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 Agricultural Apprenticeship is a hands-on learning experience in both individual and collaborative settings.

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

The Agricultural Apprenticeship program includes a variety of ways for students to engage in our local food economy through:

Positions paid by the hour • Positions paid by weekly stipend • Experiential internships • Participation in “Exploring the Berkshire Agricultural Landscape,” a weekly exploration of local farms.  Visits will include a farm tour, Q&A with the farmers and on-site volunteer time, Wednesdays July – August

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

The Agricultural Apprenticeship application can be completed online here.

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, 9 a.m. – 1 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

Coming this fall! 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: Dates TBD
  • 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

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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