At the completion of a two-year apprenticeship at the Lutheran Institute of Regenerative Agriculture, the apprentice will
- Know how to raise chickens for meat, from hatching to harvest and processing.
- Know how to manage an egg-laying flock.
- Know how to raise pigs on pasture, from farrowing to harvest and processing.
- Know how to raise cattle on pasture, from calving to harvest and processing.
- Be able to utilize multiple permaculture techniques for gardening, and know how to preserve fruits and vegetables.
- Understand the vital place of soil health in producing healthy, nourishing, nutrient dense food and be able to improve that health through grazing.
- Be able to establish and maintain systems and infrastructure to provide food for a family or for the community.
- Know the business of farming and the marketing and sale of local food, attaining the skills necessary to run a successful farming venture, on a for-profit or homestead scale.
- Be able to place the raising and harvesting of plants and animals within the framework of Lutheran theology and a classical understanding of man’s place in God’s creation.