New 2017 Cornercopia Apprenticeship Program

Cornercopia Student Organic Farm Apprenticeship Program:
Do you want to learn about organic agriculture through a season-long paid opportunity? In 2017 we will start an exciting new apprenticeship program that will begin in January and span the entire growing season. Our goal is for students to gain a comprehensive view of organic farm management, practice leadership and practical farming skills, and strengthen our organic agriculture program at the University of Minnesota through more continuous involvement with the student farm. 
Applicants have the option to participate in one or more seasons of work, with preference given to students opting for the full three seasons. Apprentices will participate in all aspects of the farm from helping create the crop plan, to implementing it throughout the growing season, and marketing the crops we grow. We anticipate having a weekly set meeting time followed by fairly flexible options for M-F work.
A sample seasonal schedule looks like this:
Spring: 5-10 (paid) hours per week. Activities include ordering seeds, growing microgreens, making soil blocks, planting seeds, preparing and planting greenhouse and high tunnels, record keeping, and supervising volunteers. Although a large sum of our work spring semester will take place in the greenhouse, by the end of the semester we will be working outside on the farm. 
Summer: Full time (40h) week. Activities include marketing the farm’s produce, coordinating volunteers and outreach efforts, helping raise chickens, manage weeds, pests and diseases on the farm and /or carrying out on farm research, and more! Part time options for summer are also available.
Fall: 10-15 hours per week. Activities will include harvesting and marketing (early fall is one of the busiest times of year on the farm!), and end of season wrap up.

Enrollment at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities Campus Spring Semester is required for the Apprenticeship. Applicants interested in the Apprenticeship Program at Cornercopia should complete the application and submit it to Courtney Tchida either by email at or to the MISA office (in person 413 Hayes Hall or by mail in 411 Borlaug Hall). The Cornercopia Apprenticeship Program is funded in part by the Martha Anderson Fund for Organic and Sustainable Agriculture.
Applications received by Friday January 20th 2017 will receive top priority. We anticipate the apprenticeship will start the week of January 30th 2017. 

Cornercopia U of M Student Farm Apprentice Application                             Date Received:
Applications received by January 20th 2017 will be given priority, drop off in 413 Hayes (MISA Office) or 411 Borlaug Hall (mailing address for MISA office) or email to  

Position Seeking (check all that you are interested in)
 Spring Apprentice (Jan-April)
 Year Round Apprentice (Jan- October)
 Research Intern for Summer 2017 (additional application to either UROP or Johnson Internship program required)

Student Information

Your Name:______________________________________________________________
Degree Program & Year : (indicate if you are a non-degree student)_________________
Anticipated Date of Graduation: ____________________ Student ID: _______________
Email Address:  __________________________________________________________
Street Address:  __________________________________________________________
Phone Number: ________________________Is this a cell phone number?____________
Do you have other spring semester commitments that need to be considered (other jobs, lengthy vacations?) ______________________________________________________________

1. Describe your previous garden or farm experience.

2. Describe any related course work you have previously taken.

3. Describe any previous record keeping experience you have.

4. In terms of your professional development, what are your expectations for this internship?

5. Describe any previous management experience you have.

6. Would you been interested in taking a 1 credit independent study class during spring semester as part of the Apprenticeship? 


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