If you’re interested in farming as a career, a formal apprenticeship program will provide you with a guided path to help you fulfill your vegetable farming aspirations. We’ll help pair you with a qualified master grower who will work to comprehensively train you in the art and science of vegetable production and farm business management, while you work to support the master grower’s labor needs as you train. You’ll graduate from your apprenticeship with the skills necessary to pursue becoming a farm manager or to start your own farm. 


You’ll complete 2,784 hours of on-the-job training alongside a master grower over the course of 18 months on a working farm with a proven track record. PASA staff will regularly meet with you to ensure you’re on track to successfully complete the apprenticeship program, and to provide you with additional support as needed.

Master growers train apprentices in 15 core competencies that vegetable farmers need to operate a successful farm business:

  • Business administration
  • Personnel management
  • Soil fertility
  • Tillage & field preparation
  • Propagation
  • Planting
  • Field crop production
  • Irrigation
  • Weed control
  • Pest & disease control
  • Harvesting
  • Post-harvest handling
  • Product distribution
  • Marketing
  • Equipment & machinery maintenance

Why apply to Diversified Vegetable Apprenticeship?

  • Training on a working farm with a demonstrated track record of success 
  • Assistance with finding a farm to apprentice on that aligns with your farming goals and interests 
  • A progressive wage 
  • Educational guidance throughout your apprenticeship, including regular on-site meetings to assess and support your learning progress 
  • Access to DVA-specific workshops and events 
  • Discounted registration to qualifying PASA events


DVA benefits both beginning and experienced growers: Apprentices acquire the skills they need to manage or start their own vegetable farm, while master growers gain a committed employee invested in farming as a career.

To become an apprentice, you must demonstrate a sincere interest in farming as a career. This may include, but is not limited to, having:

  • Farming experience equivalent to at least one season
  • Prior full-time or part-time farm employment
  • Prior farm internship or apprenticeship
  • Experience in another farm training program, or farm incubator program
  • Significant time volunteering with a farm
  • Community or technical college training in a related field
  • Two- or four-year degree in a relevant field of study
  • Significant self-study in sustainable agriculture or farm-scale food production

You also must:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Be a high school graduate, or have a GED or equivalent
  • Have a valid, government issued photo ID
  • Be physically able to perform farm work with reasonable accommodations

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