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UCSC Farm and Garden Apprenticeship in Ecological Horticulture

The UC Santa Cruz Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems welcomes
applications to the Apprenticeship in Ecological Horticulture, a full-time, 6-month residential
program that trains adults in the concepts and practices of organic gardening and small-scale
sustainable farming. The apprenticeship blends experiential learning with traditional classroom
studies on topics that include soil management, composting, pest and weed control, crop
planning, irrigation, farm equipment, and direct marketing techniques. Graduates have
established their own commercial farms and market gardens, developed farm and garden based
educational programs, run urban garden programs, and more. The 39 apprentices each year come
from all regions of the US and abroad, and represent a wide spectrum of ages, backgrounds, and
interests. We have a range of tuition scholarships available from the USDA Beginning Farmer &
Rancher Development Program, as well as from foundations and private donors. We also offer a
Simply Organic Scholarship for an apprentice with financial need interested in pursuing a career
in organic farming. G.I. Bill and AmeriCorps funding are accepted to cover tuition. For further
information contact:

Apprenticeship Infonnation
1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95064
(831) 459-3240
Web site:

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