Staatsburg, New York
The Farm at Locusts on Hudson is seeking
three Field Apprentices and two Garden Apprentices for the 2014 season
We are a small, diversified farm located on the Hudson River in Staatsburg, New York. Our farm produces vegetables, herbs, eggs, meat and honey for restaurants locally and in NYC. Apprentices learn all aspects of managing our fields, and pastures. We host lectures and discussions for apprentices that cover a 26-week curriculum that focuses on topics related to agriculture. Apprentices also have the option to participate in CRAFT (Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training).
Vegetables, Flowers and Herbs
We grow vegetables on six acres intensively, year-round. Management begins by focusing on the balancing of plant mineral nutrients, using appropriate tillage, utilizing cover crops, and biological inoculants. We also produce specialty greens and herbs on a separate one-acre plot.
Animals graze and forage on 20 acres of pasture/woodland and are rotated frequently. We raise pigs, laying hens, donkeys and bees. Apprentices alternate livestock chores each week. Chores include: feeding and watering, moving fencing and shelters, egg collection and cleaning, transporting animals for processing, cleaning equipment, building infrastructure and monitoring animal health.
Some of what Apprentices will have the opportunity to learn
Processing, Harvesting and Marketing to Restaurants
Propagation, of Vegetables, Flowers, and Herbs.
Direct Seeding and Transplanting
Complete Mineral Balancing and the Application of Soil Amendments
Cover Crop Management
The use of Compost and Biological Inoculants
Crop Rotation and Planting Schedules
Managing Seasonal Harvest Loads
Four Season Growing: Season Extension, Greenhouses, Coldframes, Low Tunnels and Variety Selection
General Farm Carpentry
Positions Available: Three apprentices will work primarily on the six-acre vegetable field. Two apprentices will work primarily on the acre plus of greens and herbs. Each apprentice will oversee one particular area of the farm from harvest, propagation, livestock to mechanized work.
Expectations: A positive attitude, good communication skills, punctuality, flexibility, intellectual curiosity and a strong work ethic are all prerequisite.
Exchange: We offer regular classes, a daily meditation session, housing, partial board of vegetables and eggs, and a stipend.
Time Frame: Six-month apprenticeships — two start dates April 1st, three start dates May 1st
Please send resume & cover letter to: firstname.lastname@example.org