Apprenticeship Resources Library

New Entry works in partnership with commercial farms and organizations coordinating apprenticeships and other on farm learning opportunities across the country to build an active learning network for Ag Apprenticeships.

This network is designed to disseminate educational resources through websites, broad outreach, webinars, a technical assistance referral network, posting to listservs/social media, sharing through the BFRDP clearinghouse and diverse beginning farmer service provider networks.

Our physical library at our offices in Beverly, MA contains books, CD's, DVD's periodicals, pamphlets, and videos in English, Spanish, Hmong, and Khmer.

If you have a resource you would like include here, contact nesfp@tufts.edu.

Rogue Farm Corps Mentor Farmer Packet

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Hosting and Employment, Internship Programs, Program Development, Recruitment, Registered Apprenticeships

Rogue Farm Corps’ internship and apprenticeship programs are designed to train the next generation of farmers and ranchers through a structured, educational framework that includes on-farm training, classes, farm tours, discussion groups, and independent projects.  These programs are designed to meet the legal criteria for unpaid internships and apprenticeships. Host farmers partner with Rogue Farm Corps and serve as primary mentors for the interns and apprentices on their farm.

San Juan Ranch - Skills Checklists

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Communication, Curriculum, Feedback and Assessment

These skills sheets are used at San Juan Ranch to conduct periodic skills assessments with their interns and apprentices to assess learning and mastery of the various skills taught on the ranch.  These are used in conversation with each apprentice to assess and celebrate learning and identify areas for further improvement.

The Ladder of Inference

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Communication, Educational Partnerships, Feedback and Assessment

The University of Maine - Cooperative Extension, funded through a Northeast Extension Risk Management Education Farm Coaching Project, created The Ladder of Inference to show how we convert observations into our beliefs and actions, and can be used in instances of conflict resolution and communication to separate the objective from the subjective.

Tools for Feedback and Evaluation

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Communication, Feedback and Assessment

When delivered in a timely, thoughtful and skillful manner, feedback can be one of the most effective tools for both professional development and trust building between learner and mentor. This short guide offers several constructive approaches for mentors to provide feedback and evaluation to ag apprentices. This short guide, adapted from the Ag Apprentice Toolkit, is intended for existing and aspiring mentor farmers and ag apprentice programs. 

Vilicus Farms Registered Apprenticeship Listing

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Communication, Recruitment, Registered Apprenticeships

Vilicus Farms' registered apprenticeship listing is an example that can be used to advertise your apprenticeship. Vilicus Farms is a first generation, nationally recognized organic, dryland crop farm located in northern Hill County, Montana. Established in 2009, Vilicus Farms grows a diverse array of heirloom and specialty grains, pulse, oilseed and broadleaf crops within a 5+year rotation on approximately 5,000 acres. Vilicus Farms practices advanced land stewardship at a scale that matters.

Vilicus Farms Sample Contract

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Communication, Farm Labor Laws / Legal

A sample contract that Vilicus Farms uses and is signed between apprentice and farmer. It outlines apprentice duties, duration of employment, compensation, processes related to probation/termination/disability, and more. 

Webinar: A Conversation with Lowcountry Local First

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Case Studies, Curriculum, Internship Programs, Program Development

Join us for a conversation with Brian Wheat from Lowcountry Local First (https://lowcountrylocalfirst.org/). Their Good Farming initiative supports sustainable agriculture and is designed to grow and connect the local food system by training new farmers, supporting existing farm businesses and educating consumers. Additionally, they provide consulting services for private companies, municipal government, and anchor institutions to cultivate local farms and fill gaps in economic development activities.

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