Apprenticeship Program

The goal of the Grow Whidbey apprenticeship program is to give motivated individuals the skills and knowledge needed to become growers and teachers in the field of sustainable community agriculture.  

There will be three apprentices in total: the Good Cheer Food Bank Apprentice will work at the Good Cheer Food Bank Garden and the Big ACRE. The two others will be part of the the South Whidbey School District Farm and Garden Program: the School Farm/Garden Curriculum Apprentice will be primarily focused on garden based education and the School Farm/Garden Production Apprentice will focus on food production in a school garden setting. Click on the links below to read more about each position.

Apprentices will spend the majority of their time at their designated project sites, but will collaborate in working at the Big ACRE, participate in shared workshops and field trips, and generally be part of a collaborative community food system here on Whidbey Island.

The program runs from January through October, or March through October of 2017 depending on the position. Housing, food, and a stipend are provided.

1.) Good Cheer Food Bank Apprentice
Garden Manager: Camille Green

2.) School Farm/Garden Curriculum Apprentice 
Curriculum Coordinator: Nadean Curtiss


3.) School Farm/Garden Production Apprentice
School Garden Coordinator: Cary Peterson


Liza Elman, 2016 farm apprentice