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Take Root Program

Are you interested in learning the trade of farming? Look no further! Take Root is a program that connects aspiring farmers to paid employment and training on established farms in southern Wisconsin, northern Illinois, and the Chicagoland area.

Program Benefits:

  • Customized education plan 
  • Hands-on farm production skills, learned on an established farm
  • Hourly salary (at least minimum wage)
  • A yearlong membership in Upper Midwest CRAFT 
  • Paid time off to attend Upper Midwest CRAFT field days during the term of training
  • Accommodations & admission at the MOSES Organic Farming Conference
  • Accommodations & admission to a TBD educational opportunity such as a weekend intensive, conference, workshops, etc.
  • Invitation to Routes to Farm and Upper Midwest CRAFT events
  • Connect with the Upper Midwest CRAFT network of more than 200 local sustainable and organic farmers

Program Components:

Applicants should demonstrate a strong motivation to learn the business of sustainable farming. Selected trainees will work with Angelic Organics Learning Center staff to create a customized education plan to better understand training needs and aid in pairing trainees with an appropriate trainer farm. 

Learning Center staff will make recommendations to help facilitate a good trainee/trainer farm match, but the potential trainee will also go through the farm’s regular hiring process. Final hiring decisions will be made by trainer farms. Trainer farms will determine their trainee's hourly rate of pay, a wage which will be similar to that of other farm employees.

In addition to being treated as regular employees, trainees will receive additional training or mentoring from trainer farmers throughout the season. Trainer farmers will start hiring for the upcoming growing season in the beginning months of the calendar year. Contact us directly to learn more about our trainer farms.

**This program is intended to provide each accepted trainee up to full-time employment on a well-established working farm in the southern Wisconsin, nothern Illinois, or Chicagoland regions. At this time we are only accepting applications from those residing in these regions. Please contact us if you have questions about program eligibility.**

Application Information

There is no cost for this program, and there is no application fee. We strongly encourage women, people of color, and veterans to apply for this program! The application deadline is Wednesday, December 18th, 2019.

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Not ready for this program? Email us if you'd like to be added to our program interest list! We'll email you next year with application information. Also, a great place to get started on your farm journey is Upper Midwest CRAFT, learn more about our affordable membership here 

For additional information about the Take Root program, contact us by email or call the Farmer Training department at 815-389-8455.

 


Oberweiler Foundation

Take Root is generously funded by the Oberweiler Foundation. We thank them for their support and commitment to military veterans.

USDA NIFA

The Take Root program is supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under award number 2019-49400-30072.