On-Farm Learning & Mentorships

Mentorships and On-Farm Learning Resource List  

American Association of Botanical Gardens and Arboreta (AABGA) Publications Department, 351 Longwood Road Kennett Square, PA 19348 http://www.publicgardens.org/ To encourage gardens to develop internship programs for young people, AABGA publishes and distributes an annual listing of more than 500 internships. The latest Intern Directory lists summer jobs and internships in grounds management, education, collections, curation, and more at 97 botanical gardens, arboreta, and other horticultural institutions. Order form for directory may be downloaded from website. Price is $10.00. TYPE OF ON-FARM LEARNING: Farm-based

Alternative Farming Systems Information Center (AFSIC) National Agricultural Library US Department of Agriculture 10301 Baltimore Avenue, Room 132 Beltsville, MD 20705-2351 301-504-6559 fax:  301-504-6927 http://afsic.nal.usda.gov https://www.nal.usda.gov/afsic/edtr/sustainable-agriculture-education-directory Lists college and non-governmental organizations offering both classroom and practical education and training. Request free copy of Educational and Training Opportunities in Sustainable Agriculture or see searchable website. TYPE OF ON-FARM LEARNING: Academic, Farm-based

BeginningFarmers.org http://www.beginningfarmers.org http://www.beginningfarmers.org/internship-and-employment-opportunities/ Website portal for posting jobs and internships, finding jobs and internships, and additional resources for both employers and job seekers.  Includes opportunities for loans and grants, starting a farm, and military veterans. TYPE OF ON-FARM LEARNING: Farm-based

EarthDance Organic Farm School St. Louis, MO https://www.earthdancefarms.org/ EarthDance Organic Farm School offers a part-time, hands-on organic farming and gardening apprenticeship program in the Midwest, giving beginning growers an introduction to the skills and practices of sustainable agriculture.  Includes topics in organic gardening, market farming, and applied permaculture. TYPE OF ON-FARM LEARNING: Farm-based

Good Food Good Jobs https://www.goodfoodjobs.com/ Linking opportunities with farmers and food artisans, policy makers and purveyors, retailers and restaurateurs, economists, ecologists, and more.  Includes listings of on-farm internships and programs that offer certificate programs in organic and sustainable agriculture. TYPE OF DIRECTORY:  Academic, Farm-based, and more

Hawthorne Valley Farm Apprenticeship Program 327 County Route 21C Ghent, NY 12075 518-672-7500 http://hawthornevalleyfarm.org/place-based-learning-center/vocational-programs/apprenticeships/ Apprenticeship opportunities in biodynamic farming systems, including biodynamics, livestock and dairy production, vegetable production, field and market gardening, grazing and pasture management, and Community Supported Agriculture. TYPE OF ON-FARM LEARNING: 

Farm-based Liberal Arts Career Network Intern Center, Bowdoin College, 4900 College Station Brunswick, ME 04011-8440 http://liberalartscareers.org/ Maintains nationwide database of internship and summer job opportunities. Collaborative effort of 37 U.S. colleges and universities. Operates through a partnership with Student Center, a program to help college and graduate students identify personal strengths, define career goals, and learn about careers and employers that best match their career interests. TYPE OF ON-FARM LEARNING: Academic, Farm-based

Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association – Farm Apprenticeships PO Box 170 Unity, Maine 04988 207-568-4141 mofga@mofga.org http://mofga.org/Programs/FarmApprenticeships/tabid/502/Default.aspx MOFGA’s Farm Apprenticeship program connects people wanting to learn organic farming with experienced farmers willing to share their expertise. Includes farm apprenticeship opportunities in organic vegetable, herb and flower production, marketing techniques, direct marketing, Community Supported Agriculture, livestock production, draft animals for crop production, dairy farming, cheese making, maple sugar production, orchard production, seed saving, value-added production, and grass-based and intensive rotational grazing farm systems. TYPE OF ON-FARM LEARNING:

