F. A. Q.
Why does Arkansas need a program like CAFF?
Across the US, farmers are aging, the mean farmer age in AR is 57. It’s estimated that 70% of America’s farmland will change ownership in the next 20 years. Suppose we want a secure, safe, and independent food system. In that case, our next generation of farmers needs training now, ensuring we have access to a healthy food supply that supports our communities. It’s essential to create viable farm businesses for the future. Apprenticeship programs provide real-life farm experience and transfer farming knowledge to the next generation of farmers.
How will the program work during Covid-19 pandemic?
Because our Farm School and Apprenticeship programs are based upon experiential learning methods, we will continue as planned for most of our programs. Our Farm School classroom is equipped to handle 8 students with COVID-19 guidelines for distancing. When meeting in person, all participants will be required to wear face coverings and maintain social distance six feet if possible. At times, for our classroom sessions, we may use Zoom meetings for instruction. In our Apprenticeship program, because not all participants are based in NWA, we already offer classes through Zoom.
ARE THERE AGE LIMITS?
Apprentices must be eighteen years of age to apply.
ARE SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE?
Not at this time.
ARE PETS ALLOWED?
Pets are not allowed except for service animals. Please consult the farm host before bringing any animals onto the farm.
How long until I know I’m accepted into the Farm School program?
You will be contacted for an interview within 4 weeks of submission. You should hear about your acceptance into the Farm School about 4-8 weeks after your initial application.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO GET A FARM PLACEMENT FOR AN APPRENTICESHIP?
Placements may take 4-8 weeks and are dependent on available mentor farms.
SHOULD I APPLY FOR THE FARM SCHOOL OR A farm APPRENTICESHIP?
The Farm School is best for those with little to no farming experience, or those who have more limited time to commit. Farm apprenticeships need a bit more experience and knowledge. They also require a commitment to more hours each day. Ideally, it is best to complete the Farm School and then the apprenticeship program.