Apprenticeships

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Above: Haying on steep terrain at Natural Roots, Conway, MA. (GFN photo)
Good Farming Apprenticeship Network
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Apprenticeships in draft-animal farming and logging were once
difficult to find, but not since Chase Hubbard completed his
degree in ”Good Farming” at Warren Wilson College in Asheville,
North Carolina. When Chase had a hard time finding skilled draft
horse farmers offering the apprenticeships he needed to
complete his degree, he set out to accumulate information and
help set up the Good Farming Apprenticeship Network.

Apprenticeships in draft-animal farming and logging were once difficult to find, but not
since Chase Hubbard completed his degree in ”Good Farming” at Warren Wilson
College in Asheville, North Carolina. When Chase had a hard time finding skilled draft
horse farmers offering the apprenticeships he needed to complete his degree, he set
out to accumulate information and help set up the Good Farming
Apprenticeship Network
.

The Good Farming Apprenticeship Network is designed to link future farmers with
experienced handlers of working draft horses, mules, and oxen to ensure that
valuable farming and logging practices are passed down through the generations.
Participants offer a broad range of learn-by-working experience.

This program is neither a source for jobs nor for cheap labor. Apprentices must be
eager to learn by pitching in to help with the work at hand; mentors must be willing
to take time to impart their skills to novices. Draft-animal apprenticeships are
offered in the following US states and Canadian provinces:

Apprenticeships:
  1. UNITED STATES
  2. California
    1. Covelo
  3. Colorado
    1. Ignacio
  4. Indiana
  5. Kentucky
    1. Golden Pond
  6. Maine
    1. Hebron
    2. Livermore
    3. Penobscot
    4. Stow
  7. Maryland
    1. Oakland
    2. Rising Sun
  8. Massachusetts
    1. Conway
  9. Michigan
    1. Scotts
  10. Minnesota
  11. Missouri
    1. La Plata
  12. Mississippi
    1. Beaumont
  13. New Jersey
    1. Titusville
  1. New York
    1. Marathon
    2. Narrowsburg
  2. Ohio
    1. Cincinnati
  3. Oregon
    1. Dorena
    2. Halfway
  4. Pennsylvania
    1. Media
  5. South Carolina
    1. Greer
  6. Vermont
  7. Virginia
    1. Copper Hill
  8. Wisconsin
    1. Hillsboro
  9. CANADA
  10. British Columbia
    1. Williams Lake
  11. Nova Scotia
    1. New Germany
  12. Ontario
    1. Almonte
    2. Plantagenet
    3. St. Thomas
Related Information

Finding an Apprenticeship in Horse Farming by Chase Hubbard
Plowing up an Internship by John Bowe
Ask Questions by Jim Sluyter & Jo Meller
Apprenticeship Survey by Jim Sluyter & Jo Meller
Legal Issues by Jim Sluyter & Jo Meller
Offering Apprenticeships on Your Horse-Powered Farm by Doug Jones

If you are experienced in the use of draft-animal power and are willing to share your skills
and knowledge with someone who is eager to learn, you are invited to participate
(at no charge) in the Good Farming Apprenticeship Network. Just fill out our
Good Farming Apprenticeship Network form, outlining the details of your farm, ranch,
or horse logging operation and the nature of the apprenticeship you offer. rh horse logo

Rural Heritage provides this service free of charge and makes no warranty, expressed or implied, related to participation in the Good Farming Apprenticeship
Network. We urge both apprentices and those offering apprenticeships to
investigate before engaging in any agreement.

Additional Resources
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