, washer/dryer, showers, etc.

Apricot Lane Farms provides apprentices with professionally prepared, highly nutritious meals 4 days a week (lunch and dinner, Monday-Thursday). Lunch is shared on the main barn patio with Directors and other rotating staff members. Our Chef supplements these regular meals by also providing apprentices with breakfast foods, snacks and staples. Breakfast and weekend meals (Friday – Sunday) will be prepared by apprentices in the apprentice house kitchen.

COMPENSATION

$15 / hour (Minus Meal and Housing Allowance per Agriculture Wage Order)

HOW TO APPLY

If you are sure this opportunity to work hard and learn a ton through our apprenticeship program is a good fit, we’d love for you to apply! As part of the application process, you will be asked to submit a video and questionnaire. Please email apprenticeship@apricotlanefarms.com to request an application. For candidates whose applications meet all the requirements, we will contact you with next steps. Selected candidates will go through a series of interviews with the apprentice liaison, program mentors/directors and the founding farmers of Apricot Lane Farms.

Thank you for your interest, and we look forward to hearing from you!

*Please note: Candidates must be at least 21 years old, live within the U.S., and have a valid U.S. driver’s license with a clean driving record.

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