California Farm Academy
About the Program
The Farm and Rancher Manager Apprenticeship program is a collaboration between the Center for Land-Based Learning, Soil Born Farms, the Department of Apprenticeship Standards (DAS) and Los Rios Community College District. The goal of this apprenticeship program is to equip beginning farmers with sufficient training, work experience, and business management skills to obtain a secure management position with established farms, or be successful at starting and sustaining their own small farm businesses.
The Farm and Ranch Manager Apprenticeship Program is intended for those interested in furthering their career in agriculture. As a registered Apprenticeship program (pending), it requires completion of 3000 hours of on-the-job training and 220 hours of coursework. Hands on training is a critical part of the apprenticeship. Apprentices will select a farm that best fits their farming goals from a diverse set of farms in the region, with a wide range of crops, enterprises, scale and farming methods.
Coursework & Related and Supplemental Instruction (RSI)
Apprentices will be enrolled in the California Farm Academy’s 7-month Beginning
Farmer Training Program from mid-February to mid-September in their first year. This training program will include lectures, labs and
directed farm visits to discuss a particular topic with a farmer on their land. There are approximately 70 classes and 215 hours of coursework.
Participants will be required to do an independent project, write a business plan, and comply with attendance standards. Please click on the link
above to learn more about the Beginning Farmer Training Program.
For more detailed program information, download the full program overview [pdf] here.
A Master Farm is where apprentices will be placed for their On the Job training hours. These Master Farms are located in the Sacramento and Yolo county areas. Please click here to see the farms we are currently partnering with.
How to Apply
Before submitting your application, carefully read all the material presented above. Consider how well the apprenticeship program might fit your farming goals. It's important that applicants have a realistic idea of what the program involves as well as their ability to fully participate from beginning to end.
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