Amagansett Food Institute helps connect people interested in working as an apprentice on an East End farm with farmers willing to share their expertise. We work with a wide range of farms, each with different business models and apprenticeship programs.
Many farms provide housing, fresh produce, a modest stipend, and hands-on training in exchange for the work apprentices contribute. Through our CRAFT program we offer apprentices additional educational opportunities that not only deepen their learning experience but also give them the chance to network and socialize with others in the farming community. Most apprenticeships run from April through October.
Apprentice Matching is a service we provide for farmers in our community. We connect you with motivated, experienced, and well-matched apprentices to set you up for a bountiful season. AFI conducts outreach, vets applicants, and connects apprentices with farms based upon your needs. Our spring and fall CRAFT tours provide additional educational opportunities for farm apprentices.
Our team learns about each farm operation, advertises open positions, reviews first-round applications, and matches farms with prospective team members who meet farm-defined skill level and experience requirements. We promote open positions on targeted job boards and across social media platforms. When we find a match that meets your criteria, we will send you the application directly so you can take the next steps.
We are committed to building a sustainable regional food system and that starts with supporting and educating farmers. We know you are busy planning for the growing season, so why not let us do the legwork of outreach and recruitment? Our website is search engine optimized for apprentice matching and farm apprentice program results.
Many apprentices matched by our team have stayed on the East End to work in agriculture. Amber Waves Farm, Quail Hill Farm, and Share the Harvest Farm now employ apprentices matched through our program.
Farmers, please fill out this short questionnaire to let us know what your apprentice needs are. To support our work on behalf of each farm, we will charge $25 to our members and $50 to non-members for Apprentice Matching. CRAFT will remain a no-cost program with the goal of supporting local farms and their teams. Please reach out if you have any questions or comments.
Important Note: In its effort to match applicants and farms, AFI reserves the right to share applications with as many or as few participating farms as it chooses. This is a matching service only. AFI is not responsible for the accuracy of information provided by either the farm or the applicant. Intending participants are urged to explore all aspects of the apprentice-employer relationship before moving forward. By agreeing to use this service you are agreeing that AFI has no responsibility for the terms and conditions of the relationship or its outcome.