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 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.

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.

Apprentice Applicants

East End Food Institute’s 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 mentors include a wide variety of food businesses, including bakers, beverage makers, farmers, fisherman, and more. Each operation offers unique opportunities for hands-on training. Some provide housing and some offer access to additional benefits such as free food. 

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. 

If you are interested in apprenticing at one of our mentor sites, please fill out this application. We will follow up in 1-2 weeks.

Host Sites for 2021: 

Browder's Birds, Mattituck NY. We are a certified organic, pasture raised poultry farm growing 2 breeds of meat chickens, 4 breeds of egg laying chickens, 3 breeds of ducks for eggs, Thanksgiving turkeys, flock of Cotswold sheep for wool and honey bees for honey. We have a chicken and egg CSA, sell at our farm stand, at East End farmers markets, at other East End farm stands, at certain retailers and restaurants. We process all poultry on farm in our Mobile Poultry Processing Unit and compost all waste that is then returned to our pasture. We rotationally graze all poultry in a highly orchestrated manner insuring they live on fresh pasture at all times.

Deep Roots Farm, Southold NY. We are a small, highly diversified farm raising livestock, fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers using sustainably minded practices. This will be our 9th season.  We spent 2020 experimenting with no till/reduced tillage practices and we will be transitioning the majority of our farm to permanent/ no till beds this upcoming season. 

East End Food Institute, Southampton NY. East End Food Institute (formerly Amagansett Food Institute) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that builds partnerships among farmers, food producers, and food consumers on the East End of Long Island. Our members work together to create a more economically-viable, environmentally-sustainable, more efficient, and equitable local food system. We are seeking a food production assistant to work from June-- October 2021. The ideal candidate will have experience working in food preparation in a restaurant or other food production facility. Candidates must be able to understand, speak, and follow recipes in English and/or Spanish and be able to lift packages up to 30 lbs.

Kombat-cha, Southampton NY. Locally brewed kombucha company looking to scale and expand across the region.

Lazy Point Farms, Southampton NY. Lazy Point Farms, a project of the Moore Family Charitable Foundation, is partnering with eleven oyster growers, town entities and NGOs all over Long Island to learn more about sugar kelp cultivation, harvest, and processing on Long Island. We are seeking an energetic, flexible person to help us harvest and process our sugar kelp in April, May and June 2021. 

Sang Lee Farms, Inc, Peconic NY. Our farm is an 80 acre organic farm on the North Fork of Long Island. We grow hundreds of different varieties of vegetables and we sell only direct to consumer via CSA, farmer's markets, and at our large bustling retail market on site. We have a certified organic kitchen on site which we make all value added items and healthy ready-to-eat foods featuring our produce. We farm year round using unheated greenhouses and sell through a winter farmer's market. We are looking for enthusiastic and hardworking candidates for the 2021 season to work in our fields, at the farmstand and markets, and in our kitchen. We are passionate about farming organically because we believe in caring for the soil, the land, and our future generations. 

Share the Harvest Farm, East Hampton NY. Share the Harvest is a mixed vegetable farm whose mission is to grow organic produce for donation to East End food pantries, senior centers, affordable housing, and other hunger-relief charities. In the past, our apprentices have been involved in all aspects of what we do: field and greenhouse farming, farm stand operations, CSA distribution, fresh produce deliveries, and education programs.

South Fork Bakery, Amagansett NY. Wholesale Not for Profit Bakery with a mission to train and employ adults with disabilities.

Sylvester Manor Educational Farm, Shelter Island NY. Once a Native American (Manhansett) hunting, fishing and farming ground, Sylvester Manor has since 1651 been home to eleven generations of its original European settler family. Gifted to the Shelter Island community in 2014, the 235-acre historic site is the most intact slaveholding plantation remnant north of Virginia. Sylvester Manor sits on Gardiners Creek and has been transformed to an Enlightenment-era farm, then to a pioneering food industrialist’s estate and today to a nonprofit organic educational farm and vibrant arts and education center with programs open to all. The property includes the original Manor House built in 1735, a timber frame farmstand and a 19th century windmill. 

We currently grow 3 acres of mixed vegetables and are fencing an additional 3 acres for 2021, 1 of which we plan to manage using no-till methods. In 2020 we raised 15 pigs on 2 acres of marginal woodlands and hope to expand pig production in 2021. We also have 60 acres of perennial pasture we intend to manage with livestock. We are expanding livestock operations and are considering adding broilers, laying hens, sheep and goats to our systems (to be determined). Our vegetables are distributed through a CSA (community supported agriculture) program and on-site farmstand. The farmstand sells our produce, pork and other locally produced products. Leftover shares from our CSA in 2020 were donated to the Shelter Island Food Pantry and Shelter Island School. Starting in 2021, we will be implementing a sliding-scale CSA membership and providing donated shares for local families in need. 

Sylvester Manor's History and Heritage Programming is centered around telling the whole story of all the people who lived here throughout time. We also have farm-based educational programming, music concerts, archaeological digs, fundraising events and other community programming.  

Tulo M*lk, Southampton NY. is a modern day milkman with a plant based twist. We offer fresh nut-milk deliveries weekly from Southampton to Amagansett as well as selling at farmers markets during the peak season. Our ingredients are all organic, and our products never contain any of the additives or stabilizers that you typically find in store bought nut-milks. We pride ourselves on having the richest, creamiest plant based milks on the market!

    Apprentice Testimonials 

    “I used AFI [now EEFI]’s apprentice matching program in 2017. I was unsure about what type of farm I was interested in and AFI 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, 2019 

    “My internship at ELIJA Farm has been fantastic, I’ve learned so much about farming as well as working with people on the autism spectrum. When I first started at ELIJA I had a lot to learn about farming, thanks to the fantastic team here I have a lot more knowledge on the subject. I also didn’t have very much exposure to working with people on the autism spectrum, but after a season I have a lot more confidence working with both young adults and children. Initially when I began working at ELIJA I didn’t realize how well of a match it would be, it’s very rewarding work that unites many different members of the community.”

    Michael Howell, ELIJA Farm, 2019

    "I was an apprentice at the Share the Harvest Farm, a local non-profit farm in East Hampton, NY, that primarily serves food pantries, low income housing, and other fresh food insecure populations. The people at STH (both the farm manager and my fellow farm crew apprentices) are amazing and they made my time a summer to remember...I created amazing connections, had meaningful conversations, and learned so much that I’ll take with me for the rest of my life. It’s physically demanding work but definitely worthwhile if you love it!"

    Myra Arshad, Share the Harvest Farm, 2020