The CALS community is invited to the kick off event for the new Organic Vegetable Farm Manager Registered Apprenticeship program, set for 3-5 p.m. on Wednesday, August 29 at Fazenda Boa Terra, 6580 State Road 23, Spring Green, Wisconsin.
The new apprenticeship program, approved by the Wisconsin Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards, was developed through a collaborative effort involving organic farmers, the state Department of Workforce Development, FairShare CSA Coalition, UW–Madison and UW-Extension.
The apprenticeship involves on-farm work experience and classroom learning. It is designed to create a pathway for farmers to train and retain skilled workers for Wisconsin farms.
UW–Madison/UW-Extension personnel involved in developing the apprenticeship include Julie Dawson, UW–Madison assistant professor of horticulture and UW-Extension urban and regional food systems specialist, and Claire Strader, organic and small scale produce educator with Dane County UW-Extension and FairShare CSA Coalition. UW–Madison agroecology graduate students Laura Jessee Livingston and Alex Steussy-Williams were also involved in the development of the program and in evaluating the process as part of their masters’ degrees. Down the line, Dawson, Strader and their teams will be involved in assessing – and improving – the program, including checking-in with apprentices and farmers on a regular basis, collecting formal evaluations of the program, and compiling feedback that can help guide program improvements.
At the kick off event, attendees will be introduced to the new apprenticeship program, learn about how to get involved, celebrate the first farmer/apprentice pair, and take a tour of Fazenda Boa Terra.
The kick off event is free. Please RSVP here.