Apprenticeship Program

18-Month Apprentice Program

Applications for Spring 2018 are open. Please email below.

Pennypack Farm & Education Center (PFEC) is now accepting applications for its 18-Month Apprentice Program.  Founded in 2003, PFEC is a 350+ member Summer CSA and 160 member Winter CSA, operating in Eastern Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.

The Apprentice Program is designed to provide the necessary training to those wishing to pursue organic/sustainable farming as a livelihood.  

Ideal candidates have at least one season of farming experience and have the desire and aspiration to acquire the necessary skills and experience to advance to the “journeyperson” level, where they would be capable of running their own operation or managing another farm. Candidates must be comfortable working long hours in all types of weather. Some weekend duties are expected.

We have designed our program to incorporate all aspects of a farming operation from crop planning, planting, growing and harvesting crops to selling and marketing to business planning.

Apprentices typically begin first season in the early Spring so they can experience the full “Summer” season and all the preparations that precede it. Depending upon the exact start date, the first year of the program ends in November. The second year begins in November or early spring and runs until the following November. This second year includes working with the winter growing program and learning marketing, supervising and other managerial, leadership and business aspects.

In following with the training goals, Apprentices participate in all aspects of the farming operation and learn the necessary farming skills both through classroom instruction and on-farm training. Candidates must be willing to learn tractor operation.

Compensation for Apprentices includes a monthly stipend, seasonal produce as well as on-the-job training and educational courses that take place on- and off-site through our partner organizations.  

If you are interested in learning more about PFEC’s Apprentice Program, please send an email of interest and a copy of your resume along with a writing sample addressing the following questions to Diane Diffenderfer at diane@pennypackfarm.org. Please title the document with your first and last name and include the following information:

Your name, your local address

1.  Why has sustainable agriculture piqued your interest?
2.  What attracted you to Pennypack Farm’s apprenticeship?
3.  We offer internships that are primarily farming oriented; however, interns may also have some exposure to children’s education, farmers’ markets, and non-profit  marketing/development and administration.  If you are interested in either farm-based education or non-profits, please let us know.
4.  Tell us about any relevant experience.
5.  There are many visitors and children on the farm most of the summer.  Would you describe yourself as a “people person”? Why or why not?
6.  How do you think spending a summer at Pennypack Farm will affect your future?
7.  Anything more we should know about you?

 

Overview

Our apprenticeship program is designed to provide the necessary training to those wishing to pursue organic/sustainable farming as a livelihood or career. Ideal candidates have at least one season of farming experience and have the desire and aspiration to acquire the necessary skills and experience to advance to the “journeyperson” level, where they would be capable of running their own operation or managing another farm.
 
We have designed our program to incorporate all aspects of a farming operation from growing and harvesting crops to selling and marketing to business planning and administration.

Apprentices typically begin first season in the early spring so they can experience the full “summer” season and all the preparations that precede it. Depending upon the exact start date, the first year of the program ends in November. The second year begins in November or early spring and runs until the following November. This second year includes working with the winter growing program and learning marketing, supervising and other managerial, leadership and business aspects.

In following with the training goals, apprentices participate in all aspects of the farming operation and learn the necessary farming skills both through classroom instruction and on the job training.

Compensation for the apprentices includes a monthly stipend, seasonal produce as well as on-the-job training and educational courses that take place on- and off-site through our partner organizations.  

2017 Apprentices

Chelsea Mackie

Graduates

2017 - Stephanie Jones

2016 - Kirstie Jones
 
 
 
 
 
 

2016 - Ryan Hogan
 
 
 

2015 - Emilyn Fox

 

2015 - Jenny Moore

 

2014 - Lauren Sadler 

 
 

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