Pennsylvania Approves Formal Apprenticeship Program for Farmers

PASA Sustainable Agriculture announced that the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry has approved its Diversified Vegetable Apprenticeship as the first formal apprenticeship program for farmers in the state. The Diversified Vegetable Apprenticeship provides a guided pathway for training aspiring vegetable farmers to manage or start a farm, while also meeting the employment needs of established farms. The curriculum trains apprentices in core competencies from soil fertility and irrigation to marketing and business administration. Apprentices receive more than 2,700 hours of on-the-job training at an established farm and complete more than 200 hours of related technical instruction over the course of two seasons. Under the terms of the program, the apprentices are paid an hourly wage that increases as they advance their skills.