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

Shorlette Ammons (See Shorlette's bio)
Community Foods Systems Outreach Coordinator
North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University
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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: Interns examining transplants

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:

Fundamentals of Ag Production

Community Food Systems

Education, Extension and Outreach


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.