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2020 Mentorship in Sustainable Agriculture

Application Information

The application for the 2020 Mentorship in Sustainable Agriculture is now closed.


Applicants should be committed to becoming a farmer and eager to learn in order to reach their goals. They should be comfortable following instruction and guidance from the Director of Sustainable Agriculture Education, the Director of Agriculture Production, and other Carnation Farms staff, working outdoors in adverse weather conditions, operating heavy equipment, and learning in a classroom academic environment. Preference is given to applicants who demonstrate experience in one or more seasons of farming or in an agricultural food production setting. The program requires physical work, including the ability to lift 50 pounds. Since shared onsite housing is provided for free, the applicant must work and live cooperatively and harmoniously in community. Carnation Farms will accept three farmers-in-training for 2020.

Stipend and Benefits

Farmers-in-training will be paid a stipend of $1,000 (gross before taxes) every other week. Housing (rent and utilities) on Carnation Farms property is provided at no charge, available April 18 to December 31, 2020. Those choosing not to live onsite will need to make their own living arrangements at their own cost. Because of space limitations, we are unable to provide housing for spouses, partners, or children. Also, we are unable to accommodate pets. Carnation Farms provides workers compensation insurance and company-paid holidays. Health insurance and other benefits normally provided to full-time employees are not provided.

Key Dates

February 17th – Deadline is midnight to submit Application Form and resume
February 20th – We will notify you that your application and resume have been received
February 27th – Candidates on short list will be contacted to schedule an interview
March 4th-13th – Onsite interviews at Carnation Farms (or web interview); offers extended
April 18th – Move-in for shared onsite housing
April 20th – Mentorship program begins

How to Apply

The application for the 2020 season is now closed.


Please contact Rosy Smit, Director of Sustainable Agriculture Education, 425-844-3162,