SANTA CRUZ, Calif. -

Applications are currently open for the 2015 Apprenticeship in Ecological Horticulture at UC Santa Cruz.

The program, the longest-running university-based organic farmer-training program in the U.S., begins in April.

A range of scholarship support is available, including the Simply Organic annual scholarship and funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program. GI Bill and AmeriCorps funding can also be used to cover tuition costs.

The apprenticeship is managed by the Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems at UC Santa Cruz, and is offered through UCSC’s Extension Program. It is open to all participants 21 years or older, regardless of educational background.

Program information, application materials, and details on scholarship support are available online.  Application deadlines for the 2015 program are Aug. 15 for international applicants, and Sept. 30 for U.S. citizens.