Gibbet Hill Farm hiring Apprentices

Groton, Massachusetts

About Gibbet Hill Farm

Gibbet Hill Farm (http://www.gibbethillfarm.com/) is a 3 acre sustainably-grown vegetable and berry farm located in Groton, MA.  We also raise a small amount of grass-fed lamb (5-10 head).  The farm is part of the Webber Restaurant Group and is dedicated solely to supplying produce and meat to the 5 chefs within the restaurant group.  Two of the venues (Gibbet Hill Grill and The Barn at Gibbet Hill) are located on the farm and customers are highly encouraged to hike the walking trails and visit with the farmers and livestock.  The other venues are located in Hingham and Burlington, MA.  This is a very exciting time for the farm as we are planning to increase acreage with the help of a local private school, and expand our crop plan by adding a small heirloom apple orchard, blueberries and flowers this season.

We are now taking applications for 2 apprentices to work side-by-side with the farm manager at the forefront of the farm-to-restaurant movement in New England.  The apprentices will be an integral part of all day-to-day operations, including greenhouse seeding, field planting, tractor skills, soil health, weed and pest management, harvesting, livestock chores, care of perennial fruit crops, and the necessary quality-controls required for growing for restaurants.  Apprentices will also be driving the deliveries to the Hingham and Burlington restaurants and will be tending to a small raised bed garden at one of the off-site locations.  Apprentices will also help lead any volunteer or student groups that come to work on the farm.

Qualifications

Gibbet Hill Farm is a small farm with a big heart and is part of an amazing larger family in the restaurant world!  The farm manager here has a lot of enthusiasm and energy and is looking for a team that is just as enthusiastic and loves to farm no matter what the conditions.  We are looking for individuals who are energetic, friendly, and passionate about a career in sustainable agriculture and producing really good food.  Individuals must be excited for the physically demanding schedule, tasks, and pace of the farm season.  Ideally, you are someone who loves working hard towards a great goal, has an awesome positive attitude, works well both in a team and independently, and has 1 year of experience working on a production farm.  Being punctual and having good time management skills are key.  You must be able to lift 50 lbs repeatedly and have a valid driver’s license.

Hours

The apprenticeship will run from the beginning of April until the beginning of November.  The hours worked/week will fluctuate with the growing season, ranging from 35-55 hours/week, 5 days a week.  Apprentices are required to cover weekend chores on a rotational basis.  A maximum of 5 unpaid vacation days are available to be taken all at once or spread out through the season.

Compensation

The position pays $10/hr plus overtime ($15/hr for any hour over 40) and produce from the farm.  A free staff meal is served everyday in the restaurant at 3pm, which is available for you to have as a take-home meal.  Discounts are available at all the restaurants.  Free admittance to the 2 farm-to-table dinners is provided.  Apprentices will be highly encouraged to attend the biweekly emassCRAFT meetings to further their learning experience and have a $100 stipend to use at one of the local farming conferences.  There is no on-farm housing available.

Applying

Interested persons should email a resume and cover letter to Farm Manager, Molly DellaRoman at molly@gibbethill.com.

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