Learn to manage a sustainable vegetable farm, or train the next generation.

Our Diversified Vegetable Apprenticeship (DVA) is a new formal apprenticeship program in Pennsylvania that pairs beginning farmers with master growers to provide a guided pathway toward managing or starting a vegetable farm. DVA operates in Pennsylvania and surrounding areas.

This 18-month experience combines paid, on-the-job training with more than 100 hours of related instruction on:

  • Crop planning
  • Financial planning
  • Propagation
  • Tillage and field preparation
  • Soil health management
  • Irrigation
  • Weed, pest, and disease control
  • Harvesting
  • Post-harvest handling
  • Marketing
  • Compliance and risk management
  • Personnel management
  • Sales outlets
  • Equipment maintenance
  • And more!

Why become an apprentice?

  • Get paid for your work—earn while you learn.
  • Gain knowledge and experience within a structured program of support under the guidance of an experienced farmer.
  • Develop skills that will prepare you for positions in management, partnerships, and farm ownership.
  • Enter a rewarding career in sustainable agriculture.

Why become a master grower?

  • Access a regional pool of pre-qualified, motivated apprentices.
  • Share your knowledge and skills within a structured program for mentoring a next-generation vegetable farmer.
  • Cultivate a skilled employee who is prepared for positions in management, partnerships, and farm ownership.
  • Make a difference in your own operation as well as in the life of an individual or family who is ready to own or manage a vegetable farm.