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

Pie Ranch hosted its first Farm Apprentices and Summer Interns in 2006, and as of January 2018, has trained 92 emerging farmers, most of whom are still farming or working within the food system.

The year-long Apprenticeship Program is available for people who have worked for at least one season on a farm. Apprentices help out with all aspects of the ranch. Work includes sowing, planting, weeding, irrigating, and harvesting a variety of crops; animal husbandry; experiential education with youth and other groups; direct marketing through our farm stand, Community Supported Agriculture program and sales to local restaurants and bakeries. While the Apprenticeship model is mainly focused on learning by doing, our weekly farm meeting/walk and monthly classes are opportunities to expand your knowledge around sustainable food production.

Our Apprenticeship program runs from March to December. We seek people who are able to dedicate the entire year to this effort and in return there is the opportunity to experience from cover crop to cover crop, the full cycle of a farm.

If you are interested in the Apprenticeship Program, please come back to this page in June.


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. We are currently looking for Summer interns! Read more about the program in our Summer Internship Description and submit an Application if you are interested in this opportunity.

 
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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