Apprentice Program

Open Houses: March 10th + March 17th at 3:00pm

This unique six-month program, running from May through October, is for students currently in grades 5-11. We are only accepting new apprentices in grades 5-8. Apprentices meet several times a week to plant, maintain and harvest the farm’s educational gardens and work with Farmer Jonathan in the production gardens. They also care for our rabbits, goats, pigs, sheep, chickens, ducks, geese and turkeys. Apprentices work collaboratively to assist in all aspects of the farm including teaching younger children about farm activities.

Apprentices are actively involved in many farm-related tasks. The work can be challenging but incredibly rewarding – the program includes many special events such as Ambler Farm Day, a farm-to-table soup & salad experience, a bonfire, a campout and more! Apprentices will meet on Mondays and Thursdays during the spring and fall from 4-6pm, and on Saturdays from 9-11am. Hours may shift slightly during the summer months to take advantage of the longer summer days. Attendance is very flexible as we know our apprentices have busy lives

This is an extraordinary hands-on program. Parents and prospective apprentices must attend one open house on either March 10th or March 17th. The purpose of the open house is to help prospective apprentices understand the nature of and the expectations for the program to ensure it is a good fit. If a child is not able to attend either open house, a separate meeting must be scheduled with Kevin Meehan by March 24th. This is the deadline for new apprentices to express interest in the program.

Program slots will be filled first by returning apprentices, siblings of returning apprentices, children of current and past Board Members and current staff, followed by lottery results.

On March 25th, should there be interest beyond program capacity, a lottery will be held to select new apprentices. The lottery will be overseen by Executive Director Robin Clune, Program Director Kevin Meehan, Assistant Program Director Jennifer Grass, as well as several Board Members.

Prospective apprentices will be notified of the lottery results by April 1st.

Contact Jennifer Grass at for more information.

Cost: $500 per Member Child, $600 per Non-Member Child

Apprentices at the Memorial Day Parade

Running the Apple Sling Shot at Ambler Farm Day