Farmer Training

Our Emerging Farmers Program is comprised of nine-month apprenticeships and shorter term internships. We are seeking enthusiastic, hard-working, self-motivated individuals interested in becoming organic farmers committed to social justice. 


Apprenticeships

The Apprenticeship program at Pie Ranch runs from mid-March through mid-December, giving apprentices the opportunity to experience the full cycle of a farm. Apprentices engage in all aspects of production & educational programs and is intended for people that have worked on at least one season on a farm. Work includes sowing, planting, weeding, irrigating, pest & disease management, and harvesting a variety of crops; animal husbandry; experiential education with youth and other groups; leading tours, culinary and farm activities; engaging in various events; developing infrastructure; direct marketing through our farm stand, Community Supported Agriculture program, sales to bakeries & restaurants, local school districts, other potential markets, and being ambassadors of Pie Ranch to the general public.

We will begin accepting applications for the 2020 Apprenticeship on November 1, 2019. Please contact Pete@pieranch.org with any further questions.


Summer Internships

Our Summer Internship runs from June through September and is intended for folks who are curious about farming but haven’t yet had many opportunities to work on farms. Interns work alongside our apprentices and HomeSlice youth in all aspects of the work week. Our Summer 2019 Internship application period is now closed. We are currently reviewing applications and will make selections by early May. Please contact Pete@pieranch.org with any Summer Internship questions.


 
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“To farm at Pie has been an opportunity to re-engage soil, grow food, work with animals and steward land while being a part of a beautiful community of people dedicated to fundamentally changing our food system and upholding social and food justice. I started farming because it so happens that the food we eat is at the nexus of a substantial portion of the socio-economic problems that are weighing down vulnerable communities in our country and around the world. Through the Emerging Farmers program, Pie has given me the rare opportunity— in spite of my limited access to land and other resources—to grow as a farmer and explore the many challenges that loom over growing and accessing food and the ways we could confront them.”
— Veronica Mazariegos, Emerging Farmer