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Looking for Apprenticeship/Internship

Philip Green

Joined: Dec 13, 2011
Posts: 45
Location: Southern Ohio (zone 6a)
My goal is to buy my own land and support myself through either (or a combination of) gardening, raising animals, edible landscaping and wild foraging. Right now I have a lot of plant identification experience in the midwest and a fair amount of knowledge of plant use, so I'd prefer to stay in an area with similar plant communities. I also have about 10,000 dollars, which I would like to invest in land once I become more confident that I will succeed.

What I'm looking for is experience in either organic gardening, raising organic livestock and/or edible landscaping, and preferably I'd like to gain experience in greenhouse operation. I'm thinking the best way to get this is a permaculture apprenticeship or internship somewhere in the mid-west (I'm from Ohio, so anywhere with similar plant communities). I'm very interested in wild foraging and using plants not commonly grown on farms or gardens. While I have gardened before and I have a little experience in organic gardening, I don't have enough experience to confidently start out on my own. So I'm looking for somewhere that I can spend a year or two experience and knowledge.

I'm able to start any time (I just dropped out of grad school, was originally planning to get a job in invasive species management and then try to start an organic farm as a hobby on the side, but I realized that I'm not interested enough in invasive plants that I'd want to work a job dealing with them for more than a year or so, and I decided it wasn't worth the money). Looking for any available internship/apprenticeship, or for any advice on what the best way to start into permaculture is (right now I'm planning to get an internship/apprenticeship and also want to start trying to sell homemade teas and jams (from wild foraged plants) at either farmers markets or online (etsy)).
Aza Aguila

Joined: Feb 28, 2012
Posts: 26
Location: Costa Rica
We invite you to take a look at our program in Costa Rica at Awakening Soul farm:

Community, Internships, Permaculture, Self-Discovery, Natural Healing, Sustainability

Joined: Mar 25, 2011
Posts: 107
Hi Philip,

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I also use or also suggest wwoof, but I think these could be a little bit of backstepping for you, though there are exceptional finds to be found.

Attra has internships and apprenticeships that are at the least in exchange for room and board, many paying a good stipend, most with the intention of providing an educational experience for future farmers/homesteaders/specialists in a certain trade.

Good luck!

I agree. Here's the link:
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