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Advice on apprenticeships from a grower who has been on both sides

publication date: Apr 1, 2012
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MefferdsIn 2004, my wife Ann and I had moved across the country from our previous apprenticeship in Pennsylvania to work on a farm in California. It seemed like the perfect situation for two young people learning how to start their own farm. The farmers knew everything we wanted to know. We had visited the farm and several others in advance and, after weighing the options, we settled on this one. Due to the Mediterranean climate in that part of California, we could start right away in January, pruning the organic olive orchard on the farm. What better way could there be to spend the rest of the winter?


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