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6-month Farm Apprenticeship Programs

HIP Agriculture hosts a six-month Apprenticeship program on our farm. Our Apprenticeship program is open to post-secondary students who are seeking agricultural career training in market gardening and tropical agroforestry. Apprentices participate in a dynamic schedule of farm projects each week in exchange for training, mentorship, unique educational experiences, fresh farm food, a rustic off-grid cabin, access to the community kitchen, laundry facilities, and a small stipend. The farm schedule typically includes in-field projects, landscaping, marketing and sales, food processing, repairs and maintenance, and volunteering at special events. Working alongside the farm managers, and other staff members apprentices gain valuable skills in permaculture, organic gardening, business management, agroforestry, beekeeping, plant medicine, and more!

Our gardens are a rich setting for experiential education and service-learning in areas of agriculture, tropical permaculture, food justice, and sovereignty. Apprentices learn all aspects of gardening while working closely with HIP Staff. We are looking for those who want to learn from working on our farm and living in our community to carry their experience into future endeavors.

Projects and Activities:

Farm Apprentices are involved in all aspects of gardening, including:

  • Propagation
  • Bed preparation
  • Composting
  • Amendment preparation
  • Spraying: Korean Natural Farming Amendments
  • Transplanting
  • Sowing
  • Watering
  • Weeding
  • Harvesting
  • Seed saving and processing
  • Farmer’s Market preparations
  • Farmers Market
  • Cleaning common areas


  • An excitement and desire to learn through hands-on on the farm.
  • A desire to learn through experiential hands-on gardening is essential.
  • Should have had prior experience/ knowledge from schooling or experience with farming 
  • We are looking for motivated, self-motivated people who can be comfortable occasionally working alone.
  • Physical stamina and the ability to work for 6 hours is a must. We work outside rain or shine!
  • A desire to live and work in a community.
  • Priority will be given to Hawaii-based residents and those who plan on starting a farm in Hawaii. 

Current Open Sessions:

*Please note that you must be available for the exact start and end date of each program.

What to Expect:

  • Program includes 35-40 hours per week of farm projects in exchange for fresh farm food, full access to one of our Communal Kitchens, and either a yurt or room in a shared house. (Package worth an average of $1,200 per month)
  • Additional compensation includes $100/month with a profit share of farm sales.
  • Apprentices work a Monday through Friday schedule.
  • Participation in weekly readings and meetings.
  • Participation in community life through contributing to chore rotations, good communication, and cleanliness.
  • You will gain knowledge on how to building your own operations. From Financial Planning, Crop Design and Planning, Record Keeping, Health and Food Safety, Value Added, and the Full Cycle from Seed to Harvest.

Application Deadlines:

Session 1 Application Deadline: December 6th, 2020

Session 2 Application Deadline: June 7th, 2021

*Applications are rolling.

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