Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Apply Now: Farming Apprenticeship with the Local Food Hub!

America's farming demographic is aging. Rapidly.

According to the latest Census of Agriculture, the average age of a U.S. farmer is 57.2, and that's not all.  The average American small farmer is over 60. More than one out of every four farmers is over 65 years old and rapidly facing retirement, and less than 6% of all American farmers are younger than 35 years old.

If you haven't thought about it before, now's the time to take a minute and consider:  who will grow our food in 10, 15, or 20 years?

Could it be you?  In addition to providing services and support to our current generation of small farmers, the Local Food Hub is dedicated to inspiring and developing the next generation of farmers through workshops, classes and hands-on activities.

That's why we're proud to announce our first apprenticeship opportunity at our educational farm.  Apprentices will perform a wide variety of tasks including planting, mulching, laying irrigation, organic pest management, harvesting and packing produce, and working with the public and selected teenage interns in a mentor capacity. Further knowledge in areas such as soil improvement, crop planning, and farm machinery is possible for motivated individuals.  Get all the details here.

This is a unique opportunity to get your hands in the ground and make a difference -- don't miss it!

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