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CEFS Accepting Applications for Small Farm Unit Apprenticeship Program

The Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) is seeking a diverse group of applicants for its 2014 full-season apprenticeship. This unique opportunity is open to enthusiastic individuals who have an interest in and passion about sustainable agriculture. Apprentices will spend time on the center's approximately 30-acre Small Farm Unit (SFU) in Goldsboro, North Carolina, learning sustainable production practices and focusing on three key areas:

• Fundamentals of Ag Production

• Community Food Systems

• Education, Outreach and Extension

Apprentices will play a major role in continuing to develop community connections in Goldsboro by participation in ag literacy opportunities such as the Discover Ag program and in outreach to the Goldsboro community through the Wayne Food Initiative partnership, community gardens, a CSA donated to underserved families, and farmers' markets.

Apprentices will work closely with the Small Farm Unit Manager Marisa Benzle, Research Specialist Evan Taylor and the Community Food Systems Outreach Coordinator Shorlette Ammons as well as the local Wayne County Cooperative Extension Center and the Wayne County community to develop expertise in the above focus areas. The Small Farm Unit Apprenticeship program seeks to offer a diverse experience that will allow learners to engage in a broad, hands-on learning adventure!

A limited number of apprenticeships are available. The center offers a small stipend ($100/week), housing with access to a kitchen, and the Internet. Apprentices may attend CEFS workshops free of charge. Upon completion of the program, a Certificate of Achievement will be presented.

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