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Company Name Amanda Harris (view profile)
Location Talcott, West Virginia
Date Posted December 7, 2017
Category A Farm/Business Posting A Job
Job Type Apprentice: More than 4 month time commitment. Farmer will teach the farming trade.
Type of farm? Diverse (Animals/Plants)
Compensation $9 per hour; 20 hours per week.
Housing Available No
Meals Provided No
Location Specifics The nearest towns to Sprouting Farms are Hinton, a mid-size town along the New River, and Alderson, a small town along the Greenbrier River. Both are rural communities with agriculture economies and are approximately a 20-minute drive from the farm. If you prefer a livelier in-town feel, Lewisburg, a mid- size town, is approximately 35 minutes from the farm and offers a small-town coffee, restaurant, and shopping atmosphere.
Application Process We are now accepting applications for 2018 Apprenticeship, scheduled to begin March 1, 2018 and conclude October 31, 2018. Applications are due no later than February 1, 2018, but encouraged sooner. Applicants will be contacted for an interview on a rolling basis until the program is filled. Please consider your experience thoughtfully. All applicants are expected to: Demonstrate considerable farming experience; Share an interest in sustainable production techniques; Formulate a farm or agricultural business idea or concept; Be a respectful and engaged part of the farm team; Work cooperatively and respect other land users on site. If you think this program is a good fit for you, please submit the attached application to our Education Coordinator, Amanda Harris, (Amanda@sproutingfarms.org ) no later than February 1, 2018. We look forward to hearing from you!
Food Provided We do not provide meals to apprentices, but there are regular opportunities to glean from farm production.
Expectations We want you to be prepared for the rigorous nature of the Sprouting Farms Apprenticeship. While you are learning, you will be working several days each week at the Sprouting Farms production farm and / or mentor farm sites in the area. Farming can be very tedious and repetitive. There is no doubt you will question the educational value of your experience from time to time. You can expect to be challenged physically and mentally. However, with the support and leadership of mentor farmers and Sprouting Farms staff, you can expect to learn valuable farm and business skills to help you develop and launch your own agricultural enterprise. Apprentices will participate in pre-and post-evaluations with the Education Coordinator in the first and last month of the apprenticeship. These evaluations are useful tools for identifying gaps in your own skills and knowledge, and for tracking your progress. The Education Coordinator will also facilitate evaluations and feedback sessions for the apprentice and mentor farmers to ensure learning and farm skill development goals are being met. In the final weeks of the program, you will be asked to present your business plan to a diverse audience of farmers, mentors, and agriculture enthusiasts in the region. Apprentices may present in a format that fits their learning style with approval from the Education Coordinator. Post-apprenticeship, you are asked to participate in an exit interview and fill out an end of season program questionnaire to help us evaluate and improve the apprenticeship program.
Positions Available 5
Education Potential The Sprouting Farms Apprenticeship is designed for individuals with a solid foundation of farm knowledge and skills; those who are looking to deepen their experience managing a successful farm business; and those with a goal of running their own farm enterprise. The majority of the apprenticeship will be focused on experiential learning, or learning by doing. Apprentices will be asked to apply diverse agriculture theories and practices, collect and analyze data, and use their findings to adapt and strengthen their final business plan. Business development courses are at the heart of the apprentice experience. We want to support you as you develop your farming enterprise. A six-module farm business course is taught by Dee Singh-Knights, an Agricultural Economics Specialist with WVU Extension, where you will learn to prepare enterprise budgets, evaluate market demand, and develop a five-page business plan. This course will be supplemented by workshops and presentations covering topics such as risk management, accounting, finance, access to capital for farmers, risk management and insurance, marketing and outreach. Production courses in the form of classroom time is intended to augment your on-the-job training. You are expected to attend a carefully designed series of classes facilitated by WVU Extension Services, WVSU Extension Services, Natural Resource Conservation Service, Sprouting Farms staff, and other agricultural service agencies from around the region. Topics may include: soil fertility and integrated pest management; farm and production planning; succession planning, food safety and post-harvest handling; tractor and equipment safety and use; farm carpentry and building infrastructure; and the list goes on. Apprentices will submit learning goals and a skills map at the beginning of the apprenticeship to be used as a guide for your experience. The Education Coordinator will review these documents alongside you and your cohort, and identify and connect you to experienced farmers and business owners in the area who can support your learning goals. This is a space to explore niche crops and specialty production techniques that you may not otherwise see listed in the syllabus.
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Position Description The Sprouting Farms Apprenticeship is designed for individuals with a solid foundation of farm knowledge and skills; those who are looking to deepen their experience managing a successful farm business; and those with a goal of running their own farm enterprise. The majority of the apprenticeship will be focused on experiential learning, or learning by doing. Apprentices will be asked to apply diverse agriculture theories and practices, collect and analyze data, and use their findings to adapt and strengthen their final business plan. The Apprenticeship is best understood when broken down into its three components: Paid β€œon-the-job training.” Related coursework. Agriculture enterprise development. The Apprenticeship will run for a full farm season, between March 1, 2018 and October 31, 2018. You will complete 600 hours of paid on-the-job training over the course of the eight months, and spend another 200 classroom hours on related coursework and business development.
Work Schedule 20 hours/week; eight months.
Description Sprouting Farms Appalachian Croft and Training Center is a four-season non-profit farm and education and resource center located in Summers County WV. We believe that long-lasting impact is created by training new farmers in quality and sustainable production techniques, and by providing shared resources and educational opportunities to the whole farm community. Our programs provide farmers with sound business management and production skills, hands-on apprenticeship and mentorship, and the land and resources necessary to launch and refine their farm businesses. Located on a working wholesale production farm, the program offers a practical learning environment and a chance to be part of an active farming community. The Sprouting Farms Apprenticeship is an advanced farm business training program designed to prepare students for the realities of owning, operating, and / or managing an agricultural business. We offer new and beginning farmers a supportive and intensive learning experience focused on economic, environmental and social sustainability. Apprentices matriculating into their second year can apply to the Sprouting Farms incubator farm where they can access land, resources, and guidance as they launch their agricultural business.

