Resources for Apprentices
Finding farm work can be a confusing endeavor, especially your first time around. Read below to learn about common questions regarding finding and keeping a farm apprenticeship, what to expect, and how to find the opportunity that’s right for you.
What is Apprentice Link, and how is it different from other farm apprenticeship listings?
How do I use Apprentice Link to find a farm apprenticeship?
I’ve never worked on a farm before. What are some resources to tap into to help me learn from people with lots of experience?
What kinds of things should I be asking myself to narrow down what I’m looking for in an apprenticeship?
A farmer contacted me about an interview. What can I expect when I visit their farm?
A farm doesn’t have an application on their Apprentice Link listing, or farm website. What’s the best way to find out how to apply?
The farm I’m interested in applying to has already hired for the season or isn’t hiring yet. Is it appropriate to still contact them?
What kind of challenges should I be aware of when saying “yes” to a farm apprenticeship?
What should I expect in a typical work day?
What are some good tips for getting the most out of the farming season?
What do you recommend to do when my farming apprenticeship is not going as smoothly as I imagined or hoped?
Are there any other resources you’d recommend to someone looking for farm work?
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