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CEFS Mountain Food & Farm Apprenticeship Program

APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM — Mountain Food & Farm Apprenticeship Program brings education and workforce development opportunities to the region in partnership with Western Carolina University, Haywood Community College, Southwestern Community College, and Tri-County Community College.

The Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS), EmPOWERing Mountain Food Systems Food and Farm Apprenticeship Program, is seeking highly-motivated individuals from a variety of different backgrounds to participate in a hands-on work and study apprenticeship program.

The apprenticeship program trains participants in many aspects of sustainable agriculture, value-added production, and local food and beverage small business expansion, marketing and business support.

Apprenticeship appointments are for 8–12 weeks and are located in Jackson, Cherokee, Graham, Clay, Swain, Macon and Haywood counties, including the Qualla Boundary of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. All positions require an on-site presence.


Eligible students include:

  • Students enrolled in Southwestern Community College, Tri County Community College, Haywood Community college curriculum or continuing education programs.
  • Students enrolled in Western Carolina University (including rising Freshman).
  • Students enrolled in any secondary institution and living in the program region during the apprenticeship period.

Apprentices are paid through the NCSU payroll system at a rate of $12 per hour.

During the 8-12 weeks, apprentices will have the opportunity to:

  • Be immersed in agricultural and value-added production, spending up to 20 hours a week as an integral part of a team.
  • Assist business and nonprofits with expanding their marketing and outreach.
  • Interact with other apprentices at the various mentor sites.
  • Develop production and marketing skills.

For additional Information about the EmPOWERing Mountain Food Systems Food & Farm Apprenticeship Program, visit food-farm-apprenticeship-program/

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