The Technical Assistance Pool is an accumulation of specialists who have skills and/or expertise they would like to share with beginning and transitioning farmers to improve the economic viability of sustainable farms in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin.
In 1997, ten farmers from northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin founded the Upper Midwest Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training (CRAFT), the second CRAFT program in the U.S. Since then, the alliance has become one of the leading efforts to train the next generation of organic, biodynamic, and sustainable farmers.
The Inter-Faith Food Shuttle (IFFS) Young Farmer Training Program (YFTP) is a paid multi-year farming apprenticeship for youth in Wake County. The IFFS Raleigh Teaching Farm hosts apprentices two days per week beginning each Spring.
"Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association's Farm Apprenticeship program connects people wanting to learn organic farming with experienced farmers willing to share their expertise. The typical arrangement involves an exchange of labor for room, board, a stipend, and informal, intensive training and experience in farming.
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