National Ag Apprenticeship Learning Network
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.
To stay informed about this evolving work, please subscribe to the National Ag Apprenticeship Listserv.
The work of this network is geared towards formalizing a set of shared standards or best practices for meeting the learning goals of ag apprentices looking to gain management and production skills on commercial farms.
New Entry and partners will accomplish this goal by fostering coordination between diverse apprenticeship training programs; sharing best practices, knowledge and resources; coordinating local and regional training-of-trainer efforts for farm educators and mentors; and fostering peer-to-peer dialogue with similar programs across the country.
Ag Apprenticeship Program Map
This map reflects ag apprenticeships across the country. To be included on the map, please fill out this form.
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.
Strengthen Farm/ Ranch Mentor Skills via regional training of trainer sessions.
Support a Community of Practice and learning network for apprentice training programs through peer-to-peer sharing, annual conferences, and national/regional collaboration to strengthen both outreach and post-apprenticeship support resources.
Annual Survey! Report on your activities and grow in community with other farmers by taking a 25 minutes survey here.
Launch of the Ag Apprenticeship Resource Library
Launch of the Ag Apprenticeship Toolkit, scheduled for release December, 2017
Ag Apprenticeship Learning Network Annual Gathering: a Pre-Conference Session at the Community Food Systems Conference
December 5, 2017
More info here.
During this pre-conference gathering, we’ll get to know one another, dive into best practice, and explore the challenges ahead and opportunities for expanded action of the Ag Apprenticeship Learning Network, plus highlight efforts underway to strengthen support for Ag Apprenticeship Training programs across the country. We are building new connections to empower programs and farm and ranch mentors to improve their practical training skills and enhance next generation farmer outcomes.