Farm & Garden Apprenticeship Application Process

Farm & Land Steward Apprenticeship Application Process

 

2021 Application Process (adjusted for COVID)

This year the Farm & Garden Apprentice program is being extended to combine the Garden with Land Stewardship.

Please read and be familiar with all of the information on this web page (as well as all of the information on the Farm and Garden Apprenticeship Program page) before applying. Contact the Farm and Garden Apprenticeship coordinator at farmapprentice@sfzc.org with any remaining questions regarding the program or to discuss whether it may be the right fit.

Part 1.

Please fill out and submit the following to  farmapprentice@sfzc.org: the Farm and Garden Apprenticeship Application [Word] / [PDF]; and the Basic Residential Practice Application [Word | PDF]. Before completing and submitting the application, read the Green Gulch Residential Guidelines (Shingi). Please take time to think about the questions and provide sincere and candid answers. Program directors take into account an applicant's reasons for applying, what they hope to learn, and what they feel they can contribute. Please note that we currently have modified forms and guidelines during COVID, which you will receive more information about once you apply.

Applications are reviewed for suitability for the program. If further information or clarification is needed, the program coordinator will reach out with a phone call or email message. Once the application is accepted, candidates will be notified and invited to move on to the second phase (i.e., Part 2) of the application process.

If the Farm and Garden Apprenticeship Program does not seem like a good fit, the coordinator may suggest one of the other apprenticeship programs; see Apprenticeship Programs for more information.

Part 2.

All applicants who are invited to continue to Part 2 must participate in a number of informational and interactive Zoom events held February 1 – February 14. These include opportunities to speak with current and former apprentices and staff members, to have question-and-answer sessions with the farm and land steward managers and the Director of Green Gulch Farm, and to be exposed to Buddhist teachings offered by resident teachers. Apprentice applicants have the opportunity to meet individually with the Green Gulch Tanto (Head of Practice). The week will close with individual interviews with the Farm and Land Steward Managers. Normally, these events would take place in person, during a two-week guest student stay at Green Gulch. However, due to COVID, we will hold these group information meetings and one-on-one interviews via Zoom.

Part 3.

Two-week trial stay, either March 13 – 27 or March 29 – April 11. Everyone who comes will be in quarantine during these first two weeks. They will have their own room and bathroom in our beautiful guest house, will be expected to wear masks at all times when in the presence of others, and will not be allowed to enter any shared indoor spaces (including the dining room – meals will be brought to the Guest House). After quarantine, candidates will follow our community COVID guidelines including wearing a face mask at all times while in the presence of others (indoors and outdoors) and maintaining physical distance of 6 feet or more. During this trial period, we hope you will experience and become familiar with the daily schedule, different work crews, and community life at Green Gulch, such as it is during COVID.

Part 4.

Upon completion of the two-week trial period and quarantine, apprenticeship applicants are asked to reflect on their time at Green Gulch and communicate if they would like to stay on or withdraw their application. Green Gulch will, near the end of the two-week trial period, make a final decision about who is invited to stay on for the duration of the season.

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