Farm Crew

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Now accepting applications for Farm Crew 2018!  Please read the details below and APPLY.

Be connected to a local farm for a paid job. Check out the great farms who are interested in hosting a Farm Crew member this year!  

Dive deep into agricultural production skills and theory during Farm Crew class.  Classes taught by farmers, on farms.

Qualified Farm Crew member applicants will be passed on to host-farms for hiring for the 2018 season.  In addition to a connection to a job and mentor, Farm Crew will support and maximize your on-farm experience with advanced production skills classes, field trips, one-on-one advising and community building providing Farm Crew members with a positive and successful start in market farming.  All farm placements are with ecologically sustainable farms.

What is Farm Crew? Hands-on Training, Supported Learning
Farm Crew is a program that provides hands-on training and education to early career farmer and ranchers.  Local farmers and ranchers hire Farm Crew members to work for an entire season providing real world, on-the-job training and direct mentorship.  Outside of their workday,  Farm Crew members are supported by Sierra Harvest with formal coursework, field trips, and community building.

How does Farm Crew work? Live, Learn, Farm
Inspired by Rogue Farm Corps, our program utilizes the wealth of knowledge held by local farmers in the Nevada County area.  After an initial screening, qualified applicants are passed over to potential host-farms for hiring.   Host farms offer a wide range of paid job opportunities; from 5 hours per week all the way up to full time employment.  The typical work season in Nevada County is May to November, but job offers will vary from farm to farm. While the host-farms provide the on-the-job training, Sierra Harvest provides a more formal educational framework to immerse Farm Crew members in agricultural studies.  Learn more about Farm Crew 2018 potential host farms here. Farm Crew members will spend 3 hours every other week from May through November attending production skills classes (total of 15 classes- 45 hours of instruction.) Production skill courses will include:  soil analysis, cover crops and soil building, soil tillage and cultivation, row crop irrigation, pasture management, pest management, animal health and husbandry, tractor technology, greenhouse management, seeding and transplanting, food safety, composting, and more.   Classes will be taught by local farmers, ranchers and agriculture industry experts.  Most will be held in the field (ie on farms.)  Check out the tentative  Farm Crew Production Skills Course for the 2018 season! 

Who can apply for Farm Crew?
Hard working people seriously considering a career in agriculture can apply for Farm Crew.   One season of previous farming experience is strongly encouraged.  People already working on farms and ranches in the Nevada County region can also apply to attend Farm Crew Production Skills classes.

How to apply for Farm Crew?
To apply for Farm Crew 2018, submit this online application.  Be sure to attach a resume and cover letter. The application period will close on March 30th, 2018.  Qualified applicants will be passed on to host farms after passing an initial screening with Sierra Harvest.  Hiring decisions will likely be made by April 1st.

What does Farm Crew cost?
Tuition for applicants that are placed in a farm job is $985.  Tuition for applicants that are already working on a local farms or ranches is $585.   Please inquire about scholarships with molly@sierraharvest.org.

When does Farm Crew begin and end?
Farm Crew begins in May and will end in early November.  Host-farm job schedules may vary. Save Save Save Save Save Save Save Save Save Save Save Save Save Save Save