Center for Arkansas Farms and Food (CAFF) matches farm apprentices to farms in the northwest Arkansas region based on the apprentice’s goals and interests. It is designed to provide experiential learning for the next generation of Arkansas farmers and to support farm development in the state. Scenic Northwest Arkansas, home of the University of Arkansas, is consistently rated one of the top areas to live in the U.S. CAFF is part of the University of Arkansas System, Division of Agriculture. More information on the CAFF apprentice program is available at UAFarmApprentice.org
Apprentices will learn alongside an experienced farmer on a successful farm. Apprentices should expect to:
• Participate in all classroom sessions and group activities
• Work closely with, and as directed by, farm mentor(s)
• Write weekly journal or blog entries
• Be challenged physically, intellectually and emotionally
• Able to work long farm hours as needed
• Able to lift 50 lbs.
• Able to tolerate regular exposure to heat, sunlight, dust, pollen, ticks and chiggars.
• Have reliable transportation and a valid driver’s license
The CAFF apprenticeship program lasts one to two seasons, depending on apprentice interests. The program includes a core set of classes with curriculum topics that complement the hands-on learning.
No prior education or experience is required.
Apply at UAfarmapprentice.org.
Applications should be submitted between Sept 1 – November 15.
If you require application accessibility assistance, or have questions, contact CAFF at: CAFF.uark.edu
If you’re interested in this program, please contact us and fill out the application