Paid On-the-Job Training with Practical Farmers of Iowa

The Practical Farmers of Iowa offers beginning farmers in need of on-farm experience and mentorship the opportunity to apply to work on an experienced “PFI Trainer” farm in Iowa. The 10 “Trainer” farms are located across Iowa and represent a range of diverse crop and livestock enterprises.

Trainees will also receive:

  • On-the-job training earning at least $8/hour
  • 1-2 hours of each week discussing financial and business details with the trainer  (i.e. how the farm is financed, how to generate a profit)
  • Paid time off to attend a PFI event
  • PFI Annual Conference 2014 discount and free homestay lodging during the conference with a PFI member
  • A special “Spring Training” Farminar Series in April 2013 to connect with other “PFI Trainees”

To review the “Trainer” farms, click here. Apply directly using the information on the website by February 15th.

Learn to Farm at The Farm School

The Farm School in Athol, MA, is currently accepting applications for the 2013-2014 Learn to Farm Program Year. Prospective farmers seeking a curriculum-based agriculture immersion program should consider a year at The Farm School.

The Farm School’s Learn to Farm program offers a full year of full-time agriculture education through holistic and practical coursework and farm work in organic field crop production and management, animal husbandry, forestry, practical skills, homesteading and marketing, in addition to growing food for their 175-member vegetable and 50-member meat CSA, farmers market and managing 150 acres of forest land.

For more information and to apply visit the Learn to Farm webpage. Be sure to visit current student, and photojournalist, Erik Jacobs’s blog, The Plough & Stars Project, a yearlong chronicle in words and photos of living and learning at The Farm School.