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Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association Begin Farming Apprentice Program
, OH

Contact: Kelly Henderson

Phone: 614-421-2022

Email: beginfarming@oeffa.org

Website: http://policy.oeffa.org/apprentice

Last Updated: 10-26-2016

General Description: Opportunities for up to nine apprenticeships are available at two separate farms within this program: (1)Jorgensen Farms, Westerville, Ohio: "Jorgensen Farms is a 65 acre farm located in Plain Township (Franklin County), between Westerville and New Albany, Ohio. The farm has been continuously certified organic since 2002.To protect the environment, including Rocky Fork Creek, which flows through the farm, an organic farming plan is followed. This system protects and improves plant and animal life, soil fertility, water quality and wildlife habitat." (2)Sunbeam Family Farm, Alexandria, Ohio: "Our certified organic vegetable farm is located in Alexandria, Ohio and has been family owned and operated since 2011. Food here is grown the old-fashioned way, with plenty of hard work and sweat on our brow. We take pride in the fact that our efforts to improve soil quality and health are reflected in the flavor and nutrition of the produce we offer. Healthy soil nurtures healthy people!"

Internship Starts: 03-15-2017
Internship Ends: 10-15-2017
Number of Interns: 6
App Deadline: 12-16-2016
Minimum Length of Stay: 4 months but possibly negotiable

Meals: Farms are open to providing farm food to apprentices to take home.

Skills Desired:

Educational Opportunities: In addition to this paid position, apprentices will attend off-farm educational workshops hosted by OEFFA, tour exemplary farms, and connect with other apprentices and early career farmers through robust networking opportunities within the community.Apprentices that complete this program receive a beginner's farm planning course scholarship to help clarify their motivation, vision, strengths, and training needs to begin their own operation.

Stipend: $10/hour

Housing: No housing provided; apprentices can receive help identifying or acquiring housing upon request.

Preferred method Of Contact: Email

Internship Details: The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA) is coordinating a Begin Farming Apprenticeship Program that has openings for up to nine apprentices to work on one of two central Ohio certified organic vegetable farms. The Begin Farming Apprenticeship Program is an in-depth educational program for aspiring farmers to gain the hands-on experience and skills necessary to begin a career in organic agriculture. Apprentices will gain on-farm experience in the daily production practices of a mixed vegetable operation, including experience with equipment and infrastructure. They will also be immersed in farm business management, including organic certification requirements. Apprentices will work with the Begin Farming Program Coordinator and their host farms to develop a personal learning plan, within the scope of the apprenticeship, tailored to their training needs. To enhance the learning experience, apprentices may receive customized reading materials to complete.


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