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Apprenticeship Program: Logistics

Apprenticeship Logistics


We have an 8-week minimum stay. The first two weeks of this time is a trial period, during which either party is allowed to terminate the apprenticeship. There is no maximum length of stay, but apprentices must request, and be approved for, an additional length of stay beyond the minimum 8 weeks. We offer spring and fall apprenticeships with occasional arrangements to stay on over the summer.


Weekly Schedule

Apprentices work on Maine Local Living School projects 5 days a week. We work hard and request the same of our apprentices. However, the apprenticeship is, at its core, an educational experience. Apprentices attend all classes free-of-charge and have ample opportunity to pursue personal craft projects and practice skills. Wednesday afternoons are set aside for cleaning and maintenance around the apprentice home. Friday afternoons and weekends are free time.

The Educational Homestead

Maine Local Living School is a working homestead and education center. An apprenticeship will often overlap with grade-school, high school, or college-level programing. Apprentices are not expected to be teachers, they are expected to be involved in programs and excited to share what they are learning with others. 80% of the apprenticeship is working and living. Roughly 20% will be program oriented.

Community Meeting

On Wednesday night we have a community potluck supper. On this night, we review the week, share feelings, make space to address concerns and issues, offer appreciations, and make plans for the upcoming week.


Character Expectations

Above all, we expect apprentices to have a desire to learn, and to be willing and positive members of the community. We expect apprentices to be self-motivated, thorough in their work, and meticulous in their clean-up and care of tools.

Social Contact

Apprentices are involved with most classes and work with us almost daily. However, apprentices live alone and need to be a self-sufficient social unit. Maine Local Living School is located 9 miles from Farmington and social interaction is limited. If you get lonely and do not do well living by yourself, you should consider apprenticing with a partner or friend, or make sure there will be other apprentices present during your stay.

Tuition & Food 

Work exchange! No money changes hands. MLLS provides almost all food (produce, dairy and eggs from the homestead; and bulk dry goods like oatmeal, rice, beans, flour), apprentices purchase their own specialty foods such as butter, cheese, meat, snacks, nuts, and any special diet needs like gluten-free foods.

Drugs & Alcohol

Maine Local Living School apprenticeship is a time to push your levels of awareness and connection.  We do not feel the use of marijuana, alcohol or other drugs are conducive to this goal and are strictly forbidden at all times on the homestead.  

Good Housekeeping/Hygiene

Keeping a clean living space and a clean body are important elements of the simple life endeavor. We hold apprentices to a high standard in this regard, as it would be doing you a disservice not to do so.  Living simply does not mean living dirty.

Car Parking

Apprentices’ cars are parked in the school parking area, approximately ¼ mile from the school center.



Apprentices use the school’s public composting toilets and are responsible for keeping them clean and neat.

Electricity & Amenities

Apprentices can usually charge cell phones, laptops, headlamp batteries, etc. from the classroom photovoltaic system. Occasionally, you will have to wait for the sun to come out again! There is no electricity in apprentice living spaces.

Phone/Internet: There is no cell reception here! Depending on your carrier, service starts between 1 and 5 miles down the road. There is a landline phone available in the classroom (it is shared with the school and Knapp family). Internet is available at the public library in Farmington, and at the Knapp house on a limited basis. 


Human-created music is always welcome! We have a piano. To hold space for all involved in the community, please do not play loud recorded music on speakers.


No pets, please. There is a dog, cat, and farm animals on the homestead.


Farmington is 9 miles away. There is some opportunity to carpool when we leave to do errands. If you are without a car, we recommend bringing a bike.

Apprenticeship Program: Requirements

Apprenticeship Requirements
  • You DO NOT need to be an expert or even have any prior practice with these skills. Gaining experience is what this apprenticeship is for!

  • You DO need to be motivated; much learning will take place on your own time because you choose to do it.

  • You DO need to be willing to push the limits of your physical comfort. You will spend most of every day outdoors. It may be hot or buggy, you may be tired or hungry, but the fire still needs to be started and food still needs to be picked from the garden and cooked before you’ll be able to eat.

  • You DO need to be willing to push the limits of your emotional comfort. You will be living in close proximity with your teachers and fellow apprentices; open communication is necessary, as well as the ability to hear criticism and feedback from others.

  • The apprenticeship program is open to all ages 18 and up.

Apprenticeship Program: Registration

Apprenticeship Registration

Registration Process

Register by filling out the online registration form or mailing us the printed answers to the essay questions (found on the online registration form). We will contact you about coming for a three-day trial before the start of the apprenticeship.

Security Deposit

A security deposit of $100 is required upon your arrival and will be refunded at the end of your apprenticeship following a full cleanup of living/work spaces and return (in good working order) of all Maine Local Living School's tools, books, and other materials that were used.

Available Time Slots

Spring: May and June

Fall: Mid-September through mid-November


We accept between 2 and 5 apprentices for each season. Enrollment is on a rolling basis.

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