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Apply to be a 2018 New Agrarian Apprentice

Welcome!  We look forward to learning more about you through this application. Please read the full overview of the New Agrarian Program as well as the description of the mentor operation where you would like to apprentice. We recommend composing your responses to the long answer questions in a word processor and then copying and pasting them in below. If you have any logistical questions or want help troubleshooting the web form, email Monica Pless, the New Agrarian Program Coordinator.

Once you submit your application, you will receive an email confirmation with the responses you gave. We will begin reviewing applications December 1st (Cobblestone Ranch will begin November 15th). We will respond to applicants after that time.  

    Please indicate the operation you would like to apply to. Also, please be sure to read the description for each operation on our website, as every operation offers different opportunities and has different expectations and requirements of apprentices.
  • We also ask that you provide two professional references and one personal reference. We will be contacting these individuals if you are selected for a phone interview.
  • Long Answer Questions

    Please answer the following questions so we better understand why you wish to apply to the operation(s) you have chosen. Please know, we are not evaluating your writing skills! Rather we are interested in the information you share. We are not concerned with the length of your response -- if you need two sentences or three paragraphs to answer any question, that is fine.
  • Experience

  • Motivation

  • Vision

  • Creativity

  • 1. Describe a moment of joy or happiness you’ve experienced in the last year. 2. You are stranded on top of a mesa and can bring one tool with you. What is it and why did you choose it? 3. If you were an animal, what would you be and why? 4. Part of an apprenticeship is the art of helping a young person to completeness. In what ways are you growing and becoming a whole person? 5.Is there a question that has changed how you understand the world? What was the question and how has your understanding changed? 6. If you were to write the story of your life until now, what would you title it and why?
  • Each of the New Agrarian Program Apprenticeships are physically, emotionally, and intellectually challenging. In most cases, you will be the only apprentice and one of very few employees at the operation where you will be working and learning. If accepted, from March to November of 2018 you will: - Work outside, often doing repetitive, at times monotonous, and physical activities. (And in the cheese room in the case of the James Ranch.) - Live in a rural place, a short, or a long, drive from town (20 to 90 minutes). - Live in close proximity to your mentors and respect their homes and property. - Work closely with a small team every day. - Work closely with your mentor daily during training, transitioning to independent work as skills and ability allow. Maintain high work quality standards even when working independently. - Have one day off a week to attend to personal matters during your apprenticeship. - Receive a fixed monthly stipend for your work. - Learn a tremendous amount about yourself, your strengths and weaknesses, how a sustainable agriculture operation works, and if a career in agriculture is really for you. I understand the scope of the position I am applying for and I am physically and mentally able to perform the tasks it requires.

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