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North Carolina Growing Together (NCGT), an initiative of the Center for Environmental Farming Systems, is proud to announce the Summer 2015 Local Food Supply Chain Apprenticeship. Through an exciting 8 week program, apprentices will have the opportunity to work with a local food hub, a businesses, or an organization that works with local food while gaining critical training and professional development related to local food systems and value chains work.

Apprentices will dedicate 40 hours per week for an 8 week period with one of the six mentoring organizations. Each organization is looking for specific skills but overall, apprentices should have an interest in local food systems and agriculture and have some experience in agriculture, business, or related fields.

NCGT is a 5-year (2013-2017) USDA-funded project. It aims to bring more locally-produced foods into mainstream retail and wholesale markets, strengthening the economics of small to mid-sized farm and fishing operations and their communities ( One of the main activities is to work on the intermediary steps in the supply chain, including aggregation, processing, and distribution, in order to understand and remove barriers that may prevent local foods from entering large-scale markets. Apprentices will work to carry out this mission by working with their mentorship organizations.

More information can be found on the NC Growing Together website.


Click here to read the descriptions for 2015 apprenticeships at Lowes Foods (Winston-Salem), Feast Down East (Wilmington), TRACTOR (Burnsville), Firsthand Foods (Durham), NC Choices (Raleigh), and Cumberland County Cooperative Extension (Fayetteville).


To apply, please go to A cover letter, resume, and two letters of recommendation with one coming from a former employer are required to be considered for these positions.  Applications are due February 20, 2015.


Graham Givens,