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Organic Vegetable Farm Manager Registered Apprenticeship
Did you know?*
- Wisconsin's Organic Vegetable Farm Manager Registered Apprenticeship is the first in the nation.
- Organic farms are 35% more profitable than the average farm.
- Over 82% of U.S. households buy organic; produce accounts for nearly 36% of those purchases.
*Statistics retrieved from www.foodlogistics.com.
- Supervise all steps of crop production.
- Determine how to produce crops by evaluating factors such as soil conditions, disease, and market conditions.
- Adapt their duties to the seasons, weather conditions, or a crop's growing cycle.
- Maintain farm facilities, equipment, and tools.
- Record production, employee, and financial information.
Required Work Processes:
- Manage fields.
- Propagate transplants.
- Maintain crops.
- Control weeds.
- Control pests and diseas.
- Havest crops.
- Perform post-harvest handling.
- Operate equipment and tools.
- Maintain equipment and tools.
- Review farm production plan.
- Assist with managing employees.
- Organic vegetable farm managers mostly work outdoors.
- Vegetable farming can be year-round or seasonal.
- Specific tasks vary greatly depending on the time of year.
- Farmers often perform strenuous physical work.
- This registered apprenticeship is competency-based. It does not have time requirements for the overall length or on-the-job learning.
- Skilled farmers designed the program to span two growing seasons, which is approximately 15 months of 2,500 hours. This is a reference, not a requirement.
- On-the-job learning does not have time requirements.
- Related instruction includes 144 hours, which are required.
- The apprentice must complete the Transition-To-Trainer course in the final year of the registered apprenticeship.
Individuals must apply directly to the sponsor. The applicant must:
- Have a high school diploma or equivalency
- Have a valid, government-issued photo identificaiton
- Be physically able to perform the work with reasonable accommodations
Farms must apply directly to Bureau or a third-party sponsor. The employer must:
- Hold a valid, accredited organic certification
- Be in business for at least one year
- Train the apprentice in all mandatory duties
- Employ at least one full-time skilled worker
- Supervise or train the apprentice at all times
- Critical thinking: use logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative approaches and solutions to problems.
- Judgement and decision making: consider the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
- Speaking: talk to toehrs to convey information effectively.
- Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook for Farmers, Ranchers, and Other Agricultural Managers
- O*NET Summary Report for Farm and Ranch Managers
Sources: Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards Position Descriptions, Bureau of Labor Statistics, ONET Online