Spend the growing season on one of four local farms

Scratch Farm staff Jordan Goldsmith, Ben Torpey and John McGarry, with 2017 apprentice David Kuma.

Apprentices train full-time at one of four host farms: City Farm, Foggy Notion Farm, Pat’s Pastured and Sidewalk Ends Farm. The apprentice program combines in-depth farm skills from farm mentors with tours, classes and network-building opportunities. As an apprentice you will complete the program with not only technical skills, but a broader understanding of farm conditions and connections to resources needed to begin a farming career.

Apprentices also participate in SCLT’s beginning farmer training program. You will develop an education plan with your host farmer that includes:

  • attending three SCLT workshops (e.g., Advanced Marketing, Establishing Your Farm, and Livestock workshops)
  • participating in three farm tours through the Young Famer Night or NOFA/RI CRAFT Workshops

Tours provide a broader understanding of farming situations beyond the unique circumstances of each host farm.

As an apprentice you will make connections with important agencies and businesses to grow your network in the farming community, including meeting USDA staff and extension specialists.

The on-farm program is six months long, from approximately April through September. (The specific schedule is set by the host farmer.) Some of the required workshops will begin in March. Apprentices are paid a monthly stipend.

For the latest information about our Farm Apprenticeship program, please contact Laura at 401-273-9419, ext. 105, or e-mail her at laura@southsideclt.org