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

OGS Farmer Programs are made possible by our farmer network and our funding partners: Blooming Prairie Foundation, Community Foundation of WNC, CLIF Bar Family Foundation, Cornell Douglas Foundation, Harry Chapin Foundation, New Visions Foundation, Patagonia, Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education, UNFI Foundation, Walnut Cove Members Association, WNC Bridge Foundation, and USDA-NIFA Beginning  Farmer and Rancher Foundation. Our Growth Partners (year-round program support) are: Carolina Farm Credit, Buchi,  Living Web Farms, and Gaia Herbs. Our Media Sponsors are WNCW, Asheville FM and Blue Ridge Public Radio.