If you’re interested in farming as a career, a formal apprenticeship program will provide you with a guided path to help you fulfill your vegetable farming aspirations. We’ll help pair you with a qualified master grower who will work to comprehensively train you in the art and science of vegetable production and farm business management, while you work to support the master grower’s labor needs as you train. You’ll graduate from your apprenticeship with the skills necessary to pursue becoming a farm manager or to start your own farm.
You’ll complete 2,784 hours of on-the-job training alongside a master grower over the course of 18 months on a working farm with a proven track record. PASA staff will regularly meet with you to ensure you’re on track to successfully complete the apprenticeship program, and to provide you with additional support as needed.
Through your training, you’ll gain experience in these 15 core competency areas for vegetable farming:
Train on a farm that aligns with your farming aspirations & interests
You’ll complete 216 hours of related technical instruction (RTI) on topics best learned off farm or that require more advanced training. Your RTI may include attending workshops, field days, conferences, farm tours, formal classes, and farmer networking opportunities. Areas of RTI include:
Your apprenticeship is paid. Plus, you’ll receive a scheduled raise every six months, with demonstrated progress on your training objectives.
Farming is hard work. You should expect that your experience will be physically and intellectually challenging. You should anticipate that you will:
To become an apprentice, you must demonstrate a sincere interest in farming as a career. This may include, but is not limited to, having:
You also must:
“I really enjoy that every day is different, and that I’m learning something new every day. I enjoy seeing everything come together for the beautiful CSA shares, and the members’ reactions when they see their shares. I also love seeing the farm transition from empty beds, to small transplants, to larger plants, and then getting to harvest the beautiful crops, and knowing I helped make that happen!”
—Jess Hermanofski, Apprentice