Apprenticeship in Ecological Horticulture

Learn organic gardening and farming skills and concepts at the Apprenticeship in Ecological Horticulture, a six-month, hands-on residential training program organized by the Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems at UC Santa Cruz. We are excited to be accepting applications for the 2018 program, with a deadline of August 15, 2017, for international applicants, and September 30, 2017, for domestic applicants. We welcome people of all backgrounds to participate.

The program offers:
six months of full-time education and training in organic gardening and small-scale sustainable farming
formal instruction and hands-on practical skill building
training in specialty crops, cut flowers, small-scale orchards
education in topics such as soil management, composting, pest and weed control, crop planning, irrigation, farm equipment, direct marketing techniques, and social issues within the food system
on-site housing in tent cabins (at no additional cost)
over 50 years of experience training new organics farmers and gardeners in a university setting

The Program Course Fee for 2018 is set at $6,000, and the Program Food Fee is $600:
full and partial course fee waivers are available for those with financial need
AmeriCorps funding is accepted
qualified military veterans can apply for the Matthew Raiford Veteran Scholarship
some military veterans rehabilitation funding is accepted

A Simply Organic Course Fee Waiver is provided to one apprentice who is interested in making a career in organic farming and sustainable agriculture
Graduates have established their own commercial farms and market gardens, developed farm- and garden-based educational programs, run urban garden programs, and more. Learn more at our alumni website, GrowAFarmer.org. More than 1,600 people have graduated from the program since its founding in 1967.

Learn More & Find Out How To Apply
Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems | (831)459-3240 | casfs@ucsc.edu | http://casfs.ucsc.edu/apprenticeship/index.html

 

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