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2019 Mentorship in Sustainable Agriculture

Application Information


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 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 2019.

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 13 to December 31, 2019. 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 18 (Presidents’ Day) – Deadline is midnight to submit Application Form and resume
February 19 – We will notify you that your application and resume have been received
February 26 – Candidates on short list will be contacted to schedule an interview
March 4-13 – Onsite interviews at Carnation Farms (or web interview); offers extended
April 13 – Move-in for shared onsite housing
April 15 – Mentorship program begins

How to Apply

The application period for 2019 is now closed.  We expect to open the 2020 application process in December of 2019.



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