Farm-based Making a Difference College & Graduate Guide: Education to Shape the World Anew, 9th ed., Miriam Weinstein,         Sageworks Press, 2005.  This book profiles 75 colleges that educate for a healthy future for our communities, our nation and our planet. Features colleges that offer unique, experiential ways to earn college credit including farm apprenticeships. TYPE OF ON-FARM LEARNING: Academic

MOSES, Farmer-to-Farmer Mentoring Program Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service P.O. Box 339 Spring Valley, WI 54767 715-772-3153 fax:  715-772-3162 e-mail: info@mosesorganic.org https://mosesorganic.org/projects/mentor-program/ Farmer-to-Farmer Mentoring Program pairs experienced organic farmers with farmers who are new to organic farming. This 1-to-1 guidance helps new farmers understand organic practices and encourages their success. TYPE OF ON-FARM LEARNING: Farm-based

Multinational Exchange for Sustainable Agriculture (MESA)        5245 College Ave #508 Oakland, CA 94618 www.mesaprogram.org MESA is a non-profit that strengthens sustainable farming communities around the world by coordinating training and cross-cultural opportunities for international farmers and their U.S. counterparts. Currently, MESA sponsors an annual 8-12 month on-farm training program for global farmers, matching them with U.S. host farms practicing organic and/or sustainable agriculture. The program offers practical, vocational training that exposes young aspiring farmers to every aspect of small-farm management. U.S. farmers provide hands-on training, housing, meals and monthly program fees for the opportunity to host an experienced international trainee. MESA also arranges organized farm training programs for Americans with our partner networks abroad. TYPE OF ON-FARM LEARNING: Farm-based

National Young Farmers Coalition PO BOX 1074 Hudson, New York 12534 518-643-3564 http://www.youngfarmers.org/land-and-jobs/ The National Young Farmers Coalition supports practices and policies that will sustain young, independent and prosperous farmers now and in the future. Their website includes a directory of farming internships, jobs, land access opportunities and a land link portal.  TYPE OF ON-FARM LEARNING: Farm-based

New England Small Farm Institute 275 Jackson St. Belchertown, MA 01007 413-323-4531 http://www.smallfarm.org/ A land-based, non-profit organization that promotes small farm development by providing information and training for aspiring, beginning and transitioning farmers.  Maintains an extensive resource collection; produce publications; develop and offer innovative, farmer-guided programs; and advocate for policies that encourage sustainable small-scale agriculture.   TYPE OF ON-FARM LEARNING: Farm-based

North America Biodynamic Apprenticeship Program 1661 N Water Street Suite 307 Milwaukee WI 53202 262-649-9212 info@biodynamics.com https://www.biodynamics.com/nabdap The North American Biodynamic Apprenticeship Program (NABDAP) helps aspiring farmers develop the skills and knowledge they need to build successful organic and biodynamic farms.  The program combines a 24 month structured on-farm training and mentoring program with independent, on-farm projects and in the classroom study on biodynamic systems. TYPE OF ON-FARM LEARNING: Farm-based

Northeast Workers on Organic Farms (NEWOOF) 275 Jackson St. Belchertown, MA 01007 413-323-4531 http://www.smallfarm.org/main/for_new_farmers/north_east_workers_on_organic_farms/ NEWOOF is a regional Farm Apprenticeship Placement Service.  Sponsored by the New England Small Farm Institute, and coordinated from their offices in Massachusetts, NEWOOF annually publishes an annotated list of farms (generally in the Northeast) seeking apprentices.  The list is made available to interested workers who are responsible for contacting the farm(s) of their choice, and directly arranging for interviews. TYPE OF ON-FARM LEARNING: Farm-based

