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Biodynamic Apprenticeship - Raphael Garden - Fair Oaks, CA

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Biodynamic Apprenticeship - Raphael Garden - Fair Oaks, CA

Raphael Garden at Rudolf Steiner College has openings for up to three apprentices, beginning this fall with a commitment of one or two years. The Apprenticeship Program at Rudolf Steiner College is held in conjunction with the North American Biodynamic Apprenticeship Program (NABDAP) and applicants who are, or will be, participating in the NABDAP program will be given preference. Training is both practical and theoretical, intended for people looking for a vocation as small-scale farmers or as garden teachers. The program is designed as part of the overall education needed to become a farmer, which may take several years. The deepened understanding of man and nature gained by working on the land through Biodynamic practices offers apprentices a rich, strong foundation for moving forward in life, whether they decide to specialize in farming or pursue another vocation.

Harald Hoven, our master farmer, directs the Apprenticeship Program. He founded Raphael Garden at Rudolf Steiner College in 1987, after completing his own 4-year training in biodynamic horticulture in Germany and spending several years farming biodynamically in this area. Raphael Garden is a 3-acre, Demeter-certified biodynamic farm, supporting seasonal fruit and year-round vegetables, a large seed saving operation, farm animals and natural beekeeping, in a beautiful, serene, and yet very productive setting. The farm is supported by the 40+ shareholders of the Raphael Garden CSA (Community Supported Agriculture). A model of biodynamics in action, the farm provides for most of its needs from within the farm individuality. Soil fertility is maintained by composted garden and kitchen waste, animal manure, cover crops and crop rotations. Seeds for next season’s crops are grown on the farm. Biodynamic compost and spray preparations, made on the farm or in cooperation with other local farms, are used rhythmically throughout the seasons to enhance life forces. For more information and to apply please visit