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Soil Association : Future growers : Become a host farm

Become a host farm

With over 500 potential trainees and apprentices on our waiting list for the Future Growers scheme, we are keen to hear from new organic growers who would like to become a host farm.

Our host farms tell us they benefit from committed and passionate staff, bringing fresh ideas and energy, who have the potential to become valuable long term members of your team.

As a host grower you will provide:

  • full time paid employment (paid by you according to AWO Workers Grade 1-6 rates). Please note that the rates listed in the AWO for trainees and apprentices do not apply to this scheme)
  • regular mentoring
  • a wide range of growing experience
  • a supportive learning environment

Future Growers scheme offers two placement opportunities:

  Traineeship Apprenticeship
Length of paid employment 6 months minimum 2 years
Mentoring 2 hours a month 4 hours a month

Guide to being a host farm

Download our guide [pdf, 87 kb] for all the information you need to find out about being a host farm.

Apply now

Please complete this online application form to register as a host farm.

Existing host farms

The following organic farms and growers are amongst those that have hosted Future Growers so far:

Talk to a host farm

Our hosts are happy to talk to you about their experiences of having an apprentice work for them. Please do give them a ring to talk through the scheme:

We are happy to talk further about how the Future Grower scheme can help your business. Please contact Rachel Harries on rharries@soilassociation.org or 0117 987 4601.

What our hosts say about apprentices

"Apprentices are dedicated and driven by their passion for organic farming and growing, we find that they quickly become acutely attentive to the work they carry out on the farm."

"Having an apprentice has given me a greater insight into how my business works"