The Summer Agriculture Apprenticeship is an opportunity to become trained in a method of sustainable, locally-adapted, fusion agriculture drawing from Bio-Intensive, Permaculture, and other methodologies while putting that knowledge into practice. Bio-intensive farming is an efficient, low-cost method of farming that promotes space maximization, resource conservation, and the use of minimal external inputs. It is the principal farming technique used on the AASD Demonstration Farm and what we teach people in the communities where we work. Watch the video below for more information on the learning objectives and day-to-day flow of the program, keeping in mind project details will vary based on community needs.
In the subsequent weeks, you will continue to put these principles into practice in indigenous communities where we work. This may include:
– Working with a local school to help students maintain their School Greenhouse Project and learn about Bio-Intensive Farming methods;
– Assisting local families to maintain and expand their Family Greenhouses;
– Continuing to work at the Nina Demonstration Farm and grow your understanding and comfort of sustainable local agriculture.
“My program was incredibly-well facilitated and I felt very well prepared and supported throughout my time. AASD connected me with a host family that was truly incredible, prepared great food, and improved my Spanish! The experience with the Andean Alliance was a very positive one and I would recommend it to anyone interested in international sustainable development, youth development, or agriculture.”
Candidates who are a good fit for the program will be contacted to schedule an interview. We will contact all priority submission applicants by February 5th, and all second phase applicants by April 7th.
Priority deadline: January 31, 2018
Final deadline: March 31, 2018
Thank you for your interest in the AASD Summer Agriculture Apprenticeship – we look forward to hearing from you!