2014 Apprentice Scott cultivating the mustard seed crop

2014 Apprentice Scott cultivating the mustard seed crop

Want to learn how to run a small, intensive organic farm through a mentored work experience?

Chickadee Farm offers an advanced apprenticeship program for 2-3 aspiring organic farmers each year. The education of our apprentices is one of our highest priorities and we devote substantial time to conveying the skills, knowledge and strategies of successful organic farming to our apprentices. In exchange for a full work week, apprentices are offered a weekly class on farming topics from soil science to business planning, are taken on a weekly 2-hour farm observation and assessment walk, are coached to accomplish all farm tasks and are mentored to become partners in the management of our farm. Housing and a living stipend are provided.

We have been hosting and training apprentices since 1999 and since then have trained over 38 apprentices, many who return for a second year and many who go on to start their own farms. Our expectations for apprentices is that they are hard-working, dedicated to the farm’s success, passionate about learning and contribute to creating a farm culture of joyful camaraderie.

If you are ready to launch your farming career through an apprenticeship, please contact us to learn more about our program and explore whether our farm is right for you!

2014 Apprentice Eric in the pepper crop

2014 Apprentice Eric in the pepper crop

Harvest a seed crop

Harvesting a seed crop