California Farm Academy

2017 Application Period

Apprenticeship Program

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.

Program Details

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.

Master Farms

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

All apprenticeship positions have been filled for 2017. We will be accepting applications for the 2018 CFA Apprenticeship Program from August 1 to October 31, 2017. Please check our website again over the next few months as we update it with information about the upcoming 2018 Season.

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