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Apprenticeship Program

18-Month Sustainable Agriculture Apprenticeship Program

Please check back in the late fall for opportunities for 2020. 

Founded in 2003, PFEC is a 350+ member Summer CSA and 160 member Winter CSA, operating in Horsham, Montgomery County, PA.

The Farm Apprenticeship 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 to acquire the necessary skills and experience to pursue a long-term career in organic farming. Apprentices must be comfortable working long hours (approximately 55-60 hrs per week in peak season) in all types of weather. Weekend duties are expected. Candidates must have reliable transportation and a driver’s license.

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. Candidates should be willing to learn and participate in tractor operation.

Apprenticeships begin in March of the first year and finish 18 months later in November of the following year. It is our goal that by experiencing 2 summer seasons and 1 winter season that apprentices will be exposed to all aspects of organic farming and be involved in the decision making that goes into running a successful farm.

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.  

2019 Apprentices

Alexis Adelsberger

Sam Horner

Graduates

  • 2018 - Chelsea Mackie
  • 2017 - Stephanie Jones
  • 2016 - Kirstie Jones
  • 2016 - Ryan Hogan
  • 2015 - Emilyn Fox
  • 2015 - Jenny Moore
  • 2014 - Lauren Sadler 
 

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