students tending to crops in a field.

Requirements: High school diploma or GED
Cost: $6,000/year
Program length: January 23 – December 15

The Illinois Small Farm Apprenticeship Program is a yearlong professional development training program providing the skills and tools you need to effectively manage a small-scale vegetable farm. You will learn the entire process from farm planning, design, and implementation to harvest, washing, and marketing of produce.


As an apprentice, you will be involved in every aspect of our smallscale vegetable farm operation, from ordering seeds to harvest and beyond. You’ll learn the particulars of these processes and concepts on the farm and through lectures, readings, activities, and field trips to area farms. Apprentices also learn the thought processes and context for decisions made on the farm and how a small-scale vegetable farm fits into the food system and society.

Advance Your Career


Are you looking to start a new career in food production or are you interested in expanding the skills you have? Joining this program will teach you tools to use in the field, in the office, with your staff, and at market. These tools will help operate a farm business or become an invaluable team member.

Areas of Employment

  • Farmer
  • Farm Manager
  • Farmers Market Manager
  • Food Access Organizations
  • Food Production and Processing
  • Garden Coordinator
  • Local Food/Farm Support
  • Organizations
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