Posted August 3, 2005:
The Apprenticeship in Ecological Horticulture provides
training in the concepts and practices of organic gardening and
small-scale farming. This full-time program is held at the Center's
25-acre Farm and 3-acre Alan Chadwick Garden on the UCSC campus.
Run in conjunction with UCSC Extension, the Apprenticeship course
carries 20 units of Extension credit for the approximately 300 hours
of classroom instruction and 700 hours of in-field training and
hands-on experience in the greenhouses, gardens, orchards, and fields.
Tuition for the six-month course is $3,250.
for U.S. & Canadian Citizens: November
* Notification of Acceptance: late
* Deadline for International Applicants:
September 1, 2005
* Notification of Acceptance for International
Applicants: November, 2005
For more information, see www.ucsc.edu/casfs
Since its founding in 1967, the Apprenticeship has developed into
an internationally recognized program that blends the virtues of
experiential learning with traditional classroom studies. Topics
covered during the six-month course include soil management, composting,
pest control, crop planning, irrigation, farm equipment, marketing
techniques, and Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) practices.
The Apprenticeship model of combining theoretical and practical
instruction has been replicated both locally and internationally
as apprentices go on to train others in hands-on projects. Graduates
have also established their own commercial farms and market gardens,
run community gardens for inner city and prison populations, and
developed school gardening programs. Many graduates take part in
international development projects, including programs in Nepal,
Uganda, Kenya, South Africa, and throughout Central and South America.
Others have raised the standards of the organic food industry through
work with certification programs and retailers.