Ever dreamed of starting your own small organic farm? Take advantage of this hands-on learning opportunity through our 2015 Apprenticeship Program!
This is an intensive farming experience for anyone who is passionate about sustainable food production. Apprentices will be immersed in all aspects of the farm’s daily and seasonal operations. The season will include a variety of work with greenhouse transplants, bed preparation, field planting, weed control, pest identification and control, harvesting, marketing, tool maintenance, hoop house production, time management, volunteer coordination, record keeping, etc. Candidates interested in operating their own small farm someday are preferred. Hours will vary, but can be expected to be between 40-60 hours each week depending on the time of year. At least one full day off will be set aside every week.
We are looking for passionate, self-motivated folks that have a serious interest in all aspects of a market garden farm. Apprentices should have at least one season of prior experience working on an organic vegetable farm and a passion for working outdoors in all types of weather. Apprentices will work closely with returning staff and the farm manager at first but will be expected to be able to work independently as the season goes on. We work hard but have fun while doing it! We look for candidates with high energy and a positive attitude and take pride in their work. Our farm is small and so we are dependent on each member of the farm team to be fully engaged and committed to the season’s goals. We are looking for applicants with excellent communication skills, passion for physical labor, great attention to detail in all aspects of work, and great people skills. Experience working at a farmer’s market is a major plus.
Paid monthly stipend commensurate with experience and includes produce, housing, utilities.
Rustic private housing available. Apprentices will have a private yurt or private space in the loft . A composting toilette outhouse, solar water shower and outdoor kitchen are used communally. Laundry is not included.
In addition to getting hands-on experience with a market garden style farm, apprentices will have the opportunity to delve deeper into issues related to organic agriculture through weekly study group. Topics may include: planning, seed ordering, seed saving, soil basics, compost, pest management, marketing, business planning, etc. Field trips to neighboring farms will be planned twice per month.
Please send resume, two references and a statement of purpose to Megan DeLeeuw at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are also looking for part time marketing help for the Thursday market in Manchester, May-October. Please e-mail Megan for more details!