All positions for our 2017 Apprenticeship Program have been filled. Please apply at the beginning of October for the 2018 season.
Amber Waves Farm began our Apprenticeship Program in 2012. Since then, we have trained 21 new farmers, many of whom remain actively involved in food and agriculture locally and around the world. Our goal is to grow new farmers and informed eaters through hands-on training, mentorship and additional educational opportunities. We are wholly committed to training new farmers in order to strengthen our national food system and security and to providing careers for talented young people eager to enter the field of agriculture.
Our Apprenticeship Program trains new farmers in the art of organic agriculture over a season-long, hands-on work experience. Over several seasons of working with apprentices, we have developed an intensive Apprenticeship Program Curriculum, which is a thorough informational resource for farm apprentices to study throughout the course of the season. The curriculum covers more than 20 key topics ranging from soil science to whole farm planning, each of which is integral to understanding a small, diversified farm operation.
Season after season, our energetic and driven crew is the lifeblood of daily life at the farm, and it has been exciting and rewarding for us to act as mentors to the next generation of American farmers. We believe that these beginning farmers are the most important crop we grow at our farm. We are especially excited about working with young people who are interested in careers in food and farming since our careers in agriculture began through an apprenticeship program at nearby Quail Hill Farm, one of the first Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farms in New York State.