Some farms have apprenticeship and internship opportunities through which new farmers can gain experience. See below for opportunities that have been posted through Farm Link, and see the additional websites where opportunities are often posted. 

 

Opportunities on private farms

ID Number County Town Description of the farming opportunity
1443 Somerset Far Hills

Apprenticeship opportunity available at our small, diverse organic vegetable operation (6 acres in cultivation, from biointensive plots to fields maintained with more traditional row-cropping techniques). Permaculture/biodynamic principles are also applied. Most of our produce goes to our 125-member CSA; we also work with restaurants, distributors, and occasional farmers’ market.

The apprenticeship begins May 1st and runs through end of October (earlier end dates are up for discussion). Apprentices expected to work 5 days/week (about 40 hours/week). Great opportunity for individual looking for the full farm experience, as apprentices are involved in nearly all aspect of our operation, included greenhouse work, field prep, seeding, transplanting, cultivating, harvesting, poultry care, and marketing and distribution. Structured around a hands-on educational experience. Those interested in delving deeper will also be given access to our accounts and crop plans. In addition to a monthly stipend, apprentices are provided with room and board and unlimited access to farm products. Phone: 973-865-9459; Email: info@unclebillsfarm.org. 3/15

 

 

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Opportunities on college farms

College County Town Description of the farming opportunity
Rutgers University Middlesex New Brunswick The Student Sustainable Farm at Rutgers has internship opportunities for Rutgers students to work and manage the college's CSA farm. Contact Ed Durner: Phone: 732-932-9711x256; Email: durner@aesop.rutgers.edu
Delaware Valley College Bucks (PA) Doylestown

Delaware Valley College has opportunities on its college farms for students and other people interested in gaining farming experience and learning about farming. Summer-season (i.e., between the semesters) farming opportunities are often available on the horticulture farm, for instance. These jobs offer basic soups to nuts hands-on training for people who want to become farmers. How to do irrigation, planting, using equipment are covered. Temporary positions may also be available during the rest of the year on the college's organic farm. Contact the Horticulture Production Department. Phone: 215-489-2258

Rutgers NJAES Extension Hunterdon
Cumberland
Burlington
Pittstown
U.Deerfield
Chatsworth
Each year, the NJAES Extension Farms Paid Undergrad Summer Internship Program places Rutgers and non-Rutgers students at one of three NJAES farms: the Snyder Research & Extension Farm in Pittstown; the Rutgers Agricultural Research & Extension Center (RAREC) in Upper Deerfield; and the Marucci Blueberry and Cranberry Research & Extension Center in Chatsworth. For more information, see the 2009 internship announcement. Contact Jack Rabin: Phone: 732-932-5000 x610; Email: rabin@aesop.rutgers.edu.
Additional colleges and universities Northeast and around the US Across the country A number of additional colleges have farm projects that students can manage or participate in. The Rodale Institute created a Farming for Credit Directory summarizing some of these opportunities.

 

 

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Websites with listings

There are a number of websites that list farm apprenticeship and internship opportunities in NJ and the Northeast. Some of these sites include the following:

 

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