Apprentice Matching

Apprentice Matching is a service we provide to help you recruit apprentices for your farm or food business. If you are new to the program, please scroll down to find out more. If you’re ready to go, ⇨Sign up for Apprentice Matching and complete a short questionnaire

What’s new this year? 

  • We will no longer charge a fee for the program, but Apprentice Matching will only be available to EEFI members ($150 annual membership fee which includes other benefits).
  • Host farm/business descriptions will be listed on our website and application so applicants can get a more specific sense of what opportunities we offer. They can also choose which site(s) they are applying for during the application process. 
  • We will schedule a call with each host/mentor once they sign up for the program to learn more about their needs and to communicate expectations and protocols around what we offer. 
  • We are expanding our promotional pool to focus less on national colleges and universities and more on local schools and community organizations as a first step towards reaching a more diverse applicant group. If any of you have suggestions or have come across best practices for equitable messaging and marketing please let us know!

What is Apprentice Matching? We know you are busy running & operating your business and prepping for the coming season, so why not let us help out with recruitment? The goal is to provide support in outreach and interviewing of apprentices. 

How does it work? We learn about your business operation, advertise open positions, review first-round applications, and match you with prospective candidates. We promote open positions across social media platforms in addition to marketing on targeted job boards and beyond. 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? Many apprentices matched by our team have stayed on the East End to work in food. Amber Waves Farm, Sylvester Manor, and Share the Harvest Farm have employed but a few success stories, and the program growth has led to our website being featured at the top of Internet search results. 

We also offer additional learning opportunities for apprentices through the East End chapter of the Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training (CRAFT). East End Food Institute collaborates with farm members to organize a series of bi-weekly tours and workshops that runs from April through October. The CRAFT tours provide an added value for apprentices looking to work on the East End, and we strongly encourage all farm members to participate by hosting or attending tours. 

How can I sign up? Apprentice Matching is available to all current EEFI members at the $150 level or above. If you need to renew your annual membership, now is a great time to do so! Please refer to our website for a reminder of membership benefits. CRAFT remains a no-cost program with the goal of supporting local farms, food businesses, and their teams. Please reach out if you have any questions or comments.

"I am so grateful to have come across the East End Food Institute Apprenticeship Matching service. As someone who is not from with the area and was not familiar with farms on the island, it was helpful to discuss what I was looking to gain from a farming apprenticeship and narrow down programs that aligned with my interests, goals, and values. I ended up working at Sylvester Manor Educational Farm on Shelter Island. My time here has been both enriching and formative. I’ve learned a tremendous amount about the intricacies of small-scale farming and developed a real appreciation for the hard work that goes into growing food. Beyond the daily fieldwork, I’ve had several opportunities to engage in other facets of the organization: working on a composting program for the farm, running educational tours for families, and learning the operations of the farm stand. I look forward to continuing in this line of work and seeing where this experience takes me." 

- Delaney Sondag

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.