This unique six-month program, running from May through October, is for students currently in grades 5-12. New apprentices 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 meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4-6pm, and on Saturdays from 9-11am. 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 must fill out the New Apprentice Orientation to be considered for this program. Complete the New Apprentice Interest Form through the Parent Dashboard (this form will be available on February 15th). Prospective apprentices must attend one of the open houses, which will take place on Saturday, March 25th at 10am or 11:30am. 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 the 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.
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 Ashley Kineon, Director of Programming Stacey Valimont, as well as several Board Members.
For more information, please email Stacey Valimont.