MOFGA's Farm Apprenticeship program connects people wanting to learn organic farming with experienced farmers willing to share their expertise. The typical arrangement involves an exchange of labor for room, board, a stipend, and informal, intensive training and experience in farming.
Farm Apprenticeships provide opportunities for training in:
- Organic vegetable, herb, and flower production at many different scales
- Marketing techniques, including direct marketing strategies such as Community Supported Agriculture
- Raising livestock, including cattle, goats, sheep, horses, pigs, and poultry
- Using draft animals for cultivation and woods work
- Homesteading skills, including house-building, food preservation, and alternative energy
- Dairy farming and cheese making with cows, goats, or sheep
- Maple sugaring, orchard pruning, cider pressing, and meat processing
- Seed saving
- Making value-added products with farm resources
- Grass-based and intensive rotational grazing farm systems
These and many other diverse opportunities are available on more than 100 farms throughout Maine.
Information for Prospective Apprentices
Information For Host Farms
In addition to the individual farm experience, MOFGA offers many opportunities throughout the year for apprentice networking and supplemental learning, including the Farm Training Project, and several day-long and multi-day educational events.
Links to other Agricultural Education Resources