Get your hands dirty

Poughkeepsie Farm Project's apprenticeship and internship program provide participants with the foundational knowledge to pursue a career in small-scale vegetable production. Over the last 15 years, more than 50 alumni have graduated from our program. Many have continued their careers in agriculture, becoming farm managers and even starting their own farms. Apprentices and interns work on a 12-acre farm with PFP staff to grow over 200 varieties of vegetables, fruit, herbs, and flowers. We provide food for a 500+ member CSA while contributing to PFP's larger mission of working towards a just and sustainable food system in the Hudson Valley.

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PFP offers summer farm internships for students and farming newbies, and seven and nine month apprenticeships for those with some experience under their belts. Over the course of the season apprentices and interns will have exposure to a wide range of farming activities and skills including:

  • Harvest and CSA distribution set-up
  • Managing farm volunteers
  • Tractor operation and safety (mainly for apprentices)
  • Greenhouse seeding and maintenance
  • Transplanting and farm bed preparation
  • Crop management and irrigation

In addition, apprentices and interns participate in:

  • Discussions on the politics of food and farming
  • Activities with youth and volunteer groups visiting our farm

Every fall we look for our next crop of apprentices and interns. If you are a future farmer ready to learn how to grow food and interested in joining us for the next season, visit our careers page.