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Alumna Kelly O’Connell becomes one of the first three to graduate from Wolfe’s Neck Center’s Organic Dairy Apprenticeship Program, in ME.


Wolfe’s Neck Center’s First Three Organic Dairy Apprenticeship Program Graduates Enter Maine’s Farming Industry

FREEPORT, Maine, Jan. 23, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — The first three apprentices have graduated the Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship Program at Wolfe’s Neck Center for Agriculture & the Environment. Kelly O’Connell, Lauren Robertson, and Josh Harlan recently completed the two year, first-of-its-kind residential training program, offered in partnership with NH-based Stonyfield Organic and the WI-based Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship. This comes at a time when an aging farmer population and loss of small family farms is challenging the sector nationwide.

“The dairy grazing apprenticeship has not only taught me how to work with and feed animals,” says Robertson, of Portland, Oregon, “but has also taught me about management, animal health, how to operate equipment, and how to work and make decisions with other farmers.”

Robertson came to Wolfe’s Neck Center after apprenticing at Aldermere Farm in Rockport, Maine and was drawn to the public nature of the program. It gave her the confidence to walk onto any farm and “just pick up where I left off at Wolfe’s Neck.”

Read the full announcement.