The Farm at Locusts on Hudson hiring three Field Apprentices and two Garden Apprentices

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.

Livestock

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

Animal Care

Pasture Rotation

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: locustsfarmer@gmail.com

 

thank you!

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