Spend the growing season on one of five local farms

Alondra Rivera, apprentice at Sidewalk Ends Farm in 2017.

Apprentices train full-time at one of the following host farms: City Farm, Pat’s Pastured and Red Planet, which are primarily vegetable growing operations, while Pat’s Pastured and Wild Harmony raise livestock. The apprentice program combines in-depth farm skills from farm mentors with tours, classes and network-building opportunities. Apprentices complete the program with not only technical skills, but a broader understanding of farm conditions and connections to resources needed to begin a farming career. They develop an education plan with their host farmers and participate in SCLT’s beginning farmer training program.

Apprentices also make connections with local agencies and businesses to help them grow their networks in the farming community, including meeting USDA staff and extension specialists.

Apprentices in the on-farm program are funded for seven months each season, generally from April through October. For interested candidates, there is also currently the possibility of 18 month managerial apprenticeships with our livestock operations that will run from April through September. Apprentices work and are paid as 40 hr/wk salaried employees of SCLT with commensurate benefits. Some weekend and evening work is expected, and is balanced by compensatory time off for all full time employees.

For the latest information about our Farm Apprenticeship Program, please contact Chandelle at chandelle@southsideclt.org

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