Native American Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Apprenticeship

As part of its ‘Developing Food and Agricultural Career Pathways for Lumbee Youth’ project, the Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) in partnership with Robeson Community College and the University of North Carolina Pembroke is seeking highly-motivated students and/or young adults interested in pursuing careers in agriculture, agricultural business or food systems to participate in a hands-on apprenticeship program. Apprentices will work on local Lumbee-owned food and farm businesses in Robeson County, NC. Learn more and apply for the Native American Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Apprenticeship.

We will prioritize the health and safety of internship participants and everyone affiliated with the program above all else. At this point in time, we are planning to hold the Native American Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Apprenticeship in person beginning April/May of 2021. During the apprenticeship, we will follow the recommended protocols from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the state of North Carolina. Because of the nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, guidance is subject to change. Please check back here regularly for the most up-to-date information.


Sustainable Agriculture Apprenticeships

CEFS’ Sustainable Agriculture Apprenticeship Program is a hands-on work and study program that trains participants in many aspects of sustainable agriculture production, research, and education, as well as provides networking opportunities across the state.

Apprenticeships are offered in several different focus areas; apprentices apply to the specific apprenticeship that best fits their skills, interests, and career goals. The 2020 Sustainable Agriculture Apprenticeships are being offered at CEFS’ Field Research, Education, and Outreach Facility at Cherry Research Farm in Goldsboro, NC and at the NC State University Agroecology Education Farm in Raleigh, NC.  Apprenticeship appointments are for six or nine months, with a flexible start date between March and May 2020. 

Due to the current COVID-19 (Coronavirus) crisis we are not starting any new Sustainable Agriculture apprenticeships. Once normal operations resume at NC State University we will update the application process. Thank you for your patience.