Growing Growers (Wichita / SC Kansas area) Host Farm Application
This is intended to gauge interest in local farms that may be interested in hosting an apprentice for a new Growing Growers program in the Wichita area. Please read and complete each section carefully. All the questions are required to submit this form. This form does not commit you or your farm to serve as a Host Farm for the 2018 growing season. It is only to get us started. Please contact Rebecca McMahon at rmcmahon@ksu.edu or 316-660-0142 with questions or concerns.
Farm Name *
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Name *
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Email *
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Address, including City, State, Zip Code *
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Phone number(s) *
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If you are approved as a host farm, information from this application may be posted on the host farm list on our website. If you would prefer that any of this information not be posted, please let us know.
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What crops do you produce? *
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How many acres do you farm? *
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Where and how do you sell your products? (Please mark all that apply.) *
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Mark the one that is the best fit for your operation: *
How many years have you operated this farm? *
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Have you had paid employees before? *
Are you interested in: *
Briefly, why are you interested in hosting an apprentice? *
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HOST FARMER COMPENSATION The Training Program will pay $200 to the Host Farm for providing 8-12 hours of one-to-one training to one or more apprentice(s) and for participation in the program. This payment is contingent on receiving the end-of-the-season paperwork by the host farmer. *
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HOST FARMER PARTICIPATION/RESPONSIBILITIES The Host Farm will be responsible for interviewing, hiring, paying (in the case of paid apprentices), and supervising the Apprentice. During the hiring process, we strongly suggest that host farmers and apprentices develop and write down a basic set of expectations for the apprenticeship including start and end dates, schedule, rate of pay or other compensation, core responsibilities, and other important details of work at your farm. These expectations are not “set in stone”, but provide an important reference point for both farmers and apprentices. The Host Farm is entirely responsible for wages and any employment benefits such as housing to be paid to the Apprentice.The Host farm will provide 8-10 hours of one-on-one training to the Apprentice, plus provide more informal training during work hours. *
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Are you able to commit 8-10 hours of training to the Apprentice plus 4 hours of time in program work with other Host Farmers and Training Program staff? *
PARTICIPATION IN WORKSHOPS AND TRAININGS The Training Program will offer workshops on a monthly basis that will be required for the Apprentices and optional for the Host Farmers. If Apprentices miss more than two workshops, they may be dropped from the program. Will you be able to arrange the Apprentice's work schedule to attend the workshops? *
Are you interested in attending the workshops yourself? *
PAID APPRENTICESHIP LABOR Host Farms will be expected to pay the Apprentices regular farm wages in exchange for the work any farm laborer would do. Training time is extra and unpaid. We expect that wages and housing/room/board will be different on each Host Farm depending on location and type of farm. *
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What wages will you pay the Apprentice? (Please indicate if pay is per hour or per week) *
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Are you able to include housing and/or room and board? *
When would you be able to pay the Apprentice and for approximately how many hours? Please include start date, end date, and average number of hours per week. (i.e. - March 25-Sept 15, 30 hours per week) *
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VOLUNTEER APPRENTICESHIP LABOR Volunteer Apprentices will need to commit to a minimum of 4 hours per week of volunteer labor to participate in the program. They will be expected to do comparable work to paid employees and to receive similar levels of supervision and support. *
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Will Volunteer Apprentices receive any non-cash compensation for their work? For example, “seconds” on vegetables? (This is not required.) *
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APPRENTICE RESPONSIBILITIES The Apprentice is responsible for working in a responsible and professional manner. Apprentice’s work activities and schedule are to be determined by the farm supervisor. Apprentices are responsible for attending at least 80% of the Training Program workshops offered. Training hours are unpaid. Failure to participate in workshops will result in termination of the Apprenticeship. *
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CONFLICTS BETWEEN APPRENTICES AND FARMERS Farm work is hard, stressful work and it isn't unusual for issues to arise between the farm supervisor and an employee or volunteer. Conflicts initially need to be addressed by the Host Farm and the Apprentice, but if they are not successful, the Training Program will do its best to help resolve the situation to everyone's satisfaction. If the issues can't be resolved, the Apprentice can leave the farm's employ, but can continue to take workshops for free. We will try to place them on another farm, but cannot make any guarantees. We will also try to find a new Apprentice for the farm, but again cannot make any guarantees. If a Host Farm loses its apprentice, host farmer fees will be pro-rated, and the farmer can still attend educational events for free. *
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INSURANCE Host Farms must have general liability insurance and must make a copy of it available to the Training Program. *
PROCESS FOR SELECTING HOST FARMS AND APPRENTICES Upon receipt of the application from the Host Farm, a staff member will talk with you by phone or email. If you have already identified a potential Apprentice, we will talk separately with them. If you haven’t identified an Apprentice, we will begin directing interested people to you. We recommend that you request a copy of their apprenticeship application. You are responsible for interviewing potential Apprentices and coming to an employment agreement. *
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We will review all interested Host Farms and Apprentices and will make final decisions about participation in the Training Program. *
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GENERAL UNDERSTANDING AND AGREEMENT I understand the general expectations and responsibilities outlined above and agree to them. I understand that applying to the Training Program does not guarantee acceptance. (Please type your name and date.) *
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