Apprenticeship Program



Apprenticeship Program

Farming Hope offers a 12 week, part-time, paid apprenticeship program for folks facing barriers to employment, including former incarceration or homelessness. We provide our apprentices with on-the-job culinary training in our kitchen. We aim to provide a safe, supportive and environment that nurtures the confidence needed to truly feel job-ready, while also challenging folks to learn and grow. Former apprentices work in the food industry (restaurants, grocery stores, commercial kitchens, food manufacturing) as well as other careers.

  • The paid training is approximately 20 hours per week for 12 weeks weeks
  • Apprentices learn all the skills needed for high volume kitchen prep for the meals program at our community food hub Refettorio San Francisco
  • Apprentices have the opportunity to learn to make plated meals for our Wednesday evening in-house dinners and staff events



If you are a case manager and interested referring a case management client to our program please click the button below to receive information about our next Open House and we will email you!

Application process:

  •  Attend Open House (next Open House will be November 2023)
  • Schedule an interview

Note that our next cohort will begin at the end of August 2023 and run through the end of November 2023.

Questions about our apprenticeship program? Email program@farminghope@org

Apprentice Stories

2020 Graduate

2020 Graduate

Employment Partners

The restaurants and food companies below have employed our apprenticeship graduates at their businesses, helping to create equitable workplaces in the food industry and beyond.

Join us in the fight

 Farming Hope is different — we pay Apprentices while they learn in our program.
Paying people makes sense, but costs dollars.