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Where to Get Hands-on Experience

Farming Opportunities

Are you looking for a farm internship, apprenticeship or job? Looking for venues to post an opportunity? We’ve compiled an extensive national list for you!

Internships, Apprenticeships, Farm Management Jobs

  • ATTRA Internship Database
  • Sustainable Food Jobs
  • New Entry Sustainable Farming Project’s Employment Directory and Map
  • Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA) Classifieds
  • Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA) – in NY, CT, Mass, VT, RI, NH, and the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Assoc.
    • NOFA-NY Farm Apprenticeship Posting
    • NOFA-VT Apprentice and Farm Worker Program
  • University of Vermont Farm, Land, Business, and Employment Opportunities
  • Rodale Institute Classifieds
  • Greenhorns Blog (has job opps interspersed with other interesting news items)
  • Cornell Small Farms Bi-Monthly Update – This online newsletter reaches 6000 new and experienced farmers in New York and across the Northeast.  Sign up to receive the SF Update here.
  • UMass Amherst Landscape/Gardening/Nursery jobs and internships
  • Craigslist – The “Job Opportunities” section of your local Craigslist offers a place to search for local hired help or temporary workers
  • National Young Farmers Coalition website offers jobs across the country.  Search by region!

Experiential Training & Certificate Programs

  • Beginning Farmers website provides a comprehensive  listing of beginning farmer training programs including college/university programs, farm-based programs, urban farming programs, and online certificate programs.
  • Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training (CRAFT) provides farmer-to-farmer learning and access to the social network and culture of local farmers – multiple regions
  • Groundswell Center for Local Food & Farming (Ithaca, NY) offers short courses and a 100-hour Sustainable Farming Certificate Program.
  • Maine Organic Farmers and Gardners Association (MOFGA) has a farm apprentice program that connects people wanting to learn organic farming with experienced farmers willing to share their expertise.
  • The University of Vermont offers a 6-month intensive farmer training program for aspiring farmers and food systems advocates that provides a hands-on, skill-based education in sustainable agriculture.
  • UMASS Amherst Continuing and Professional Education has a 15-credit, 5-course certificate in sustainable food and farming – open to all students with a GED or high school diploma
  • The Farm School has a year-long, residential, licensed program that provides practical training in forestry, animal husbandry, carpentry, mechanics, business planning, marketing and organic vegetable production.
  • Better Farm is a sustainability campus, artist colony and organic farm in Redwood NY in which Sustainability Education students receive a hands-on immersive, introductory crash-course in
    sustainability initiatives.

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