From Backyard Chickens to Grazing Cattle

Second-year apprentice Jessica Matthews shares her journey into dairy grazing. Jessica is participating in Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship, a federally registered apprenticeship that PASA administers in Pennsylvania and nearby areas.  I had four day-old chicks nestled under a warm lamp in the spare room. This was my first small foray into animal husbandry, and I hadn’t […]

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Pennsylvania Registers Its First Formal Apprenticeship for Farmers

The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry approved our Diversified Vegetable Apprenticeship on March 14th, making it the first formal apprenticeship program for farmers in the state. We developed Diversified Vegetable Apprenticeship to provide a guided pathway for training aspiring vegetable farmers to manage or start a farm while also meeting the employment needs of […]

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A Formal Apprenticeship for Vegetable Farmers… at Last!

We here at PASA are developing the first formal apprenticeship in our region for vegetable farmers: Diversified Vegetable Apprenticeship. The program launches this fall, when we’ll begin accepting applications for the 2019 season. Formal apprenticeships are training programs for an occupation that are registered with either the state or federal government. Through on-the-job training and […]

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Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship: Q&A with Gay Rodgers & Jess Matthews

We asked Master Grazier Gay Rodgers and Apprentice Jess Matthews from Hameau Farm in Belleville, PA about their experience participating in Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship. Learn more about this farmer training program and how you can get involved here.  Master grazier: Gay Rodgers, Hameau Farm Why did you choose to become a master grazier? I like sharing what I […]

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