Stone Barns Center Apprentice Program

Apprentice Program

Our Apprenticeship Program offers an immersive 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, and waste stream management. Our integrated production provides a whole-systems approach that allows participants to explore the interconnections across a wide range of agricultural disciplines.

Applications are now closed for the 2020 season of the Stone Barns Apprenticeship Program. To be notified by email when applications open for the 2021 season, please sign up below:

Curriculum and Responsibilities

Learn more about the Program Responsibilities and Apprentice Position Descriptions for crops and livestock applicants for the 2020 season:

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Specialized Training 
Apprentices will focus on either crops or livestock and will also rotate through the other elements of farm production. This approach was designed to facilitate an interdisciplinary understanding of whole-farm operations while also providing apprentices with in-depth training in specialized areas.

Robust Curriculum
Hands-on training at Stone Barns is supplemented with classes and workshops led by our own expert farmers as well as visiting practitioners and scholars on key topics in regenerative agriculture, 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.

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

Place-Based Experience
The unique offerings taking place at Stone Barns Center reinforce and complement the apprenticeship’s hands-on production training. Apprentices will have opportunities to engage with Stone Barns Center’s own roster of public and educational programming, including the Young Farmers Conference, public lectures, and weekly family meal with Blue Hill at Stone Barns. Book club discussions and field days with regional partnership programs and Stone Barns Center farm networks will round out the experience.

Additional Information

The apprenticeship runs from February 24, 2020 to November 25, 2020. Apprentices will fulfill their roles five days per week, including weekend rotations.

Apprentice Class
Up to eight apprentices will be selected for the 2020 class, divided between crops and livestock.

Requirements for Admission
Applicants should be committed to learning and passionate about developing their career as a farmer and agricultural food systems 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. Additional prerequisites include the ability to lift at least 50 pounds, be outside in adverse weather conditions and to function positively in a team and as part of a collaborative work environment. Parts of the apprenticeship require intensive physical effort.

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.

Apprentices receive a bi-weekly stipend of $1,250 (gross before taxes). We also provide workers compensation, access to Stone Barns Center’s medical insurance policy, and short-term disability insurance to apprentices. More information on working at Stone Barns is available here.

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