Appleton Farms hiring CSA Apprentice

Ipswich, Massachusetts


The Farm: Appleton Farms is one of the oldest continually operating farms in the country and is managed by the Trustees of Reservations, a Massachusetts nonprofit land conservation organization. Our vegetable CSA serves 550 members and vegetables are grown using organic (not certified) methods on 24 acres of land. In addition to the CSA, we sell a small amount of vegetables through the Appleton Farms Dairy Store and to a few wholesale accounts. We also aim to donate 2-3 tons of produce per year to local hunger relief organizations.

Other farm operations include haying, dairy and livestock, and educational and community events. The farm is convenient to several towns, to beautiful beaches, and to the commuter rail to Boston.

The Apprenticeship: The farm apprenticeship at Appleton is a learning and working experience. Apprentices will be involved in all aspects of organic vegetable production for our 550 shareholders.


  • General farm work: planting, seeding, weeding, hoeing, harvesting, post harvest vegetable handling, cleanup, building and grounds projects, special farm projects. Please note that CSA apprentices do not work in livestock operations.
  • Tractor work: each apprentice will be trained in the safe operation and maintenance of one of the CSA’s tractors and its implements, and will also gain familiarity with much of the equipment used by the CSA crew.
  • Shareroom hours: Each apprentice has the option to choose one distribution day to work during the week.  The responsibilities in the shareroom include stocking, checking in shareholders and ensuring a positive experience for visitors.
  • Returning apprentices have the option to take on more responsibility, such as managing the greenhouse, pick-you-own fields, tractor cultivation, or managing harvest days

Work Schedule:

  • April to November 2014.
  • Mondays – Fridays 6am to 5pm during height of season. 15 minute morning break and one hour paid lunch.
  • One Saturday per month (7:30am-12:30pm) during the height of the growing season (June-September).
  • Optional evening hours working share distribution


  • Ability to handle physically strenuous, repetitive tasks in all weather. Ability to work bending over for hours at a time each day. Apprentices should also be able to lift 50 lbs
  • Apprentices should possess the ability to work quickly, and desire to learn to work faster.
  • Good communication skills, sense of humor, upbeat attitude.
  • Detail-oriented and punctual
  • A valid driver’s license and clean driving record.
  • Previous farming experience is a plus.
  • We are particularly excited about applicants who are interested in potentially staying on for a two-season apprenticeship.


  • Compensation for first year apprentices is $9.00 per hour. Hours vary seasonally, but apprentices can expect to start off around 40 hours/week in April, 55 hours/week by June, with hours tapering off again beginning in September.
  • Apprentices have the option to participate in employer sponsored health insurance.
  • Housing is available for apprentices at a property 4 miles from the farm. Each apprentice will have their own room. Rent is $50/week and includes all utilities and internet.
  • Farm produce: as much farm grown produce as the apprentice can use.
  • Training: access to planning documents and records, farmer’s library; farm safety training; tractor operation and maintenance training; option to participate in Eastern Mass CRAFT program (; option to attend NOFA summer conference, and other events as they arise; continued consulting and assistance with post apprenticeship job placement if desired.
  • Time off: one week paid vacation, usually in July or August.
  • Free admission to all Trustees of Reservations properties, including nearby Crane Beach.

To Apply, send letter and resume to:

Appleton Farms CSA
Lise Holdorf, CSA Manager
219 County Road
Ipswich, MA 01938

(978) 356-1655×16