18-Month Sustainable Agriculture Apprenticeship Program
We are now accepting applications for apprenticeship for 2020-2021 term. See below for application instructions.
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 stipend that starts at $1,550 per month which increases in the second year, seasonal produce, as well as on-the-job training and educational courses that take place on- and off-site through our partner organizations.
Please send an email with your resume and a cover letter to Kirstie Jones, Farm Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please title the document with your first and last name and include your mailing address and answers to the following questions:
- Why has sustainable agriculture piqued your interest?
- What attracted you to Pennypack Farm’s apprenticeship?
- Tell us about any relevant experience.
- 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?
- How do you think spending 18 months at Pennypack Farm will affect your future?
- Anything more we should know about you?
- 2019 - Alexis Adelsberger
- 2018 - Chelsea Mackie
- 2017 - Stephanie Jones
- 2016 - Kirstie Jones
- 2016 - Ryan Hogan
- 2015 - Emilyn Fox
- 2015 - Jenny Moore
- 2014 - Lauren Sadler