First Nations’ Native Farmer and Rancher Apprenticeship Network was launched in fall 2021 to provide training and Technical Assistance (TA) as well as networking opportunities to a cohort of 30 select Native American Beginning Farmer and Ranchers (BFRs). The purpose of this apprenticeship is to support Native BFRs to build their business capacity and agricultural management of their operations to increase local production of and community access to food, conservation plan development, business plan development, marketing/branding, Native agricultural traditions, and natural resources management.
Eligible applicants for the network should be located in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Arizona, or New Mexico, and be willing to commit to a 30-month apprenticeship, which will involve traveling to regional in-person trainings, participating in virtual webinars and fieldwork, and networking with other producers.
Apprenticeship support is made possible through funding from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, United States Department of Agriculture.
The apprenticeship period is February 1, 2022, to July 31, 2024.
The application process for the apprenticeship ended in December 2021, and selected members will be announced in summer 2022.