Mentor and Apprentice Opportunities in Sustainable Farming

The Apprentice Link database connects people who are serious about learning the sustainable farming trade with farmers who are willing to teach them in an apprenticeship setting. Our programs’ emphasis is specifically in the Southern Appalachians, with a focus on farms that participate in local Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training (CRAFT) programs.

To be included in this listing, 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.

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Disclaimer

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 information page for apprentices or our Apprentice Reflection page written by former apprentices 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.

If you have any questions, please email Sera at farmer-programs@organicgrowersschool.org.

OGS Farmer Programs are made possible by our farmer network and our funding partners: USDA-NIFA Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program, Grant #2016-70017-25341, USDA Rural Business Development Program, Community Foundation of WNC, Polk County Community Foundation, CLIF Bar Family Foundation, New Belgium Brewing, Simply Organic 1%. Our Growth Partners (year-round program support) are: Carolina Farm Credit, French Broad Food Coop, Mountain Rose Herbs, Earth Tools, Biltmore Company, Red Moon Herbs, Living Web Farms, and Chelsea Green Publishing. Our Media Sponsors are Hendersonville Community Co-op, and WNCW.