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Applications for the 2019 Farm Apprenticeship Program will be accepted November 1st thru December 15th in the order they are received

The Program

Have you ever wanted to learn how to run and maintain a small organic farm of animals and vegetables? Learn the ropes of goat milking, chicken care, turkey hatching and raising, vegetable production, soil development and composting, and other sustainable farming techniques.

Work GlovesTime/Cost

Apprentices meet for class once per month from 8:00 am to 11:00 am on Wednesday or Saturday. Classes are held on the 2nd Wednesday and 3rd Saturday of each month from January through December. You will choose to attend either the Wednesday or Saturday classes when applying.

Cost is FREE with 50-hour work commitment (5 hours per month February thru November) OR $500 for those unable/unwilling to fulfill 50-hour work commitment. Work hours are in addition to the apprenticeship classes and involve helping out with Farm activities such as public tours, goat walks, work days, and monthly Construction Sundays. There are usually 5-10 hours of opportunity each month.

NOTE: There is a $10 non-refundable processing fee for the application. Applicants on the waitlist are not charged unless there is an opening.

GrainQuestions And Answers

We know you have a lot of questions before you dive in to signing up for our apprenticeship program, and we have a lot of answers. Please read through them and understand the commitment required of you before applying.

Have you ever wanted to learn how to run and maintain a small organic farm of animals and vegetables? Learn the ropes of goat milking, chicken care, turkey hatching and raising, vegetable production, soil development and composting, and other sustainable farming techniques.

Farming is a wonderful, fulfilling, dirty, stinky, cold, hot, muscle building, mindful, frustrating, happy, sad, and innovative experience. Processes are always being changed and improved depending on the situation. Animals are not widgets and they have personalities and feelings even if they are part of your food system. You will experience the “zen” of farming as one of the most rewarding and challenging experiences you will ever have. That said, you will also learn to keep yourself safe and healthy as we deal with sometimes unpredictable animals larger and smaller than us. This is NOT about muscle, it’s about ingenuity, leverage, observation, and sometimes remembering that you are the one with thumbs (and the ability to step back and consider a situation before reacting.)

An Apprenticeship is a job. It is an opportunity for you gain farming skills through a combination of learning sessions and hands-on service.

Adults 18 years and older. Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by a supervising adult.
You must be willing to do the following tasks:

  • Shovel chicken, turkey, or goat manure (mucking barns)
  • Carry 5 gallon buckets (20-30 lbs)
  • Move bales of hay (with another person if needed)
  • Work with animals that are larger than you

NOTE: Couples are welcome to apply, but must fill out separate applications.

Once a month from 8:00 am to 11:00 am on Wednesday or Saturday. Classes are held on the 2nd Wednesday and 3rd Saturday of each month from January through December. You will choose to attend either the Wednesday or Saturday classes when applying.

Classes are held on-site at 5 Fridges Farm - 11100 W 38th Ave, Wheat Ridge, CO 80033.

The cost is FREE with a 50-hour work commitment (5 hours per month February thru November).

The work hours are in addition to the apprenticeship classes and involve helping out with Farm activities such as public tours, goat walks, work days, and monthly Construction Sundays. There are usually 5-10 hours of opportunity  each month. 

After at least 5 sessions of apprenticeship (and you are able to do all chores on your own), you will be eligible to be  “Farmer for a Weekend” and cover the Farm while the Farmer is away. This is usually less than 3-4 hours of actual work -- but you will need to visit the farm in the morning and afternoon for chores each day and be the on-call person should there be an emergency vet visit, etc. Being “Farmer for a Weekend” counts as 15 hours towards your work commitment.

The cost is $500 without the work commitment.

NOTE: There is a non-refundable processing fee for the application.

The fee covers the administrative time required to process the application.

You must be willing and able to do the following tasks:

  • Shovel chicken, turkey, or goat manure (mucking barns)
  • Carry 5 gallon buckets (20-30 lbs)
  • Move bales of hay (with another person if needed)
  • Work with animals that are larger than you

Expect that we will be working outside with animals at each visit to the Farm -- rain, sun, snow, super warm, or freezing cold -- and dress appropriately:

  • Hat, water bottle, sunscreen
  • Gloves, muck boots (rubber)
  • Clothes that can get dirty and are appropriate for the weather

No flip-flops or shorts.

You must attend 12 classes between January and December. Classes are held on the 2nd Wednesday and 3rd Saturday of each month from January through December. You will choose to attend either the Wednesday or Saturday classes when applying.

You must also work 50 hours at the Farm. These hours are in addition to the classes and usually take place in the evening or on weekends. If you are not able to commit to 50 hours, you may pay $500 to attend the classes.

We accept 12 applications for each section (Saturdays and Wednesdays). Applications are considered in the order they are received from the timestamp on the application.

No, but we can give you a certificate if it will make you happy.

Application

Applications will be accepted beginning on November 1st and will be processed in the order they are received.

Please read through all Questions And Answers carefully and understand the commitment required of you before applying:

  • Have your own work gloves, boots, and weather-appropriate attire for working outdoors.
  • Physically (and emotionally) be able to shovel manure, milk goats, move hay, and work with animals bigger than you.
  • Fulfill work hours in a timely manner (each month) or pay $500 to skip the work.

Apprentice
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Life After Apprenticing

After completing the 5 Fridges Farm Apprenticeship Program, you are eligible to become a Wrangler. A Wrangler is a leadership position with the next generation of Apprentices.

ScheduleWatering Can

January

  • Orientation
  • Introduction to the Farm, philosophy, farm leadership, goals, etc.

February

  • Daily life at the Farm: chores, fencing, fixing everything
  • Regular animal care for chickens, turkeys, and dairy goats

March

  • Preparing and planning for growing, hatching, and birthing
  • Seeds, seedlings, cold-farming, and other growing that can be done inside and out while it is still cold outside

April

  • Turkey hatching, baby bird maintenance, milking goats
  • Preparation for summer Farmers Markets

May

  • Bees, goat pregnancy care and birthing
  • Preparing for the overload of cuteness of newborn goats

June

  • Baby Goats!
  • Vegetable and herb growing

July

  • Milking goats and weaning baby goats
  • More vegetable and herb growing

August

  • Water issues
  • Cheesemaking

September

  • Harvesting
  • Preserving

October

  • Breaking down the garden areas
  • Preparing animals for winter

November

  • Turkey Harvest
  • Compost

December

  • Wrap-up potluck breakfast
  • Planning for next year

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