BROOKWOOD COMMUNITY FARM Apprenticeship 2014
BCF is adding to our team for the 2014 season! We are looking for enthusiastic people to share our passion for growing food.
BCF seeks applicants who are excited to learn about small scale agriculture while working on a fast-paced production farm. Previous farming experience is a plus, but not required. We are looking for responsible individuals with a good sense of humor who enjoy working hard as part of a team. You must be able to follow and clearly give directions, not be afraid to ask questions, make mistakes and laugh in the face of adversity. You must have the ability and interest to work long hours in all types of weather: rain, heat, cold and worst of all, wind. You must be able to perform physically demanding and repetitive tasks and be able to safely lift 50 lbs. You must have a valid driver’s license and a clean driving record. Ideal candidates would enjoy a workplace that is open to the public and our unique suburban location.
Brookwood Community Farm is a 6-acre farm that grows diversified vegetables and flowers in Milton, MA. Using organic methods (not certified) we provide produce for a 200-member CSA, a weekly farmer’s market, subsidized low-income markets, and donations to local food pantries. As a non-profit community farm we are open to the public and offer educational and volunteer opportunities for our CSA members, youth and corporate groups. For more information about the farm and our mission, please visit our website. http://www.brookwoodcommunityfarm.org
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About the Apprenticeship
Our apprenticeship is an on-the-job training opportunity. Apprentices will learn many aspects of operating a small vegetable farm through various hands-on tasks including greenhouse work, tractor work, harvesting, planting, weeding, distributing and marketing produce, and working directly with the field crew, CSA members, and volunteers. Throughout the growing season, apprentices will work closely with the farm managers and have access to our planning materials.
Apprentices will have the opportunity to learn outside of the farm from other farmers in the area through bi-weekly CRAFT (Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training) gatherings. These events are great opportunities for both experienced and novice farmers to exchange knowledge with each other. For more information about CRAFT, please visit: http://www.emasscraft.org/
Additionally, NOFA (Northeast Organic Farming Association) holds frequent workshops and an annual summer farmer’s conference that we encourage apprentices to attend. Please visit: http://www.nofamass.org/ for more information.
Our farm apprenticeship runs full-time from April 1st – November 2nd. The work schedule generally runs from Tuesday through Saturday and the hours are 7am – 5pm with an hour for lunch for the majority of the season.
Apprentices are paid $400 per week, produce from the farm, discounts on off-farm products such as eggs and fruit and 5 paid vacation days. You will have access to a $250 education stipend for a workshop or conference of your choice and a $100 equipment stipend.
There is no housing available on the farm however we may be able to assist in finding rooms to rent for the season.
Please send in a cover letter, resume, and three references to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis until filled so please send in your application ASAP. Please contact us if you have any questions.