Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship Seeking Applicants
Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship (DGA) is the first accredited Apprenticeship program for farming in the United States. Apprentices are paid, full-time employees of the farm, and participate in a 2-year program that consists of over 3700 hours of employment and mentoring under a Master Grazier, and 288 hours of related courses, including courses in Pasture Management, Milk Quality, Herd Health, Dairy Nutrition, Soils, Nutrients, and Composting. Apprentices develop skills that prepare them for positions in management, partnership, and farm ownership, and also have access to professional financial analysis and business planning support. In addition to the Master Grazier mentor, Apprentices are supported by the DGA program, itself, in the form of an Education Coordinator who facilitates discussion groups with other Apprentices, pasture walks on other farms, and monitors curriculum work between the Master and the Apprentice. This program was started in Wisconsin, and is now being administered in Pennsylvania and some neighboring states by PASA, the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture.
DGA and PASA are currently looking for applicants to build an Apprentice pool for the region. We are in the process of enrolling Master Graziers, as well. To learn more about DGA, and to apply, use this link: https://www.dga-national.org/
Pasture-based, grazing dairies are economically viable, environmentally sustainable farms that can provide meaningful livelihood for motivated individuals.
Applicants must be at least 18 years old and have a high school diploma or GED.