Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association - Farm Apprenticeship Program

Job Title: Farm Apprenticeship Program
Company: Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association
Category: Internship
Description:

MOFGA's Farm Apprenticeship Program connects people wanting to learn organic farming with experienced farmers willing to share their expertise. The typical arrangement involves an exchange of labor for room, board, a stipend, and informal, intensive training and experience in farming.

Farm Apprenticeships provide opportunities for training in:

  • Organic vegetable, herb, and flower production at many different scales
  • Marketing techniques, including direct marketing strategies such as Community Supported Agriculture
  • Raising livestock, including cattle, goats, sheep, horses, pigs, and poultry
  • Using draft animals for cultivation and woods work
  • Homesteading skills, including house-building, food preservation, and alternative energy
  • Dairy farming and cheese making with cows, goats, or sheep
  • Maple sugaring, orchard pruning, cider pressing, and meat processing
  • Seed saving
  • Making value-added products with farm resources
  • Grass-based and intensive rotational grazing farm systems

These and many other diverse opportunities are available on more than 100 farms throughout Maine.

MOFGA's Apprenticeship Program is targeted for young adults, with or without previous farming experience, but all are welcome to apply. Apprenticeships may begin any time during the year, and last for any duration, but most farmers are looking for apprentices who will commit for the entire growing season (early March through late October) or longer. The usual apprenticeship is an immersive practicum involving labor in return for room and board, instruction, and experience. Many farmers pay a modest stipend in addition.

If you're interested in becoming a farm apprentice, follow these steps:

Download and fill out an apprenticeship application. Please complete the application as thoroughly and thoughtfully as you can. PDF Word document

Peruse the profiles of the farms participating in the program. Choose up to 12 farms that interest you and enter their code numbers in the appropriate spaces at the end of your application form.

Email your completed application (Word or PDF format) as an attachment to education@mofga.org

Or, mail your completed application to:
MOFGA Apprenticeship Program
PO Box 170
Unity, ME 04988

When we receive your application, we will forward it to the farms in which you have indicated interest, and we will send you the contact information for those farms.

Note: It will be approximately 5 business days from when we receive your application to when you receive the contact information and welcome packet. It is then up to you and the farmers to contact each other. Once you've found a farm to work on, you should contact MOFGA to let us know, so we can offer support during your apprenticeship.

Farm work can be extremely rewarding, but it also can be tedious, exhausting, and frustrating. Communal or shared living situations can be challenging. The more farmers and apprentices are able to learn about each other before making a commitment, the better. We very strongly recommend that you visit a farm and interview the farmer(s) before taking an apprenticeship position.

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