Welcome to the 35th annual California Small Farm Conference, a week of learning, inspiration and movement-building. Our hybrid conference features over 50 online workshops, videos, and interactive forums, as well as in-person gatherings around the state. Admission is on a sliding scale. Please pay what you can to help make this event possible and accessible to everyone. All events are virtual except those listed "Gathering" on Thursday & Friday.
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Tuesday, February 28 • 4:15pm - 5:45pm
Apprenticeship: Creating Pathways to Success

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This panel will introduce agricultural apprenticeships as a structured pathway for farmers to invest in someone who will grow into a valuable member of their operation. Similarly, apprenticeships are an opportunity for people to kickstart or develop their career in agriculture through hands-on training that is supplemented with related curriculum. These are invaluable opportunities that help build a skilled workforce for an industry with a growing need for a new generation of farm leaders.

Our workshop will walk participants through the differences between registered apprenticeships and informal apprenticeships and how they both differ from internships, the benefits of working with an educational partner for structured curriculum, and best practices in the world of training new farmers.


Nicole Curiel

California Farm Academy Outreach Coordinator, Center for Land-Based Learning
The mission of the Center for Land-Based Learning is to inspire, educate, and cultivate future generations of farmers, agricultural leaders and natural resource stewards. We achieve this mission by providing experiential education programs for high school students (the SLEWS, Caring... Read More →


Marisa Alcorta

Apprenticeship Program Manager, Center for Land-Based Learning

Michael Whamond

Owner, Hillview Farms Owner

Jesse Blacksher

Hillview Farms Apprentice, Hillview Farms
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Julie Sullivan

Mentor Training and Support, Quivira Coalition New Agrarian Program (NAP)
Julie Sullivan, founding mentor of the Quivira Coalition’s New Agrarian Program in 2008, currently serves as Mentor Training and Support for the program. She and her husband, George Whitten have been mentors with the program for 13 years, and own and manage their 3rd-generation... Read More →

Tuesday February 28, 2023 4:15pm - 5:45pm PST
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