Farm Apprenticeship Program

The Mountain offers Farm Apprenticeships in conjunction with our Many Hands Peace Farm and support The Mountain’s overall commitment to sustainability.

Submit an application for a Farm Apprenticeship

Learning Opportunities

This Farm Apprenticeship program initially began in 2014 and is designed to support the individual learner’s professional development through experiential education.  Apprentices are hired to live, learn, and work at The Mountain during each session. The 22 or 16 week sessions include educational off-site field trips to local farms, conferences, and workshops in Western North Carolina.  There is also a practical focus to grow organic produce for use in The Mountain kitchen.

Aside from acquiring farming skills, apprentices learn techniques in experiential education through facilitating educational workshops, customer service and business management skills, and wild plant/mushroom identification.

Personal Projects

Apprentices select a personal project to complete during their apprenticeship. Examples of past projects include: mushroom log cultivation, blacksmithing hand tools, planning an edible food forest, researching and teaching about wild edibles, and building and planting a kitchen herb garden.

The apprenticeship program includes the completion of specific goals in the acquisition of practical skills related to the following topics:

Sustainable Agriculture

  • Composting and vermiculture
  • Greenhouse management
  • Crop management and crop succession
  • Soil science and bed preparation
  • Pest and disease management
  • Poultry management

 Farm to Table Program

  • Harvest and post-harvest care
  • Education and outreach
  • Garden-kitchen coordination

Leadership and Facilitation

  • Group processing
  • Facilitation of the high-ropes challenge course
  • Personal development – social media or group facilitation
  • Staff meeting engagement
  • Volunteer, youth, and adult group facilitation

Small Business Management

  • Customer service
  • Running a farmers market stand
  • Advertisement and marketing
  • Financial management
  • Social Media Management

Foraging and Wildcrafting

  • Wild plant and mushroom identification
  • Making medicine with wild ingredients
  • Being a responsible forager

Apprentice Supervision

  • Apprentices will be mentored by The Many Hands Peace Farm Managers

Apprenticeship Perks

  • Shared on-site housing
  • Meals in the Dining Hall 
  • Immersive educational experience
  • Membership in the Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training (CRAFT)

Expectations of Apprentices

  • Work 40-50 hours per week, primarily in the garden.
  • Design and implement a personal project
  • Participate in staff meetings
  • Engage as a team member, supporting the learning and work of other apprentices, volunteers, and guests 

Submit an application for a Farm Apprenticeship

Additional information on apprenticeship session dates, application deadlines and other requirements for the program are on our application.