Workforce Development


Miranda Capriotti | Outreach & Education Manager |

East End CRAFT

East End Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training (CRAFT) is a cooperative effort of local farms organized to enhance educational opportunities for farm apprentices. Apprentices on farms that participate in the CRAFT program experience a diversity of successful farm models and join a community of fellow apprentices and farmers.

East End Food Institute collaborates with farm members to organize a series of bi-weekly tours and workshops for these apprentices that runs in the spring and the fall each year. The tours and workshops give them a chance to broaden their knowledge by exploring other farming models than the ones they're associated with. They also get to see a diversity of food producing ventures unique to the East End, such as vineyards, orchards, fish and shellfish hatcheries, and more. Local experts add to the experience through lectures and demonstrations. The CRAFT program also gives apprentices a chance to network and socialize with members of the farming community and people of similar interests.

Upcoming CRAFT Events

Apprentice Matching

We know you are busy running and operating your business and prepping for the coming season, so why not let us help out with recruitment? Apprentice Matching is a free service we provide to our Business Members to help recruit apprentices for local farm and food businesses. The program runs from late December through the end of March each year. 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. We offer additional learning opportunities for apprentices through the East End chapter of the Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training (CRAFT). We collaborate with farm members to organize a series of tours and workshops that run 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 a free service we provide to our Business Members. 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.