The Farm Apprenticeship program connects local youth with local farms for paid work and mentorship.

Experiential learning with farmers, on farms, in our community.

Through community building, meaningful work on area farms, peer conversation, and personal reflection, our Agricultural Programming builds skills for self-reliance, conscientious stewardship of nature, and sustainable communities. We now offer three Agricultural Program Streams: Agricultural Apprenticeships; Food & Farming: An After-School Initiative; and Young Farmer Education Series: Exploring the Agricultural Landscape of the Berkshires.

agricultural apprenticeships

The Farm Apprenticeship is a hands-on learning experience in both individual and collaborative settings. The program runs from April through November. Apprentices are expected to work a minimum of four hours per week and to participate in the regular workshops and farm visits on the first and third Wednesday of every month. Workshops are held at Woven Roots Farm, Tyringham, MA and Greenagers, Great Barrington, MA. Farm visits will take place throughout Central and South County.

Participant Requirements: 15-22 years old • Able to manage their personal transportation • Prepared to work outdoors for a minimum of 4 hours/week • Willing to commit to workshop and farm visit schedule • Ready to engage in community dialogue and discovery

Workshop Topics Include • The Soil Food Web • Food Systems • Food Literacy • Food Diversity • Food Justice • Sustainability • Wholesome Food Preparation

If you have any questions about the program, please contact Jen Salinetti, Program Coordinator.

The Farm Apprenticeships application can be completed online here.

Food & Farm: An after-school initiative

This 6-week program is designed to immerse you in practical skills for growing food, connection with nature, and critical thinking about our food system.

  • When: Tuesdays and Wednesdays, May 1st through June 6th, 3-5 pm
  • Where: Project Sprout, Monument Mountain High School
  • Who: Open to all high school students

For more information, or to register for the program, please contact Jen Salinetti, Program Coordinator

Young farmer education series: exploring the agricultural landscape of the berkshires

Join us for a weekly exploration of local agriculture. Visits include tours of area farms and historical sites; Q&A with local farmers and historians; and on-site, hands-on agricultural experiences.

  • When: Wednesdays, 1-5 p.m., July 11, 18, 25 and August 1, 8, 16, 22, and 29.
  • Where: Meet at the Greenagers office: 342 North Plain Rd., Housatonic (North Plain Farm).
  • Who: Participants must be 15-22 years old.

For more information, or to register for the program, please contact Jen Salinetti, Program Coordinator

I have absorbed a wealth of information about plant propagation, soil maintenance and health, crop rotation, business skills related to running a CSA program and selling food to the public.

Beyond practice knowledge, I’ve grown to appreciate more and more each day Pete and Jen’s general wisdom surrounding sustainable and efficient approaches to growing vegetables.

Finally, the experience of working outside on a full-time schedule has been incredibly humbling, especially considering how farmers like Pete and Jen put in so many hours beyond the regular 9-5 to make their operation thrive and produce.

Agricultural Apprentice

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