Farm Apprenticeships

Check out our programs, tools and resources below to start learning and training on farms:

Young Agrarians Prairies Apprenticeship Program:

2022 YOUNG AGRARIANS APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM – Looking for hands-on farm experience? Young Agrarians and our network of exceptional mentor farmers in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba are offering advanced, full-immersions, hands-on paid apprenticeships in regenerative agriculture. We carefully screen host farms, and prospective apprentices complete an application process to apply.  

Other Opportunities:

OTHER INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES  – Check out other paid internship positions below. These opportunities are not a part of our structured Apprenticeship Program. Please note that we do not have the capacity to screen host farms. Don’t see your dream opportunity listed here? Visit the Young Agrarians UMAP for more ways to find farm internships or farm jobs.

POST A PAID INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY – Got a great paid internship opportunity on your farm? Submit the opportunity to us, and we’ll post it on our blog and social media channels to help spread the word.

Looking to submit a job instead of an internship? Click here.

For new and young farmers looking for opportunities: Please screen your potential farm host to ensure that you are entering into a fair exchange that meets your needs and expectations. Try asking the farm for references of past volunteers or apprentices, or ask people in the community if you are unsure. Check out these great resources for internships and apprentices on the SOIL website.

Happy farming!


Volunteer, Internship and Apprenticeship Opportunities

Meet Your Future Farmers – 2022 YA Apprenticeship Program

Posted by Michelle Lam on May 03, 2022

We have an exciting bunch of fresh faces joining us for the 2022 Young Agrarians Apprenticeship Program across Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba! Please join us in welcoming this new cohort of aspiring regenerative and ecological farmers. What is the YA Apprenticeship Program? Our apprenticeships are a full immersion program that puts you into the heart of running a farm business, day in and day out. Our carefully selected family of farm mentors have diverse expertise and skill sets – their farm philosophy is guided by a holistic framework that recognizes the connectedness of the land and people. Although farm activities … Continue reading Meet Your Future Farmers – 2022 YA Apprenticeship Program

INTERNSHIP: OTTAWA, ON – GreenPAC Parliamentary Internship for the Environment & Agriculture

Posted by Michalina Hunter on April 08, 2022

The GreenPAC Parliamentary Internship for the Environment is Canada’s premier internship program for emerging environmental leaders on Parliament Hill. Since 2018, in partnership with Sustainability Network, GreenPAC has offered outstanding young leaders, aged 18-30, the chance to gain paid, invaluable training and experience alongside some of Canada’s top environmental champions in Ottawa. Each year from September to June, interns work full-time in the Parliament Hill office of a Member of Parliament (MP) with a proven record of environmental commitment. Reflecting GreenPAC’s commitment to nonpartisanship, host MPs come from every major national political party. Interns gain a deep, day-to-day understanding of … Continue reading INTERNSHIP: OTTAWA, ON – GreenPAC Parliamentary Internship for the Environment & Agriculture

Reflections from the Apprenticeship Program – Josephine Junas-Grant

Posted by Kolby Peterson on March 01, 2022

Josephine Junas-Grant apprenticed at The Homestead in Goodfare, Alberta. One year turned into two, and Jo started her own floral enterprise. She shares her experience through an original song, accompanied by Pebbles the dog and melodic background munching by goats. Josephine is now living and farming with Maryann Borch at Good Note Community Farm, near Leduc, Alberta. Lyrics are below. I arrived in early spring time When the ground was bare Worked each inch of soil Planting seeds with care … Rained through the month of June Drenched us to the bone Trudging through the morning chores While kicking at … Continue reading Reflections from the Apprenticeship Program – Josephine Junas-Grant

YA APPRENTICESHIP 2022: CARTWRIGHT, MB – FRESH ROOTS FARM

Posted by Sara Yagelniski on February 08, 2022

Are you an aspiring farmer who wants to gain experience growing amazing food for an amazing community? Fresh Roots Farm is excited to offer a meaningful apprenticeship to help you on your farming journey. About the Farm Fresh Roots Farm is located on Treaty 1 territory near Cartwright, MB.  Michelle Schram and Troy Stozek have been farming since 2011, on a quarter section inherited from Michelle’s grandparents. They decided to try and make a living from the land, laying down “fresh roots” along with optimism for a modern yet traditional style of food production. They rent another quarter section from Michelle’s … Continue reading YA APPRENTICESHIP 2022: CARTWRIGHT, MB – FRESH ROOTS FARM

