With collaboration from UW Extension and the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, FairShare staff and farmers have been part of creating a new Organic Vegetable Farm Manager Apprenticeship. The first state-accredited apprenticeship program for organic vegetable farming in the United States, the program will educate farmworkers for
careers in organic agriculture. It is designed to provide an accessible and holistic training program that assists farmers in developing skilled workers on their farms.
The Organic Vegetable Farm Manager Apprenticeship provides a long-term training opportunity that combines hands-on field work (90% of the program) with coursework delivered through the WI Technical College System (10% of the program.) The two-season training allows apprentices to grow into managerial roles that are not only satisfying for the apprentices but also highly beneficial to the farmers who train them.
To learn more and find out how you can be involved as a farmer-educator or an apprentice, contact Claire Strader: firstname.lastname@example.org or join us at the Apprenticeship Kick Off Event on Wednesday, August 29th from 3:00 to 5:00 pm at Fazenda Boa Terra in Spring Green, WI. View the official launch packet here.