Farm Apprenticeship

The Farm Apprenticeship combines classroom learning with extensive hands-on learning on our 1.5-acre farm. Apprentices learn both the practical and business side of farming.

Farm Apprenticeship

The Small Farm Initiative farm apprenticeship teaches students how to grow organic and sustainable specialty vegetable crops in an urban setting. With a mixture of hands-on learning, classroom presentations, and field trips, this program dives into teaching students how to apply intensive growing practices that also build the soil and farm ecosystems. Weekly classes supplement the hands-on learning and provide in-depth information and background knowledge of what we are doing in the field. Together, farm apprentices and experienced farm staff cultivate 1.5 acres of undeveloped land in South Salt Lake City. 

This training includes how to operate and run a small farm using regenerative practices, as well as how to effectively distribute produce. All farm apprentices will receive weekly produce from our farm for their participation in this program (June-October). 

Class topics include bio-intensive farming, no-till farming, crop and seed selection, Integrated Pest Management (IPM), organic weed control, planting plans, business planning and development, field trips, and more. 

If you are interested, please fill out the application. If you have any questions, please email Soni at Sliding scale payment options and payment plans are available upon request. To learn about the Farm Stewardship, click here.

Participation Options

Full Course

  • March 11 – October 14 2024

  • Classes 1x/week for 2 hours (Monday)

  • 5hrs/week hands on learning during scheduled times

  • Cost: $1,200

Seasonal Modules

Select one or two seasonal modules (listed below) to participate in. This option allows for shorter time commitments and the completion of this program to take place over more than one growing season.

  • Classes 1x/week for 2 hours (Monday)

  • 5hrs/week hands on learning during scheduled times

  • Cost: $400/module

What to Expect Each Season

Meet Your Instructors

Soni Scheig

Soni first started their farming career interning at urban farms in the Midwest to get a better understanding of the food system. They quickly fell in love with it, and have now been working on farms for 7 years. They have been with GULB for 3 seasons. They gained skills and knowledge through working in back farms and on the community farm and they are now the farm manager and run the CSA. 

Farm Manager, The Green Urban Lunch Box

James Loomis

A professional Organic grower, educator and small farm consultant, James Loomis has been a disciple of sustainability and permaculture for the past 20 years. A borderline fanatic when it comes to soil biology and regenerative ecosystems, his enthusiasm is contagious and his philosophies outrageous. Never afraid to try new things, rumor has it he is only 637 serious mistakes away from true wisdom. 

Green Team Farm Director, Wasatch Community Gardens


Celia Bell

Celia has been an organic gardener since 1998. After graduating from Weber State University in 1998 with a B.S. in zoology and minors in both botany and chemistry, Celia decided that she wanted a “PhD in practical knowledge,” joined a farm collective, and took on gardening leadership responsibilities. After returning home to Utah she began large scale backyard gardening, teaching gardening classes, and taking as many gardening classes as possible. Chickens were a natural part in the evolution of her urban garden, and they were integrated in spring 2004. Celia’s chickens have been working hard on garden bug patrol, soil fertilizing and preparation, and egg production ever since. 

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