YA APPRENTICESHIP 2022: MANITOU, MB – FASPA FARM

Posted by Sara Yagelniski on February 08, 2022

Faspa Farm is a great place to learn about grain farming with an ecological mind-set. Karen is passionate about the health of the environment and farming. She welcomes an apprentice to come get nerdy about soil and the love of the land. Surrounded by beautiful prairie and valley ravines, Faspa Farm is a great place to spend your 2022 growing season! ABOUT FASPA FARM Faspa Farm is located near Manitou, Manitoba – Treaty 1 Territory Karen Klassen’s family has been on the land where they farm since the 1930s. She farms with her Dad, George. Crops they grow include: wheat, … Continue reading YA APPRENTICESHIP 2022: MANITOU, MB – FASPA FARM

YA APPRENTICESHIP 2022: CLEARWATER, MB – THE DOGS RUN FARM

Posted by Sara Yagelniski on February 08, 2022

Do you dream of starting your own farm but don’t know where to start. The Dogs Run Farm is excited to offer an exciting apprenticeship to help you learn what it takes to start your farming journey. About the Farm The Dog’s Run Farm is located on Treaty 1 territory near Clearwater, MB.  The Dog’s Run Farm encompasses just under twelve acres on a beautiful valley, with a small unnamed creek, or run, at the bottom, plus 37 acres of rented pasture. Their two farm dogs enjoy roaming the creek, which from a birds eye view resembles a dog’s head. This is … Continue reading YA APPRENTICESHIP 2022: CLEARWATER, MB – THE DOGS RUN FARM

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YA Apprenticeship 2022: First Nature Farms – Goodfare, AB

Posted by Dana Penrice on February 02, 2022

Are you an aspiring farmer looking to gain experience on a mixed, long-time-organic farm? Are  you wanting to learn about a mixed livestock operation and heritage breeds? First Nature Farms is offering a unique apprenticeship; join their team! About the Farm First Nature Farms is surrounded by land held within ecological reserves of the Nature Conservancy of Canada, Ducks Unlimited, crown land, and other organic neighbours.  The 3000 acres of aspen forest, creeks, beaver ponds, pastures and farmland hold a rich diversity of both wildlife and wilderness, and domesticated species. Organic since 1990 and WWOOF hosts for almost as long, the … Continue reading YA Apprenticeship 2022: First Nature Farms – Goodfare, AB

Young Agrarians Apprenticeship Program – Katia Arcarese

Posted by Kolby Peterson on January 30, 2022

Katia was a 2021 Apprentice at The Homestead. Or should I say, IS! She wins the award for the longest farm stay. Make sure you stay tuned until the end, Katia has captured some of her experience at The Homestead in beautiful oil paintings. Here’s a sneak peak: If you wonder what being a vegetable farmer is like, especially when snow begins to fly, Katia shares her experience: We were wrapping things up in the garden by harvesting the potatoes and carrots. Due to a late warm fall, we were able to keep them in the garden a bit longer … Continue reading Young Agrarians Apprenticeship Program – Katia Arcarese

Young Agrarians Apprenticeship Program – Hannah Gelderman

Posted by Kolby Peterson on January 26, 2022

Hannah Gelderman was a 2021 Apprentice at Sundog Organic Farm! In this beautiful farm log, she shares her experience growing nearly every vegetable under the moon, as well as her thoughts and struggles with finding her role and responsibility within climate and social justice. You can follow along with Hannah’s work on Instagram, @hannahgelderman, and on her webpage: hannahgelderman.com If you want to read through Hannah’s project at a higher resolution you can do so here. Without further ado… Find Hannah’s animation playing on the banner of the Young Agrarians homepage! And here on vimeo: https://vimeo.com/manage/videos/642174916 Interested in being an apprentice … Continue reading Young Agrarians Apprenticeship Program – Hannah Gelderman

YA APPRENTICESHIP 2022: Calgary, AB – Leaf & Lyre Urban Farms, Dirtboys Urban Farm, & Chef’s Farmer

Posted by Kolby Peterson on December 04, 2021

Are you an aspiring farmer looking to gain experience on urban farms, learn about soil health, work with multicultural communities, and create opportunities for people to grow their own food – all the while growing nutrient-dense food for CSA programs, Farmers Markets, and restaurants? Well then, join this trifecta of urban regenerative farms across Calgary! Michael Gavin of Dirtboys, Rod Olson of Leaf & Lyre, and Josh Spackman of Chef’s Farmer are offering a diverse apprenticeship shared between their farms. About the Farms Dirtboys Urban Farming has been running for about 7 years, though this is the third year that … Continue reading YA APPRENTICESHIP 2022: Calgary, AB – Leaf & Lyre Urban Farms, Dirtboys Urban Farm, & Chef’s Farmer