The Poughkeepsie Farm Project hiring Farming Apprentice

Poughkeepsie, New York

The Poughkeepsie Farm Project, in Poughkeepsie NY, seeks farming apprentice for 2014!

The Poughkeepsie Farm Project’s Farming for the City program provides participants with the foundational knowledge to pursue a career in small-scale vegetable production. Over the last 15 years, more than 40 alumni have graduated from our programs. Many have continued their careers in agriculture, becoming farm managers and even starting their own farms. Apprentices and interns work on a 14-acre farm with PFP staff to grow over 200 varieties of vegetables and fruit. We provide food for a 450 member CSA while contributing to the Poughkeepsie Farm Project’s larger mission of working towards a just and sustainable food system in the Hudson Valley.

We are currently accepting applications for:

  •   One 7-month farm apprenticeship (beginning of April thru end of October)

Because the start date for this position is coming up soon, we can be flexible for the right candidate.

Over the course of the season apprentices and interns will have exposure to a wide range of farming activities and skills including:

  •   Greenhouse seeding and management
  •   Transplanting and farm bed preparation
  •   Crop management and irrigation
  •   Harvest and CSA distribution set-up
  •   Managing farm volunteers
  •   Tractor operation and safety

In addition, apprentices and interns participate in farmer-led workshops, Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training (CRAFT) farm visits and occasional work with youth and volunteer groups visiting our farm.

Compensation for these positions includes:

  •   A bi-weekly stipend
  •   A small farm share
  •   Experience and education based training

At this time we do not provide housing for apprentices.

We seek dependable, good-natured apprentices and interns with active interests in food and farming. Applicants should have good communication skills, the ability to take initiative and a desire to be a part of bringing about positive community change.

We are currently accepting all applications, especially from those that can start in early April.  We encourage applicants to schedule a visit to the farm for a tour and a chance to meet the farmers. For more information and an application, please contact Jesica Clark.