Apprenticeship Program



 Apprenticeship Program

Farming Hope offers a 12 week, part-time, paid apprenticeship program for folks facing barriers to employment, including former incarceration, being un-housed, long-term unemployment, in recovery, victim of a crime, etc. 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.

Program Overview

  • The paid training is approximately 20 hours per week for 12 weeks weeks
  • Apprentices learn all the skills needed for high volume kitchen prep through the meals program at our community food hub
  • Apprentices have the opportunity to learn to make plated meals for our Tuesday and Wednesday evening in-house dinners and events
Apprentice Requirements
  • All Apprentices must have an actively engaged case manager (social worker, probation officer, employment counselor, etc)
  • Apprentices must be available to work at least three days per week, including Wednesdays, for the duration of the program
  • Apprentices must be ready to work, eager to learn, and excited to contribute positively to a team
Application Process
  • Candidate and case manager attend Open House
  • Candidate submits application, with a resume, by the deadline
  • If selected to interview, candidate attends interview with case manager
Ready to get started?
  • Applications for our April 2024 cohort are now closed
  • Sign up to attend our next Open House
Thank you for your interest in our apprenticeship program! Still have questions? Please email

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.