This unique six-month program, running from May through October, is for students currently in grades 5-11. New apprentice applications are limited to grades 5-8.
Apprentices meet several times a week to plant, maintain and harvest the farm’s educational gardens and work with Farmer Jonathan in the production gardens. They also care for our rabbits, goats, pigs, sheep, chickens, ducks, geese and turkeys. Director of Programming Stacey Valimont manages the program to ensure that apprentices work collaboratively to assist in all aspects of the farm, including teaching younger children about farm activities.
Apprentices are actively involved in many farm-related tasks. The work can be challenging but incredibly rewarding—the program includes many special events such as Ambler Farm Day, a farm-to-table soup and salad experience, a bonfire and more!
Apprentices will split into three separate cohorts to start the season. Groups will tentatively scheduled to meet on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday during the spring from 4-6pm, and on Saturdays from 10am-12pm, 1-3pm, 4-6pm. Hours may shift slightly during the summer months to take advantage of the longer summer days. Attendance is very flexible, as we know our apprentices have busy lives.
This is an extraordinary hands-on program. Parents and prospective apprentices must attend one of the open houses, which will take place on Sundays, March 7th and 14th at 10:30am, Noon, or 1:30pm. The purpose of the open house is to help prospective apprentices understand the nature of and the expectations for the program to ensure it is a good fit. If a child is not able to attend either open house, a separate meeting must be scheduled with Stacey Valimont. The Open House dates are the deadline for new apprentices to express interest in the program. Complete the New Apprentice Application.
Program slots will be filled first by returning apprentices and their siblings, followed by lottery results. On April 12th, should there be interest beyond program capacity, a lottery will be held to select new apprentices. The lottery will be overseen by Executive Director Tim Burt, Director of Programming Stacey Valimont, as well as several Board Members.
For more information, please email Stacey Valimont.