Description

Type of farm?

Diverse (Animals/Plants)

Compensation

$9 per hour; 20 hours per week.

Housing Available

No

Meals Provided

No

Location Specifics

The nearest towns to Sprouting Farms are Hinton, a mid-size town along the New River, and Alderson, a small town along the Greenbrier River. Both are rural communities with agriculture economies and are approximately a 20-minute drive from the farm. If you prefer a livelier in-town feel, Lewisburg, a mid- size town, is approximately 35 minutes from the farm and offers a small-town coffee, restaurant, and shopping atmosphere.

Application Process

We are now accepting applications for 2018 Apprenticeship, scheduled to begin March 1, 2018 and conclude October 31, 2018. Applications are due no later than February 1, 2018, but encouraged sooner. Applicants will be contacted for an interview on a rolling basis until the program is filled.

Please consider your experience thoughtfully. All applicants are expected to:
Demonstrate considerable farming experience;
Share an interest in sustainable production techniques;
Formulate a farm or agricultural business idea or concept;
Be a respectful and engaged part of the farm team;
Work cooperatively and respect other land users on site.

If you think this program is a good fit for you, please submit the attached application to our Education Coordinator, Amanda Harris, (Amanda@sproutingfarms.org ) no later than February 1, 2018. We look forward to hearing from you!

Food Provided

We do not provide meals to apprentices, but there are regular opportunities to glean from farm production.

Expectations

We want you to be prepared for the rigorous nature of the Sprouting Farms Apprenticeship. While you are learning, you will be working several days each week at the Sprouting Farms production farm and / or mentor farm sites in the area. Farming can be very tedious and repetitive. There is no doubt you will question the educational value of your experience from time to time. You can expect to be challenged physically and mentally. However, with the support and leadership of mentor farmers and Sprouting Farms staff, you can expect to learn valuable farm and business skills to help you develop and launch your own agricultural enterprise.

