apply to be a new agrarian apprentice

Applications for the 2023 season are now open!


Please read the following before filling out your application.

  1. Applications are open through December 15th. Mentors will respond to candidates to let them know if they will be invited for an interview by January 4th, 2023.
  2. Before applying, please make sure you have carefully read about each operation you have chosen in order to make sure it is a good fit for your interests and career goals.
  3. We recommend applying to no more than 5 operations. There is an option to be considered for other operations if you have not been selected for an interview by your top picks.
  4. If you have questions about any of the operations, please check out the recording from our October NAP 101 Informational Call. You can learn more about our 20+ mentor sites and which ones might be a good fit for you! 
  5. We recommend using a word processor to answer longer questions and then copy and paste into this form. At the bottom of the form, there is an option to save it and finish later.
  6. Questions with an asterisk are required.
  7. You will receive a confirmation email with more details after you submit your application. If you do not receive a confirmation or have any questions, please email the NAP team at
  8. If you need assistance with filling out this application, please contact us at!

2023 New Agrarian Program Application

    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.
    If you are not selected for an apprenticeship at one of the mentor sites you have selected, would you like to stay in the applicant pool to be considered by other operations?
    The New Agrarian Program is only able to accept applicants who already have legal authorization to work in the United States and can not help with the visa or work authorization process.
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  • Experience

  • Motivation

  • Please be specific in terms of what you would like to learn both personally and professionally.
  • 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 you will: - Work outside, often doing repetitive, at times monotonous, and physical activities. - 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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