Resources for Apprentices
We’re so excited to help you along your journey of becoming a Farm Apprentice! To be included in the Apprentice Link 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. 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.
We have also included a reference portion of the farm application, to take previous farm worker’s experiences with each farm into account. These references are posted publicly on the profiles, and we hope to remain an ally and advocate of farmers and apprentices throughout the season.
Explore the sidebar for FAQs on farm apprenticeships, what to look for, and what to expect on your search!
Have questions about Apprentice Link or any of our listings? Feel free to contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.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.