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Marisa Benzle (See Marisa's bio)
Small Farm Unit Manager
North Carolina State University

Melissa Bell
CEFS Research Technician
North Carolina State University

Dr. Noah Ranells
Small Farm Unit Coordinator
North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University
Cooperative Extension Program

2015 Small Farm Unit Apprenticeships

The Center for Environmental Farming Systems’ SFU Apprenticeship is a hands-on work and study program that trains participants in all aspects of sustainable agriculture production.


ApprenticesThe purpose of the SFU apprenticeship is to:


Fundamentals of Sustainable Agriculture Production
The majority of the apprentices’ work will take place on the Small Farm Unit demonstration farm.  Working alongside expert CEFS faculty and staff, apprentices experience a full production year from February to November.

Activities include:

Apprentices will work closely with Small Farm Unit Manager Marisa Benzle, Research Technician Melissa Bell and the Community-Based Food Systems Outreach Coordinator Shorlette Ammons.


Community-Based Food Systems, Education, and Outreach
The SFU Apprenticeship is unique in that it includes a community-based food systems, outreach and education component that examines social and equity issues in agriculture.  Apprentices work collaboratively with the Goldsboro community through program partnerships in the following areas:


Additional Learning Opportunities

Based on their goals, apprentices will be required to develop a self-driven project that focuses on a production, community-based food systems, or research topic.


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.