Farm Apprenticeships

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, The Farm Apprenticeship Program builds skills for self-reliance, conscientious stewardship of nature, and sustainable communities. 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, at wovenrootsfarm@gmail.com.

The Farm Apprenticeships application can be completed online here.

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.

Farm Apprentice

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