At The Farm

Located in Pocantico Hills, NY, Stone Barns is a laboratory for learning and catalyzing a culture of informed, healthy eating.

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Teaching & Learning

By educating people about food and farming, we're encouraging the food citizens of tomorrow to make healthier life choices for themselves and the planet.

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We are working to develop a culture of eating based on what farms need to grow to build healthy soil and a resilient ecosystem.

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Apprentice Program

Apprentice Program

Our Apprenticeship Program offers an immersive and diverse farming experience for growing farmers. Under the guidance of the farm management team led by Farm Director Jack Algiere, apprentices have the opportunity to engage in the operational management of diversified field crops, soil greenhouses, multi-species livestock and grazing systems. Our integrated production provides a whole-systems approach that allows participants to explore the interconnections across a wide range of agricultural disciplines.

Apprentices will learn operational management skills for our innovative crop and livestock systems under the supervision and guidance of farm managers and the farm team. These systems include a four-acre vegetable field, four-acre mixed grain ley rotation, half-acre winter garden with unheated moveable greenhouses and half acre soil-based four-season greenhouse, multispecies livestock grazing on 300+ acres, silvopasture, and waste stream management.

Applications for the 2019 apprenticeship season are now closed. 

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WHAT DIFFERENTIATES THE STONE BARNS CENTER APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM?

Specialized Training in a Diversified Context
Apprentices’ training will emphasize one of three specialized production systems (crops, rangeland or grazing), and they will also rotate through the other elements of farm production. This approach was designed to facilitate a multidisciplinary understanding of whole farm operations while also providing apprentices with in-depth training in specialized areas.

Robust Agroecological Curriculum
Hands-on training at Stone Barns is supplemented with classes and workshops led by our own expert farmers and by visiting practitioners and scholars on key topics in agroecology, ranging from soil science to pollination ecology. Workshops will be delivered as week-long intensives in the beginning and end of the season, as well as in weekly two-hour on-site programs throughout the season. The apprenticeship will also include visits to other farms in the region and opportunities to engage with Stone Barns’ own roster of public and educational programming, including the Young Farmers Conference, public lectures, and weekly family meal with Blue Hill at Stone Barns.

Communications Skill Building 
Stone Barns is a public-facing nonprofit educational farm, and our apprentices are central to our ability to deliver high-quality public programming. Apprentices will become well versed in interpreting principles of agroecological farming and food systems change and are responsible for leading programs and tours. This is a unique component of the Stone Barns Center’s apprenticeship program and offers farmer trainees opportunities to connect with diverse audiences, including farmers, chefs, weekend visitors, and high school students, while honing communications and presentation skills.


Requirements for Admission

Applicants should be committed to learning and passionate about developing their career as a farmer and food system leader. Preference will be given to applicants with one to two full seasons of farming experience and a background in a production setting. Strong commitment and effort is required and solid time management skills are essential. Apprentices will need to feel comfortable in an educational setting; teaching or public speaking experience is a plus. Additional requirements include the ability to lift at least 50 pounds, perform tasks outside in all weather conditions, and to contribute positively to the team and as a part of a collaborative environment. Apprentices must be U.S. citizens or green card holders.

Stone Barns Center is committed to creating a welcoming and inclusive environment for all members of our community and strongly encourages candidates from diverse backgrounds to apply, including aspiring farmers from across the U.S. and around the world.


Additional Information

Timing
The apprenticeship runs from February 18, 2019 to November 29, 2019. Apprentices will fulfill their roles five days per week, including weekend rotations.

Applications must be received by October 15, 2018. Interviews will be held beginning October 22, and top candidates will be required to visit the farm in person once between November 2 and December 6. A travel stipend will be available for top candidates who are in need of financial assistance. Final decisions and notifications will be made on December 10.

Apprentice Class
Up to eight apprentices will be selected for the 2019 class, divided among the three specialization areas:

Compensation
Apprentices receive a bi-weekly stipend of $1,250 (gross before taxes), based on cost of living estimates in Westchester County. We also provide workers compensation and short-term disability insurance to apprentices and some limited PTO. More information on working at Stone Barns is available here.


Applications for the 2019 apprenticeship season are now closed.

Sign up to be notified when applications open for the 2020 season:

For questions and information, write to apprenticeships@stonebarnscenter.org