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2014 Small Farm Unit Apprenticeships
Local Food Development Certification Program offered by the Center for Environmental Farming Systems at the Small Farm Unit (SFU)
The CEFS Apprenticeship is a work and study program in which apprentices learn various aspects of sustainable agriculture. This work and study experience focuses on three key areas:
The SFU has become an integral part of the Goldsboro community through program partnerships. Apprentices will play a major role in continuing to develop these community connections by participation in ag literacy opportunities such as our Discover Ag program and in outreach to the Goldsboro community through the Wayne Food Initiative partnership, community gardens, a CSA donated to underserved families, and farmers markets.
Apprentices will work closely with the Small Farm Unit Manager Marisa Benzle, Research Specialist Evan Taylor and the Community Food Systems Outreach Coordinator Shorlette Ammons as well as the local Wayne County Cooperative Extension Center and the Wayne County community to develop expertise in the above focus areas. The Small Farm Unit Apprenticeship program seeks to offer a diverse experience that will allow learners to engage in a broad, hands-on learning adventure!
Apprentices will engage in the following learning topics:
- Experience a Fall and winter season (September-February) with hands on experience working in the Small Farm’s five high tunnels, green house home food production and the production of transplants for the following spring
- Participate in planning for the spring and summer seasons to serve our CSA and charitable organizations
- Organic production certification and GAP food safety standards
- Animal integration
- The upkeep and care of small fruits
- Opportunity to work in the animal units at CEFS including milking, calving, goat maintenance, and assistance in the hog unit
- Soil science, integrated pest and weed management
- Issues of sustainability will be highlighted throughout
- Hands-on involvement with University based field research conducted at the Small Farm Unit and other units
- Community development and engagement
- Food security
- Youth and community programming
- Assist communities to understand their resources, their choices and their partners
- Assist with the elementary school level Discover Ag youth program
- Assist with the many visitor tours at CEFS and the Small Farm Unit
- Participate in and assist with educational programs at the Small Farm Unit and on other CEFS units including the CEFS Seasons of Sustainable Agriculture (SOSA)
- Develop SFU news updates and monthly blogs
- Assist with the development of the Small Farm’s Apprentice learning curriculum.
A limited number of apprenticeships are available.
We offer a small stipend ($100/week), housing with access to a kitchen, and the Internet. Apprentices may attend CEFS workshops free of charge. Upon completion of the program, a Certificate of Achievement will be presented and recorded in our files.