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Apprentice at Three Springs Community Farm--a Biodynamic CSA Farm In Bodega, Northern California



In Bodega, Sonoma County, California

Three Springs Community Farm Foundation currently has two positions open for the remainder of the 2022 season (ending January, 2023); and is currently accepting applications for the 2023 season, which will start February 1st, 2023 and run for one year. The Apprenticeship Program takes place on a beautiful and secluded 80-acre ranch & Biodynamic Farm, in Sonoma County, California between the towns of Freestone and Bodega.

Three Springs Community Farm is a developing Biodynamic educational farm, with dairy goats, pigs, chickens and produce. The farm was founded in 2017 to be a learning farm and retreat for the students, families and faculty of Bay Area Waldorf Schools, as well as a productive diversified operation serving the food needs of our Bay Area Farm Members. We host school groups each Spring and Fall, and offer family camping in our campground throughout the season. The Farm Membership (CSA) is based on principles of associative economics and serves families in Sonoma County, the East Bay, and San Francisco through a sliding-scale model. We look to the principals of Anthroposophy and Social Threefolding to guide our community work, endeavoring to practice love, compassion, direct communication and non-violence.

The Three Springs Biodynamic Farm Apprenticeship offers a structured curriculum of study in regenerative, Biodynamic and spiritual farming practices, along with hands on learning, guided and mentored by Willow & Lew Summer (running apprenticeship and internship programs since 2000), as well as other teachers. Through close mentoring, our Apprenticeship offers an opportunity to gain mastery in all aspects of our diverse farm, including nursery work, vegetable production, animal husbandry, farm carpentry, irrigation, forestry & trail work, tending perennial plantings and farm planning, all with an emphasis on the Biodynamic practices given by Rudolf Steiner in the Agriculture Course and other lecture cycles. Our Farm Apprentices are also important leaders in their own right, helping to mentor school group visitors, high school students, and volunteers. Through study and action, we learn together how to support the farm and all its' inhabitants, so it can in turn support our community of farmers and eaters.

Our financial assistance program offers full tuition, as well as living stipends of up to $700 per month for qualifying students. On-site housing, farm produce & staple food are included in the program. The Apprenticeship is a full time, five day a week, year-long vocational training with three break weeks throughout the season. Additional requirements include a deposit, returned upon successful completion of the program, and proof of health insurance coverage. Couples who wish to farm together are welcome to apply.

Please email Willow Summer at willowvioletsummer@gmail.com and/or text to 510-409-3214 for information or with questions. Applications will be accepted until the program is full. (To reduce administrative tasks we do not currently have a web presence).

Application link: https://forms.gle/H4PcxB1jegzzk6SYA. (please email Willow to let her know if you fill out an application)

Three Springs Community Farm Foundation practices affirmative action to recruit and advance qualified people of color, women & LGBTQ people

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