Various locations, Maine
Apply now for MOFGA’s apprenticeship program
Every year the apprenticeship program of the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) serves up to 200 potential farmers, with or without previous farming experience. MOFGA pairs these future growers with experienced organic farmers who are willing to share their knowledge and skills.
Typically an apprentice works on a farm in exchange for room, board, a stipend and informal, intensive training and experience in farming.
Farm Apprenticeships provide opportunities for training in:
- Organic vegetable, herb, and flower production at many different scales
- Marketing techniques, including direct marketing strategies such as Community Supported Agriculture
- Raising livestock, including cattle, goats, sheep, horses, pigs, and poultry
- Using draft animals for cultivation and woods work
- Homesteading skills, including house-building, food preservation, and alternative energy
- Dairy farming and cheese making with cows, goats, or sheep
- Maple sugaring, orchard pruning, cider pressing, and meat processing
- Seed saving
- Making value-added products with farm resources
- Grass-based and intensive rotational grazing farm systems
These and many other diverse opportunities are available on more than 100 farms throughout Maine.
In addition to the individual farm experience, MOFGA offers many opportunities throughout the year for apprentice networking and supplemental learning, including its Farm Training Project – in-depth tours of Maine organic farms in the company of other apprentices and MOFGA staff, usually followed by lively potluck suppers. Several day-long and multi-day educational events complement the farm-based learning, including a Spring Growth Conference and a three-day-long fall Farmer-to-Farmer Conference.
For more information and to apply for a MOFGA apprenticeship position, please click on the “Programs” tab at www.mofga.org.