Fielding the Next Farm Team
About the Apprenticeship Programs
OEFFA coordinates two apprenticeship programs for early career farmers with some farm experience to gain the hands-on experience and skills necessary to consider a career in organic and sustainable agriculture. Ideal candidates should have a strong commitment and desire to start a farming operation of their own.
Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship
In 2019, OEFFA will begin facilitating the Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship (DGA) in Ohio. This two-year apprenticeship matches farmers with master graziers for 4,000 hours of training including 3,700 hours of on-farm experience and 300 hours of related formal course instruction and peer networking.
The Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship is federally-recognized, can accept Veteran’s benefits, and is an approved vendor for the USDA Farm Services Agency’s Financial Management Training Program.
Produce Farm Manager Apprenticeship
The Produce Farm Manager (PFM) Apprenticeship is a professional, hands-on training program that provides a thorough, well-rounded education resulting in mastery of organic produce farm management skills. Apprenticeship graduates will be fully prepared for employment as a farm manager or to begin their own produce farm.
The apprenticeship includes 2,500 hours of on-the-job paid training working closely with a host farmer, combined with 144 hours of related instruction and 20 hours of group education.