1. How does the application process work?
Complete your on-line application form. Please answer all questions completely. You cannot save your work on the on-line application form. Once you have successfully submitted your application, you will receive a phone call or email from Rogue Farm Corps staff to schedule an intake interview. After completing your intake interview, host farmers will be able to review your application. Host farmers will contact you to set up interviews. Final placement decisions are made by host farmers.
2. Do I get to choose which farm I train at?
You can indicate regional or farm system specific preferences on your application. Host farmers will make final placement offers to applicants they are interested in working with. Once you accept an offer, you should contact Rogue Farm Corps staff to finalize placement in the program.
3. Do I have to live on the farm?
Yes. In some instances, there may be alternative housing arrangements made on a case-by-case basis. Living on-farm is a crucial component of learning to be a farmer.
4. Do I need to have farming experience before I apply?
Yes. FarmsNOW is designed for those who have completed our FarmsNext program or who have two years of previous experience. You will need to share your farming references on your application form.
5. How is this program different from Oregon State University’s Beginning Urban Farming Apprenticeship program? Or other farm training programs? WWOOF’ing?
FarmsNOW differs from other farmer training programs in a few ways. First, students are placed on commercial, for-profit farms. This gives students a “real-world” opportunity to learn farming and the business of farming that is very different than training programs based on non-profit or school-based farms. Second, students in FarmsNOW live and train full-time on-farm. The number of on-farm training hours is much higher than most other farm training programs. Students enrolled in FarmsNOW will receive up to 3,000 hours of on-farm training, in addition to classroom hours and independent study time. Unlike WOOF’ing, you are signing up for an intensive structured training program that will include a lot of hard, repetitive farm tasks.
6. What is the difference between FarmsNext and FarmsNOW?
FarmsNext is an introductory internship program for beginning farmers with little or no experience. This program runs for 6-8 months, depending on the host farm site. FarmsNOW is an advanced apprenticeship program for beginning farmers who have completed FarmsNext or who have two-years of on-farm experience. This program runs for up to 2 full seasons and is designed for those who want to gain managerial experience or run their own farm business.
7. How flexible are the start and end dates?
Most apprenticeships start between February 15 and March 15 and end between October 31 and November 31. There is some flexibility within these dates, depending on the host farm site. If your host farm signs you on for two full seasons, the second season start and end dates will be negotiated.
8. Do I need to have a car?
Many host farms require a car. Some do not. Many of our host sites are located in remote, rural settings far away from amenities and neighbors, so a car is highly recommended.
9. Is there tuition associated with the FarmsNOW Apprenticeship Program?
There is no tuition for the FarmsNOW program. The Rogue Farm Corps will be subsidizing the classes and workshops for this program to make it more possible for you to participate. You can expect 6-8 in-depth classes per season that focus on advanced agricultural skills and business management training, plus additional opportunity for networking and guidance with farm business development.
10. What is compensation like for the FarmsNOW program?
Room, board, and stipend packages vary from farm to farm. In any case, you can expect safe, secure housing, farm produced food and some staples, and a monthly stipend ranging from $600-1000 or an hourly wage. You host farm will discuss the room/ board/stipend package with you during the interview process.
11. Are you able to accept International Applicants for the FarmsNOW program?
Unfortunately, we are unable to accept international applicants for the FarmsNOW program at this time. Because this program is a two-year commitment, we have no way of securing a visa for that length of time. We are able to work with MESA to take international applications for our FarmsNext Internship program. Please see our International Applicants page for more information.