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Here are descriptions of a few of the farms that were looking for apprentices through the OEFFA Apprentice Program during the 2004 growing season. To view a complete list of this year's host farms (including contact information) you will need to submit an application. Once the application has been posted to the Applicant Index Page, you will receive an email with instructions on how to access the index so that you can review both farmer and apprentice applications.

250 Acre Certified Organic Farm Near Columbus

A 250-acre certified organic farm with 120 acres of woods, lakes, ponds and streams, about 90 tillable acres, and some 35 acres in pasture located 20 miles from Columbus. We grow a large vegetable garden, beef cows, corn, soybeans, wheat and hay as well as maple syrup and logging. We are establishing an on-farm market to sell farm products. The primary work of the apprentice will involve work in the garden but additional other work will be done depending on abilities and interests of the interns. Pay will be offered. The amount will depend on whether meals are required. With no meals $400 per month is available.

Small Diversified Grower Sells at
Farmers' Market and to CSA members

We have 3 acres of land about 35 miles from Columbus, with about one acre in row crops, plus fruit trees, beehives, and a berry patch. Apprentice will be involved in all phases of our CSA operation and we can tailor the work to his/her interests: greenhouse starts, field planting, cultivating, picking and delivering, selling at the farmers' market, managing beehives and orchard, writing and editing the CSA newsletter. Cut flower arranging, flower drying, canning and preserving produce, drying herbs, etc. can also be pursued. We would pay a $300 stipend upon successful completion of the apprenticeship agreement involving 175 working hours. After another 150 hours, intern would receive another $300 stipend. Apprentice would be reimbursed for mileage for any deliveries he/she makes in his/her personal vehicle, and would get a portion of farmers' market earnings after the first two times learning how to pick and sell.

Educational Farm near Akron

We have a 130 acre property and education center located about 15 minutes from Akron. About 8 acres are in vegetables each year, and 2 acres in cover crops. The rest is wooded or fallow field. The apprentice will be involved mostly in vegetable production and all that it entails - tractor work (mostly tillage), planting, transplanting, fertilizing, cultivating, occasional organic spraying, and harvesting, and post harvest handling. The very easy chicken chores will be split amongst farm staff, including the apprentice. We have a large number of volunteers and CSA members working at the farm and the apprentice will have the opportunity to train and supervise these workers. In exchange we offer $240/week. This would not include board, excepting produce from the farm which will be available freely.


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