BFRDP Projects

Wolfe`s Neck Farm Dairy Farmer Apprenticeship Program
[Progress Report]

Award Amount: $573,256
Grant Program: 2016 Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program Awards
Project Director: David Herring
Organization: Wolfe's Neck Farm


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Project Overview

Wolfe's Neck Farm is an educational farm in Maine that runs a Dairy Farmer Apprenticeship Program (DFAP). DFAP is a two-year residential training program launched in partnership with the Wisconsin-based and nationally accredited Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship (DGA). DFAP aims to increase the production of organic milk in the Northeast while fostering the next generation of dairy farmers and improving their profitability and sustainability. To achieve this goal, DFAP is integrating the DGA program into the educational farm model at Wolfe's Neck Farm. The specific objectives of the DFAP are to (1) Expand and scale Wolfe's Neck Farm Apprentice program (2) Adapt DGA's training guidelines to an educational farm model (3) Replicate and adapt the DGA classroom education in New England (4) Identify a successful path to dairy farm operation and ownership in New England and (5) Position Wolfe's Neck Farm as a regional hub for the Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship. To achieve these objectives, Wolfe's Neck Farm has doubled its number of apprentices to 5, is developing a New England Sustainable Dairy Farming Training Manual, is developing relationships with regional education institutions, and expanding the DGA Master Training Farm model to Maine and New England. These activities give apprentices the necessary skills and training to successfully transition to sustainable dairy farm operation and ownership, an achievement that will not only strengthen the regional dairy industry but will also improve regional communities' economies.

Number of Participants: 10


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