Call for Mentors: Young Agrarians Apprenticeship Program

Posted by Dana Penrice on September 22, 2021 2 Comments

We are seeking 2022 Host Mentor Farms for the YA Apprenticeship Program in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba to grow the next generation of regenerative agriculture practitioners.

Are you a rancher or farmer who is a dedicated steward of the land? Are you a skilled and enthusiastic teachers who has a passion for mentoring young and aspiring farmers? Do you have a farm philosophy that recognizes the connectedness of the land and people?
Well if the boot fits, then you would likely make a good mentor in our program!

What it’s like to be a Host Farm Mentor

About the YA Apprenticeship Program

Over the past 5 years of running this program in Alberta, we have had 15 mentor host farms train 45 apprentices and we are delighted to be bringing that work across the prairies. This year was our first year (2021) in Saskatchewan and Manitoba and we had 7 apprentices who received training on 6 different mentor farms.

An apprenticeship that fits into your farm

As a host farm, we will work with you to design an apprenticeship experience that suits your goals and context. Apprenticeships typically take place over 4 – 8 months during the growing season. They are typically a full-time placement where the apprentice lives on farm, however that can be adapted and tailored for your situation.

Structured program support from Young Agrarians

Young Agrarians will design a customized description of your opportunity that includes specific learning experiences that you have to offer. We’ll promote it to our network and beyond. We’ll receive applications for you and set up video interviews to assist you in selecting your apprentice.

Help to create a top notch learning experience

During the program, we’ll support the achievement of learning goals through a skills check list tailored to your farm.  We’ll provide regular check-ins with both you and the apprentices to see how the learning experience is going. We are also there to facilitate communication if expectations aren’t being met or if there is conflict. We’ll also organize extra farm tours for apprentices to gather and learn from other mentoring farms.

Training on how to be a great mentor

Host mentors farms are the cornerstone of this program as teachers, coaches and guides for new farmers. We’ll provide learning opportunities for you to develop as a mentor and gain experience from other mentors involved in apprenticeships.

Apply to be a Host Farm Mentor

For more on mentor expectations and applying to be a mentor visit:
https://youngagrarians.org/tools/apprenticeships/apprenticeship-become-a-mentor/

For full details on the apprenticeship program, visit:​
https://youngagrarians.org/alberta-apprenticeship/

Contact us:
If you are in Alberta, reach out to Kolby, the Alberta Apprenticeship Coordinator, at apprenticeship@youngagrarians.org.

If you are in Saskatchewan or Manitoba, contact Sara, the SK and MB Apprenticeship Coordinator at manitoba@youngagrarians.org

And for any other Prairie related YA questions, contact Dana, the Prairies Program Manager at prairies@youngagrarians.org or call 780-914-6282

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