Organic growers group launch farm apprenticeship programmes

An innovative apprenticeship programme has been launched by the Organic Growers of Ireland.
Organic growers group launch farm apprenticeship programmes

Drafted as a response to a lack of practical, hands-on training available in the sector, it will run on six organic farms across the country.

Funding by the Department of Agriculture, Food, and the Marine has ensured that the pilot programme can be offered in 2014.

The programme involves a six-month placement on a commercial organic farm, with structured training delivered by experts in the sector.

The host farms involved will employ the successful applicants directly and the training programme will be run by the Organic Growers of Ireland.

The programme has been designed for growers who want to upskill and pursue a career in the organic horticultural sector, by learning from the experience of well-established growers.

Programme co-ordinator Jason Horner said he expects demand will be high for the six places available.

“This is the first programme of its kind that has been developed specifically for organic growing.

“Our long-term goal is that it will increase the number of growers in Ireland who can supply Irish-grown produce into the market, as demand continues to increase,” he said.

Full details of the programme are available on organicgrowersireland.org

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