Apprentice Link connects people who are serious about learning the sustainable farming trade with farmers who are willing to teach them in an apprenticeship setting. Depending on the farm, different compensation (from hourly wages to room and board and education) may be offered in exchange for labor. This listing helps potential applicants find farms that are compatible with their farm training needs, which we hope will lead to successful apprenticeship opportunities. Our programs’ emphasis is specifically in Western NC, with a focus on farms that participate in the Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training (CRAFT) program.
The Organic Growers’ School is dedicated to helping train the next generation of farmers by connecting them with truly educational apprentice experiences, helping farmers become mentors, and providing needed resources for labor management. Interested in being listed? Please visit the Farm Application Page to get started.
To be included in these listings, Organic Growers’ School has vetted each farm to determine of the following criteria has been met:
- Farms are actively engaged in the local community.
- Farms are using organic and/or sustainable production methods. Organic Certification and other certifications are not required, but we do ask that farms and farmers are “in-the-know” and conscientiously practicing organic standards.
- Farms are dedicated to training new farmers by providing education as a pinnacle element of their apprenticeship program.
We have incorporated a review element into our database that works to take previous apprentice experience into account. All reviews written were reported by apprentice or employee “references” that are provided by each farm through the application process. We believe this element of our database furthers community accountability and will help provide applicants with resources to help them make an informed decision when accepting farm positions.
To begin searching, explore the farms on the interactive map or enter in search filters below.
Questions about this program? Contact Sera, Farmer Programs Associate, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
DISCLAIMER: The Organic Growers School provides the Apprentice Link listing as a service to the southern Appalachian agriculture community. OGS provides no recommendation or claim related to any profiles within the Farm Network. We encourage all potential apprentice participants to thoroughly research and inquire about each position, especially with respect to wages, safety and worker treatment. If you’re not sure what to expect from an apprenticeship, we encourage you to read our “Looking for Farm Work?” page before applying for any posted positions. We encourage all farmers to seek assistance in learning and carrying out best practices for farm internship management, including ongoing contact with area service providers and federal authorities for the most up-to-date information about labor laws related to apprenticeship positions. Farm reviews posted on each listing were made by third party participants and are unedited. OGS reserves the right to amend any information provided without notice.
OGS Farmer Programs are made possible by our farmer network and funding in part by the Community Foundation of WNC, CLIF Bar Family Foundation, Organic Valley, Simply 1%, Carolina Farm Credit, French Broad Food Co-op, and by the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program of USDA-NIFA, Grant #2016-70017-25341. Read more about Farmer Programs' Funding Partners here.