Apprentices will participate in pre-and post-evaluations with the Education Coordinator in the first and last month of the apprenticeship. These evaluations are useful tools for identifying gaps in your own skills and knowledge, and for tracking your progress. The Education Coordinator will also facilitate evaluations and feedback sessions for the apprentice and mentor farmers to ensure learning and farm skill development goals are being met. In the final weeks of the program, you will be asked to present your business plan to a diverse audience of farmers, mentors, and agriculture enthusiasts in the region. Apprentices may present in a format that fits their learning style with approval from the Education Coordinator.

Post-apprenticeship, you are asked to participate in an exit interview and fill out an end of season program questionnaire to help us evaluate and improve the apprenticeship program.

Positions Available

5

Education Potential

The Sprouting Farms Apprenticeship is designed for individuals with a solid foundation of farm knowledge and skills; those who are looking to deepen their experience managing a successful farm business; and those with a goal of running their own farm enterprise. The majority of the apprenticeship will be focused on experiential learning, or learning by doing. Apprentices will be asked to apply diverse agriculture theories and practices, collect and analyze data, and use their findings to adapt and strengthen their final business plan.

Business development courses are at the heart of the apprentice experience. We want to support you as you develop your farming enterprise. A six-module farm business course is taught by Dee Singh-Knights, an Agricultural Economics Specialist with WVU Extension, where you will learn to prepare enterprise budgets, evaluate market demand, and develop a five-page business plan. This course will be supplemented by workshops and presentations covering topics such as risk management, accounting, finance, access to capital for farmers, risk management and insurance, marketing and outreach.

Production courses in the form of classroom time is intended to augment your on-the-job training. You are expected to attend a carefully designed series of classes facilitated by WVU Extension Services, WVSU Extension Services, Natural Resource Conservation Service, Sprouting Farms staff, and other agricultural service agencies from around the region. Topics may include: soil fertility and integrated pest management; farm and production planning; succession planning, food safety and post-harvest handling; tractor and equipment safety and use; farm carpentry and building infrastructure; and the list goes on.

Apprentices will submit learning goals and a skills map at the beginning of the apprenticeship to be used as a guide for your experience. The Education Coordinator will review these documents alongside you and your cohort, and identify and connect you to experienced farmers and business owners in the area who can support your learning goals. This is a space to explore niche crops and specialty production techniques that you may not otherwise see listed in the syllabus.

Tag Words

Bees

Position Description

The Sprouting Farms Apprenticeship is designed for individuals with a solid foundation of farm knowledge and skills; those who are looking to deepen their experience managing a successful farm business; and those with a goal of running their own farm enterprise. The majority of the apprenticeship will be focused on experiential learning, or learning by doing. Apprentices will be asked to apply diverse agriculture theories and practices, collect and analyze data, and use their findings to adapt and strengthen their final business plan.

The Apprenticeship is best understood when broken down into its three components:
Paid β€œon-the-job training.”
Related coursework.
Agriculture enterprise development.

The Apprenticeship will run for a full farm season, between March 1, 2018 and October 31, 2018. You will complete 600 hours of paid on-the-job training over the course of the eight months, and spend another 200 classroom hours on related coursework and business development.

Work Schedule

20 hours/week; eight months.

Description

Sprouting Farms Appalachian Croft and Training Center is a four-season non-profit farm and education and resource center located in Summers County WV. We believe that long-lasting impact is created by training new farmers in quality and sustainable production techniques, and by providing shared resources and educational opportunities to the whole farm community.

Our programs provide farmers with sound business management and production skills, hands-on apprenticeship and mentorship, and the land and resources necessary to launch and refine their farm businesses. Located on a working wholesale production farm, the program offers a practical learning environment and a chance to be part of an active farming community.

The Sprouting Farms Apprenticeship is an advanced farm business training program designed to prepare students for the realities of owning, operating, and / or managing an agricultural business. We offer new and beginning farmers a supportive and intensive learning experience focused on economic, environmental and social sustainability. Apprentices matriculating into their second year can apply to the Sprouting Farms incubator farm where they can access land, resources, and guidance as they launch their agricultural business.
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