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Residential Farmer Training at Heifer Ranch

Live and learn at the Heifer Ranch Center for Regenerative Agriculture

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The Heifer Ranch Center for Regenerative Agriculture is a 1,200-acre agricultural learning center where beginning and experienced farmers can get training and support in understanding and using regenerative farming methods.

Immersive, experiential learning programs help farmers build stronger skills in regenerative agriculture, and trainees are provided the opportunity to work right alongside our agricultural experts.

Heifer Ranch offers two types of Residential Farmer Training opportunities:

  • 10-month apprenticeships through the Center for Arkansas Farms and Food, and
  • 3-month minimum intensive residential training opportunities directly through Heifer.

Center for Arkansas Farms and Food Apprenticeship Program

If you’re interested in taking the next step in developing your skills in regenerative agriculture, the Heifer Ranch Center for Regenerative Agriculture is now one of several farm sites mentoring the next generation of farmers through a partnership with the Center for Arkansas Farms and Food.

The CAFF’s Farmer Apprenticeship program matches beginning farmers to mentorship opportunities at several farms across the state, including at the Heifer Ranch. Participants placed at the Heifer Ranch receive on-site housing, immersive farm experiences, and a stipend. Benefits may vary from farm to farm, but all participants receive hands-on experience from their mentors and more than 20 classes on farming and business developed by CAFF.

Apply for the CAFF Apprenticeship Program. The application window is open from August to December. The apprenticeship takes place the following February to October. Visit the CAFF site to learn more.

Short-Term Residential Farming Trainee Positions at Heifer Ranch

Shorter-term trainees at the Heifer Ranch Center for Regenerative Agriculture receive the same great on-site training and are also provided housing on site. Shorter-term trainees still serve full-time with our organic gardens or our pasture-raised livestock teams.


  • Eagerness to build skills in regenerative agriculture
  • 40-hour per week immersive learning experience
  • 3-month minimum
  • Willingness to reside on-site

Request more information using the form below.

Apply Today

Do you have a passion for sustainable agriculture and food systems? Are you looking to grow your experience as a farmer or chef, while helping with Heifer International’s mission to end hunger and poverty? If you are interested in becoming a Residential Farmer Trainee at the Heifer Ranch Center for Sustainable Agriculture, please enter your information below. Residential Farmer Training participants must be 18 years or older, pass a background check, and comply with Heifer International’s COVID-19 policies.

 Residential Farmer Trainees serve approximately 40 hours per week, in exchange for on-site housing, a small living stipend, and hands-on experience learning alongside our agricultural experts.

Personal Information

I reside in the U.S., or have a valid travel / work visa that will allow me to participate in the program for the required length of service

I am interested in a position gaining experience with

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