Farm at the Arb Apprenticeship Program

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Are you looking to pursue a career in sustainable food production for sale and community health? 

The USDA defines a beginning farmer as someone who has ten years of experience or less. The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum helps individuals begin or continue their careers as food system leaders! This hands-on, technical training in vegetable growing is designed for beginning growers, skilled workers and those looking for a career change. 

Over the course of 9 months, apprentices will receive a combination of classroom, lab and field experience, including a 14-week paid work experience at the Arboretum and partnering farms. Apprentices will leave the program with applicable skills to use in the industry. 

The certification program is offered each year from February to October in collaboration with the University of Minnesota Department of Horticultural Sciences and Extension. 

2024 Program Information (PDF)Application Process

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