The Produce Farm Manager (PFM) Apprenticeship is a professional, hands-on training program that provides a thorough, well-rounded education resulting in mastery of organic produce farm management skills. Apprenticeship graduates will be fully prepared for employment as a farm manager or begin their own produce farm.
The training approach includes 2500 on-the-job paid training hours working closely with a host farmer, combined with 144 hours of related instruction and 20 hours of group education. The PFM Apprenticeship requires a minimum 16 month commitment, inclusive of an initial 2 month probationary period. The PFM Apprenticeship aligns with federal apprenticeship standards.
Must have high school diploma or higher or GED, or a composite score of at least 18, or comparable Accuplacer test scores in math and reading.
Must be at least 18 years of age.
Must be physically able to perform the work of the trade with reasonable accommodations and without hazard to themselves or others.
Must have reliable transportation to and from the Ohio host farm.
Must be willing to commit to 16 month apprenticeship.
Registered host farmers will contact apprentice applicants who may be a good fit.
Host farmers will interview candidates and communicate with OEFFA when a selection is made.