Agroforestry Apprenticeship Training Program in Ithaca

Wellspring Forest FarmWellspring Forest Farm’s Summer Agroforestry Apprenticeship Training Program

Our agroforestry apprenticeship training program is designed to train participants in the art and science of forest ecology, and equip them with practical real-world skills and experience in forestry and forest farming. We focus on taking the time to support individual learning and skill building in this five-month experiential educational program.

“This program is a completely immersive experience into the world of agroforestry. Time spent cultivating mushrooms, learning proper chainsaw use, rotationally grazing sheep, and learning forestry principles left a profound impact on my life. I learned and grew more than I ever could have hoped.”  — Wyatt, 2016 Participant

During the summer program, trainees live on-farm or commute to the site two days a week and learn by engaging in the production of mushrooms, duck eggs, pastured lamb, and small fruits. Apprentices also participate in all of our educational short courses and workshops and work on skills, including chainsaw safety, green woodworking, and use of a scythe.

Learning on a working forest farm broadens understanding of forest farming, agroforestry, permaculture, and forest gardening systems, providing training in the technical and business skills required to run a small farm or homestead.

The Summer session runs June 1 – October 1 with work days on Mondays and Thursdays each week. End date is flexible.

Applications for the Agroforestry Apprenticeship Training Program are accepted on an rolling basis. To apply, email a letter of interest and resume or CV to with the subject “APPRENTICE TRAINING PROGRAM” and outline your background, interest in the program, and availability. This is an educational program, with a one time fee of $450 per participant.

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