S.A.N.T.E.E. Farm and Gardens
Training Opportunities
The Sustainable Agricultural Network for Training and Environmental Education

 

Visiting Student Apprentice Program: What it is and how it works.

 

 
The aim of our apprentice program is to energize social transformation. We are not looking for a source of cheap labor. What we are looking for is persons imbued with a pioneering spirit - paradigm warriors, if you will, who are eager to work for a revival of agrarian consciousness, and who are eager to learn about and participate in the marriage between ecology and agriculture. As such, we offer an approach to agricultural and environmental education which leaves the student with an authentic and direct practical connection to community.

Besides receiving hands on training in organic farming and gardening methods, apprentices learn cooking and homesteading skills along with caring for a small dairy herd. A few years ago we switched to a system whereby students rotate between herd, garden and kitchen, according to their abilities and interests. Students also gain valuable experience in public relations as they become adept at leading groups and individuals on "walking/talking" study tours of S.A.N.T.E.E's display gardens.

 

All the above mentioned activities are focused around S.A.N.T.E.E. Farm Hospitality House, a two bedroom dwelling which facilitates the use of a common kitchen, a small farm library, a meeting room for workshops and discussions, a planning and photographic room and overnight guest facilities.

 

Commitments of a day, a weekend, a week or the entire growing season are acceptable. Prior experience is helpful but not mandatory. Long term interns may receive a stipend and/or living and eating arrangements. For interviews, either call (304) 243-5990 or email us at santee108@yahoo.com. Be clear about what you hope to gain from the apprenticeship and specify how you think you learn best. Reading, demonstrations, working side-by-side, repetitive practice, and independent work can all be learning approaches. Visiting the farm before committing is a good way to avoid confusion and mixed signals.