Maine Coast Heritage Trust will offer two nine-month farm apprenticeships in Rockport in 2016, one to focus on raising beef cattle at Aldermere Farm and the other on growing vegetables at Erickson Fields Preserve.

The apprenticeships will offer more training and a more holistic approach to farming than what previous summer internships could provide.

Aldermere Farm and Erickson Fields Preserve are owned and managed by MCHT as working farms and agricultural education centers. MOFGA's (Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association) Apprenticeship Program is working with MCHT on the nine-month apprenticeships to provide the new farmers with additional training and networking opportunities.

At Aldermere Farm the apprentice will be able to experience all facets of managing a herd of registered Belted Galloway beef cattle, while Erickson Preserve is an extensive vegetable growing operation where local teens and volunteers grow fresh produce for food pantries, schools and other markets.

Apprenticeship applicants should preferably have previous farming experience and experience educating youth and/or adults. Both apprentices, along with their main farm tasks, will assist in implementing sustainable-agriculture youth and adult programs and events at the sites. The apprenticeships are paid opportunities and include shared housing, training and supervision.

Deadline for applications is Monday, Feb. 1; work start date is March 14. To review farm listings and apply, visit "Programs" page at; listings are under Knox County, see KNX-26 for Aldermere and KNX-27 for Erickson. For more information on application process, email or call 568-4142; for more information on apprenticeships, contact Aldermere Farm at or 236-2739.