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:
Tillage and field preparation
Soil health management
Weed, pest, and disease control
Compliance and risk management
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.
Interested in applying to become an apprentice or master grower?