The Sustainable Agriculture Program at MSU Tollgate Farm and Education Center is looking for apprentices for the 2019 season. This is a full time, 40 hour/week job spanning mid-May until mid-October. The apprenticeship is an intensive introduction into the field of small scale vegetable agriculture, equipping participants with the technical skills needed to begin their own operation. Apprentices will be responsible for the operation of the farm, including planting, weeding, harvesting, processing and customer interaction. Produce is marketed to 120+ CSA members, farm stand and restaurant. At the end of the season, the apprentices will have an excellent handle on the operation of the farm.

As part of the program, apprentices will engage with textual and online material. These more formal learning opportunities will connect the hands on technical training to larger concepts necessary to understand the operation of a farm. Topics covered in the apprenticeship include:

Crop and soil science
Financial literacy
Organic crop management
Business management and marketing
Organic pest and disease control
Operational management

Apprentices will also have the opportunity to visit other organizations that are involved in the local, sustainable food movement, including farms, processing facilities and other relevant businesses. Apprentices will also occasionally assist and interact with other educational programs on site. Pay is $10/hour.

For more information and application details please visit:

Will Jaquinde
Sustainable Agriculture Instructor, MSU Tollgate Farm and Education Center
Innovation Counselor, MSU Product Center
Michigan State University Extension
(248) 347-3860 X208

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