Northeast Organic/Sustainable Agriculture Education Directory Northeast Organic Farming Association Massachusetts Chapter 411 Sheldon Road Barre, MA 01005 978-355-2853 e-mail: nofa@nofamass.org http://www.nofamass.org/programs/ageddirectory.php Describes educational and training programs about organic or sustainable agricultural methods in the north eastern region of the United States. TYPE OF ON-FARM LEARNING: Academic

Organic Agriculture Centre of Canada Nova Scotia Agricultural College P.O. Box 550 Truro, Nova Scotia Canada B2N 5E3 902-893-7256 fax:  902-896-7095 e-mail: oacc@nsac.ns.ca http://www.organicagcentre.ca/Courses/wc_gen_info.asp Certificate program in Organic Agriculture. Web-based and campus-based educational courses and programs at four universities in Canada. Identifies and links to research in many aspects of organic crop and livestock production. TYPE OF ON-FARM LEARNING: Academic

Rodale Institute http://rodaleinstitute.org/organic-farmer-training/ Hands-on farm training programs for aspiring organic farmers and food-systems advocates.  Includes a degree program, and internship opportunities in an organic farm-to-hospital institute, organic farm research with field plots and greenhouse trials, an agriculture supported community model for bring high-quality organic food to underserved communities, and a livestock institute that includes organic animal and veterinary care.  TYPE OF ON-FARM LEARNING: Academic

Rodale Institute Directory of Student Farms http://www.newfarm.org/features/0104/studentfarms/directory.shtml A guide to university and college campus farms, organized by region. TYPE OF ON-FARM LEARNING: Academic, Farm-based

Sustainable Agriculture Education Association http://www.sustainableaged.org/  http://sustainableaged.org/projects/degree-programs/ http://sustainableaged.org/projects/student-farms/ On-line clearinghouse of academic agriculture education opportunities and a directory of student farms around the nation. TYPE OF ON-FARM LEARNING: Academic

Sustainable Agriculture Education and Training Directory On-line clearinghouse of agriculture education academic programs around the nation. https://www.nal.usda.gov/afsic/edtr/sustainable-agriculture-education-directory TYPE OF ON-FARM LEARNING: Academic

Sustainable Farming Internships and Apprenticeships ATTRA – National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service P.O. Box 3657 Fayetteville, AR 72702 https://attra.ncat.org/attra-pub/internships/ This on-line directory of on-the-job learning opportunities in sustainable and organic agriculture in the U.S. (and some in Canada) has been published since 1989 as a tool to help farmers and apprentices connect with each other. The listed farms are primarily seeking interns/apprentices from North America. Farms offering internships or apprenticeships may be found in a registry maintained by ATTRA – National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service, an organization that provides information and resources to the U.S. agriculture community. TYPE OF ON-FARM LEARNING: Farm-based

Stewards of Irreplaceable Land (SOIL) alm@islandnet.com http://www.soilapprenticeships.com/ SOIL is a Canadian organization that acts as a liaison between the farmer willing to take on apprentices and those wishing to work and learn on a farm which uses sustainable practices. TYPE OF ON-FARM LEARNING: Farm-based

VIVA Farms P.O. Box 1714 Mount Vernon, WA 98273 360-969-7191 info@vivafarms.org http://www.vivafarms.org/ The Viva Farms business incubator helps new farmers learn how to farm and experienced farm workers establish their own business while minimizing prohibitive start-up costs.  Includes land parcels between 0.25 – 5 acres for beginning farmers, equipment and infrastructure, bilingual training in both English and Spanish, marketing training, access to capital, and courses and workshops developed by Cultivating Success TMTYPE OF ON-FARM LEARNING: Farm-based

World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms www.wwoof.net On-line directory of WWOOF opportunities throughout the world. WWOOF is a worldwide network that started in the UK in 1971 and has since become an international movement that is helping people share more sustainable ways of living, primarily through agriculture. In return for volunteer help, WWOOF hosts offer food, accommodation and opportunities to learn about organic lifestyles. TYPE OF ON-FARM LEARNING: Farm-based


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