2022 BIODYNAMIC FARMING APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM
AT THREE SPRINGS COMMUNITY FARM
In Bodega, Sonoma County, California
Three Springs Community Farm Foundation will be hosting seven students for our full time, year-long Farm Apprenticeship Program for the 2022 season (start date negotiable between the new year and February 1st; end date negotiable between Mid December and February). The Apprenticeship Program takes place on a beautiful and secluded 80-acre ranch & Biodynamic Farm, in Sonoma County, California between the towns of Freestone and Bodega.
Three Springs Community Farm is a developing educational farm, with dairy goats, pigs, chickens and Biodynamically-grown produce. The farm was founded in 2017 to be a learning farm and retreat for the students, families and faculty of Bay Area Waldorf Schools, as well as a productive diversified operation serving the food needs of our Bay Area Farm Members. We host school groups each Spring and Fall, and offer family camping in our campground throughout the season. The Farm Membership (CSA) is based on principles of associative economics and serves families in Sonoma County, the East Bay, and San Francisco through a sliding-scale model. We look to the principals of Anthroposophy and Social Threefolding to guide our community work, endeavoring to practice love, compassion, direct communication and non-violence.
The Three Springs Biodynamic Farm Apprenticeship offers a structured curriculum of study in regenerative, Biodynamic and spiritual farming practices, along with hands on learning, guided and mentored by a veteran of on-farm education (running apprenticeship and internship programs since 2000). Through close mentoring, our Apprenticeship offers an opportunity to gain mastery in all aspects of our diverse farm, including nursery work, vegetable production, animal husbandry, farm carpentry, irrigation, forestry & trail work, tending perennial plantings and farm planning, all with an emphasis on the Biodynamic practices given by Rudolf Steiner in the Agriculture Course and other lecture cycles. One Apprentice will specialize in Farm Based Education & Campground Facility Care. Our Farm Apprentices are also important leaders in their own right, helping to mentor school group visitors, high school students, and volunteers. Through study and action, we will learn together how to support the farm and all its' inhabitants, so it can in turn support our community of farmers and eaters.
Program tuition is approximately $20,000 per year. Our financial aid program offers tuition assistance, as well as living stipends of up to $800 per month for qualifying students. Program costs should not be seen as an impediment to qualified applicants. On-site housing and farm produce are also provided. The Apprenticeship Program is a full time, five day a week, year-long vocational training with three break weeks throughout the season. Additional requirements include a deposit, returned upon successful completion of the program, and proof of health insurance coverage.
Three Springs Community Farm Foundation practices affirmative action
to recruit and advance qualified people of color, women & LGBTQ people
If you wish to apply please inquire via email to Willow Summer at email@example.com and/or fill out our application here: https://forms.gle/k7wtbNRSYE7fWcT18. Applications will be accepted until the program is full. (To reduce administrative tasks we do not currently have a web presence).