The Fahrmeier Farms Apprenticeship program provides a hands-on direct experience in farming, sustainable food systems, and agricultural education. Apprentices work as a close team to develop an introductory understanding of farming practices as well as an understanding of the broader food systems in which farming is embedded as they are mentored by farming, marketing, and educational staff. Topics covered include propagation, irrigation, marketing, harvesting, management, plant ecology, soil systems, integrated pest management, food systems, and much more.Apprentices have skill set which could allow them to gone on to excel in the agricultural, horticultural, culinary, non-profit, and academic sectors.
Our apprenticeship program begins each year in mid March and continues through October. Apprentices are expected to stay for a minimum of three months of the program to develop a more complete understanding of seasonal impacts on farming and to maintain a consistent team.
Apprentices work and learn Monday-Friday from 7:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. alongside our farming and marketing staff engaging in all activities essential to the operation of a farm. At this time, we do not offer housing but can be arranged.
·1. A resume complete with your current contact information and work references.
·2. A cover letter that addresses where you will live and availability.
·3. Personal Statement that answers the following questions:
·-How did you learn about Fahrmeier Farms?
·-There are a number of farms offering apprenticeships. Why Fahrmeier Farms?
·-What skills, personal qualities, and experience would you like to acquire through our program?
·-What skills, qualities and experience do you have to share?
Is there anything else you would like us to know about you? After receiving all application materials, we will contact you to set up a time to visit the farm for a morning of work. All prospective apprentices must visit the farm before acceptance into the program.