The CRAFT Program, a Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training, is a structured program for seasoned apprentices run by the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFA-VT).
This year the Rutland Area Farm & Food Link is working with NOFA-VT on the Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training (C.R.A.F.T.) Program. A number of farms in and around Rutland County will be hosting apprentices who will be receiving training through the CRAFT program this summer.
Participating in a farm apprenticeship through the CRAFT program will give you access to 4-5 workshops just for CRAFT apprentices and a great support network of aspiring and beginning farmers.
The CRAFT program is a great way to get your shoe in the door for the NOFA-VT Journey Farmer Program.
We will be matching up farms with apprentices soon. We’ll have some dairy farms, livestock farms and diversified veggie farms participating.
Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in participating!
Duties may include planting, watering, weeding, harvesting, washing and selling organic produce as well as delivering produce to our CSA locations. Therefore a valid license is required.
Additionally, we have dairy goats, chickens and are bringing in some sheep so some animal care will be expected including feeding and watering as well as collecting and cleaning eggs, milking dairy animals and of course keeping barns in order.
We can supply employee housing and and are willing to train. Pay scale to be determined.
Applicants must be hardworking and willing to flexible as far as scheduling goes.
Our website is going to be updated this week but some general information can be seen at sweetgeorgiap.com
[note: this farm has just recently moved from Massachusetts to Pittsfield, VT]
GMC’s 13-week, 14-credit Summer Farm ‘Field & Table’ Intensive Semester is an option that is available and open to any interested prospective new farmer, as long as they are a high school graduate, who may want to gain up to 14 college credits at our own Cerridwen Farm (room and board included with tuition).
Openings for summer semester are available, and more information and the application is here:
GMC Field & Table Intensive Summer Term: May 20 – August 16, 2013
Mid-Term Break: July 4-7
The summer intensive program will directly involve students in managing all elements of the farm’s operations while simultaneously providing them with a strong curricular foundation in sustainable agriculture focused on three core areas: the fundamentals of organic crop and animal management; efficient integration and management of highly-diverse farm systems; and intensive development of food production management skills.
Additionally, students will be able to experience, investigate, and evaluate first-hand the alternative and sustainable local food system (also known as the “foodshed”) of theRutland County VT during the peak agricultural production and marketing season. This will occur through qualitative research (including interviews with guest food system participants such as farmers, chefs/cooks, food distributors, farmers’ market coordinators) and field site visits to other local farms, markets, restaurants, value-added processors.
Students will be able to study, literally hands-on, their food supply from field to fork. This will entail cultivation, selection, harvest, and preparation of seasonal produce; dairy animal care, hand-milking and cheese making; and even poultry processing from living animal to stewpot. They will design and prepare menus and meals that they will be eating each week, using their own farm’s produce and sourcing non-Cerridwen Farm ingredients. The skills and knowledge students acquire will enable them, either as practitioners or advocates, to wrestle with the problems of modern agriculture and to be part of the growing food revolution that seeks to address these problems.