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WCI offers four beginning small farm field, business apprenticeships

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014 10:45 a.m. CDT

ORIENT — The Wallace Centers of Iowa (WCI) will offer four apprenticeships in 2014: three at the Henry A. Wallace Country Life Center near Orient and one at the Danamere Farm near Carlisle. The apprenticeship program is designed to provide practical experience to individuals who are committed to sustainable farming practices and want to work within the process of food production. 

Sessions will be at least a minimum of eight weeks with a maximum of 15 weeks. Each session will provide comprehensive, practical experience operating a medium-sized organic vegetable and fruit production garden including direct seeding, planning weekly CSA produce boxes, produce harvesting and cleaning, orchard care and high tunnel production.

Apprentices will also assist with public programs and events such as field days, youth programming, farmers markets and restaurant supply. In addition, the apprentices will be expected to create pay-it-forward project after the apprenticeship that helps others better understand the importance of sustainable farming practices. 

WCI will provide a stipend of $1,000 to $1,500, depending upon the length of the apprenticeship, housing and assistance after the apprenticeship in developing a business plan and work portfolio.

For a complete list of program opportunities and expectations, visit www.wallace.org or contact Diane Weiland at 641-337-5019 or dianeweiland@wallace.org. Prospective apprentices must complete a brief questionnaire before April 15.

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