Growing Growers Apprenticeships
Apprentices will be given a list of potential Host Farms and will be responsible for arranging interviews with such farms. Every reasonable effort will be made to accommodate and match all qualified applicants to a Host Farm, but the Program cannot guarantee placement for each applicant. The Host Farm and the Apprentice will come to an agreement of expectations including start and end dates, schedule, rate of pay or other compensation, core responsibilities, and other important details of work on the farm. These expectations are not "set in stone," but provide an important reference point for both Host Farms and Apprentices.
Apprentices may be either volunteer or paid positions, depending on the Host Farm. Regardless, Apprentices are responsible for working the agreed upon hours in a professional manner.
During work on the farm, Apprentices will receive informal hands-on training from Host Farmers. Additionally, Apprentices will receive 8 hours of one-on-one training with their Host Farmer. This training is extra and unpaid.
An important part of the program is the workshop series. Apprentices will be required to attend at least 5 of the 7 workshops offered. There may be opportunities to make up for missed workshops through other local technical workshops or seminars, or by watching video recordings of the Growing Growers ICT workshops. Workshops will focus on recommended production practices for specialty crops, soil fertility, irrigation, food safety, and insect, disease, and weed management.
The Apprentice is also responsible for helping at the Common Ground Mobile Market for 3-5 days over the course of the growing season in order to gain understanding of the Mobile Market business model and to understand the needs and interests of low-income or low-access consumers.
Failure to participate in these educational activities may result in termination from the program.
Apprentices must pay a $500 non-refundable participation fee to cover program and resource costs (books, workshops, etc.) The Apprenticeship may not begin until these funds are received by the Program staff or a payment plan has been established. A limited number of scholarships to waive the participation fee are available for Apprentices in need.