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Apprenticeships at Native Seeds/SEARCH

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Apprentice Experiences

  • "I became very familiar with the plants we were growing out. Through observation, questions, and discussion, I was able to gain a better understanding of a specific crops’ growing habits, needs, common pests, etc in our climate. All [the] NS/S staff that I worked with were extremely patient and willing to set aside time from their personal tasks to direct me on a task and answer any of my questions."

    Daisy Vargas, 2022 Farming and Seed Saving Apprentice

  • "I got to experience the seed regeneration process in detail. I was helping grow and care for a variety of plants, collect the seeds of the plants, and process the seeds. I have learned a lot of specifics of proper seed-saving and regeneration practices, for example, isolation distance, the number of plants needed for genetic preservation, the life shelf of seeds, and data collection. Also, I have learned about different techniques of seed processing, organic agricultural practices, and specifics of growing arid-adapted crops"

    Mariia Romanchenko, 2023 Americorps Member

  • “I enjoyed how varied the apprenticeship was in terms of tasks and projects. I came into the apprenticeship hoping to gain a better understanding of all the pieces that have to work and come together in order to successfully save seeds and NS/S allowed this to happen by being so flexible and accommodating the entire length of my apprenticeship.”

    Daisy Vargas, 2022 Farming and Seed Saving Apprentice

  • "There are so many seed saving/farming lessons I gained from this experience. I [also felt] mentored by the NS/S staff. The overall work environment was very encouraging and kind. It was a place I felt comfortable to make mistakes so that I could learn and grow from them."

    Ryan Golb, 2023 Summer Americorps Member

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