Since 1989, ATTRA has published an annual update to the
Sustainable Farming Internships and Apprenticeships list.
The Year 2000 edition is completed and now available in print
and electronic formats.
Sustainable Farming Internships and Apprenticeships
The ATTRA "Interns" list, as it is commonly known, is a popular
networking tool for farmers and interns looking to make connections,
and should be especially helpful as people make plans for the
upcoming growing season in the new millenium.
In this latest edition, roughly two dozen new farm listings have been
acquired from the "Educational and Training Opportunities in
Sustainable Agriculture" publication compiled by USDA's Alternative
Farming Systems Information Center (AFSIC). By cooperative
agreement, ATTRA will in the future maintain this list of farm-based
internships and AFSIC will focus on university-based programs. To
contact AFSIC, go to http://www.nal.usda.gov/afsic/index.html
The update is 71 pages long, with over 200 entries describing farms
and training centers offering internships and apprenticeships in
organic farming and sustainable agriculture.
In addition, the Interns list provides an interesting glimpse into
farm work and characteristics of small farm agriculture in the United
States because the farm descriptions were written by the farmers
As an example, several dozen farms in the list are now organized as
CSA's. You can also read about CRAFT (Collaborative Regional
Alliance for Farmer Training), which is a collection of twelve farms
in the Northeastern states that offer fortnightly seminars
accompanied by farm tours in addition to on-farm training
received by the apprentices during the work week.
Sustainable Farming Internships and Apprenticeships is compiled
by Katherine Adam, ATTRA Information Specialist.
Appropriate Technology Transfer for Rural Areas
P.O. Box 3657
Fayetteville, AR 72702
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