While there are finite legal categories for on-farm labor and learning, many farms structure learning in ways that aren’t adequately described by existing terms, or that stretch the standard definitions of legal options. Here we suggest some terms and definitions for commonly used labor and learning arrangements. As a community of practice evolves in this work, we hope to continue to modify and refine these definitions. This short guide, adapted from the Ag Apprenticeship Toolkit, is intended for existing and aspiring mentor farmers and ag apprenticeship programs.
On-Farm Labor and Learnings: Definitions
Tools for Feedback and Evaluation
When delivered in a timely, thoughtful and skillful manner, feedback can be one of the most effective tools for both professional development and trust building between learner and mentor. This short guide offers several constructive approaches for mentors to provide feedback and evaluation to ag apprentices. This short guide, adapted from the Ag Apprentice Toolkit, is intended for existing and aspiring mentor farmers and ag apprentice programs.
DGA Safety on the Farm Tip Sheet
Safety on the farm: Getting your Apprentice started with good safety habits. Tip sheet from Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship (DGA)
DGA - Onboarding: An orientation guide for your Apprentice’s first days
Onboarding: An orientation guide for your Apprentice’s first days. A tip sheet from Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship (DGA)
DGA Leadership Styles Tip Sheet
Leadership Styles: The example we set for our Apprentice. Tip sheet from Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship (DGA)
DGA Generations Tip Sheet
Bridging the Generations Differences between you and your Apprentice. Tip sheet from Dairy Grazing Aprenticeship (DGA)
DGA Ed Coordinator Training
Helping our Masters be good trainers and mentors. From Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship (DGA)
DGA Communication Tip Sheet
Communicating with your Apprentice: Are you speaking the same language? a tip sheet from Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship (DGA).
DGA: Adult Learner Tip Sheet
Thoughts on teaching adult learners from Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship (DGA)
Webinar: A Conversation with Lowcountry Local First
Join us for a conversation with Brian Wheat from Lowcountry Local First (https://lowcountrylocalfirst.org/). Their Good Farming initiative supports sustainable agriculture and is designed to grow and connect the local food system by training new farmers, supporting existing farm businesses and educating consumers. Additionally, they provide consulting services for private companies, municipal government, and anchor institutions to cultivate local farms and fill gaps in economic development activities.