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APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAMS

HIP Agriculture hosts a one year 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, bee keeping, plant medicine, and more!

FARM APPRENTICESHIP

Farm Apprentices participate in all aspects of Farm Management, including:

  • Crop Planning
  • Amendment preparation and application 
  • Irrigation Management
  • Food Safety and Record Keeping
  • Nursery Propagation
  • Bed preparation
  • Transplanting
  • Sowing
  • Composting
  • Vermicomposting
  • Weeding
  • Harvesting
  • Seed saving and processing
  • Farmer’s Market preparations
  • Farmers Market
  • Cleaning common areas
  • Value Added Food Production
  • Bee Keeping
  • Tropical Agroforestry
  • Communications

Qualifications

  • Looking to pursue a career in agriculture. 
  • Excitement and desire to learn in an experiential hands-on environment. 
  • Preferred prior experience and knowledge in agriculture. 
  • Candidates should be hardworking, motivated, be able to follow directions, be able to work well in a team, and are able to stay on task if working alone.
  • Physical stamina and the ability to work for 8 hours is a must. We work outside rain or shine!
  • A desire to live and work in a community.
  • Clear and direct communication with staff and co-workers. 
  • Positive attitude!

We offer

  • Farm Training and Mentorship
  • Private room
  • Shared kitchen, bath, and community space
  • Food from the farm and other bulk necessities
  • Certificate upon completion
  • Workshops, guest teachers, and unique educational events
  • Monthly stipend of $400

Current Open Session: Nov 11th , 2019 - Oct 31, 2020

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

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To practice and teach ecologically conscious agriculture, empowering individuals and communities to cultivate alternative systems of living that restore human and environmental health.

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