The Soil Association looks for new apprentices and hosts for their Future Growers scheme.

Training the next generation

The Soil Association Future Growers scheme is looking for more host farms to train up the next generation of organic growers. The scheme now offers six month placements for trainees as well as our proven two year placements for apprentices.

We find that host farms reap real benefits from committed and passionate staff who bring fresh ideas and energy into your business. You get to pass on your skills and knowledge and play a valuable role in helping to train our future growers.

Martin Soble, of Whitethorn Farm, an apprentice host, says: “The Soil Association Future Growers scheme attracts the most enthusiastic young people, ready to invest their time and effort in return for an opportunity to learn. Our apprentice is now taking a leading role in the running of the farm.”

We are just starting to advertise for our next intake, so now is the perfect time to get in touch with us and sign up as a host farm. We’ve had a really good response from SA licensees this year and have several new hosts for the traineeship. But as obviously the scheme is open to wider than just SA licensees we’d like to make sure we’ve got as many organic growers involved as possible. We are really keen to offer the longer 2 year placements if we can as these are when hosts really start to see significant’

Please visit www.soilassociation.org/futuregrowers to read more about the scheme or contact Rachel Harries e: rharries@soilassociation.org, t: 0117 987 4601 m: 07795 528 926

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