Maine Coast Heritage Trust is accepting applications for paid farming apprenticeships at Aldermere Farm and Erickson Fields. Applicants may choose from three tracks: cattle management and farm operations at Aldermere Farm, and vegetable farming at Erickson Fields. Each apprenticeship will include a monthly stipend of $1000, benefits, shared housing, training and supervision.

The Aldermere Farm apprenticeships will last between 12 to 24 months and will begin as soon as the selected applicants are available. At Aldermere Farm, the apprentices will gain experience managing all facets of beef farm operation and will help lead agricultural programs for youth.

The Erickson Fields apprenticeship will be nine months, starting in mid-March 2021.  At Erickson Fields, the apprentice will learn all aspects of vegetable production, as well as help the farm manager supervise youth and community education programs.

The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association Apprenticeship Program is working with MCHT to provide apprentices with additional free training and networking opportunities. To take advantage of these benefits, applicants may apply at www.MOFGA.org. (Listings are under Knox County; for Aldermere, see KNX-26; for Erickson, see KNX-27). Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled.

For more information, e-mail Joelle Albury at the Aldermere Farm office at aldermere@mcht.org or call 207-236-2739.