Apprentice Matching

What is Apprentice Matching?

The East End Food Institute Apprentice Matching service offers the opportunity to apply to multiple farms and food businesses on Long Island through one application. We connect individuals who are interested in working in sustainable food businesses with those who want to share their expertise. Our partners range from bio-diverse organic farms to sustainable seafood businesses and beyond. Each operation offers unique opportunities for hands-on training. Some provide housing and most offer access to fresh produce and meals.

East End Food Institute connects apprentices with additional educational opportunities through our East End chapter of the Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training (CRAFT). We collaborate with farm members to organize a series of bi-weekly tours and workshops for these apprentices that run from April through October. Tours include a wide variety of farming models unique to the East End, such as vineyards, orchards, fish and shellfish hatcheries, livestock, and more. The CRAFT program also provides apprentices with an opportunity to network and socialize with members of the farming community, the local food movement, and like-minded individuals. 


For Farms and Food Businesses

Apprentice Matching is a service we provide for farms and food businesses in our community. We connect you with motivated, experienced, and well-matched apprentices to set you up for a bountiful season. AFI conducts outreach, vets applicants, and connects apprentices with farms based upon your needs. Our spring and fall CRAFT tours provide additional educational opportunities for farm apprentices.

How does it work?

Our team learns about each farm operation, advertises open positions, reviews first-round applications, and matches farms with prospective team members who meet farm-defined skill level and experience requirements. We promote open positions on targeted job boards and across social media platforms. When we find a match that meets your criteria, we will send you the application directly so you can take the next steps.

Why Participate?

We are committed to building a sustainable regional food system and that starts with supporting and educating farmers and business owners. We know you are busy planning for the growing season, so why not let us do the legwork of outreach and recruitment? Our website is search engine optimized for apprentice matching and farm apprentice program results.

Many apprentices matched by our team have stayed on the East End to work in agriculture. Amber Waves Farm, Quail Hill Farm, and Share the Harvest Farm now employ apprentices matched through our program.

“I used EEFI's apprentice matching program in 2017. I was unsure about what type of farm I was interested in and EEFI pointed me in a few different directions so I could explore my options. I wound up at Amber Waves, which was a perfect fit for me. The apprentice matching program made the application process to so many farms a little less daunting. Now I'm about to start my third season at Amber Waves, doing the most rewarding work, working with the land and giving back to the community!” Isabel Milligan, Amber Waves Farm

Important Note: In its effort to match applicants and farms, EEFI reserves the right to share applications with as many or as few participating farms as it chooses. This is a matching service only. EEFI is not responsible for the accuracy of information provided by either the farm or the applicant. Intending participants are urged to explore all aspects of the apprentice-employer relationship before moving forward. By agreeing to use this service you are agreeing that EEFI has no responsibility for the terms and conditions of the relationship or its outcome.