Full-Time Organic Farm Apprentice
Employment Dates: Seasonal Seasonal, April through October
Edible Earth Farm is a small USDA certified organic farm located along the Allegheny River and beside the Allegheny National Forest in Tionesta, Pennsylvania. Edible Earth Farm manages a 250+ member CSA program, participates in local farmer’s markets and supplies regional restaurants, grocery stores and institutional kitchens. In addition to growing certified organic vegetables, fruit, mushrooms and ginger, the farm also raises poultry and hogs.
About the Program
Apprentices will get the opportunity to manage several crops and oversee them from seed to sale. The farm prides itself in its Apprenticeship program that serves as a model for other farms. Farm Managers Johnny and April have a combined 20+ years of management experience. They understand how to manage large teams with an eye toward the individual. Apprentices receive a highly competitive stipend, have a 5-day workweek and get the opportunity to tour a minimum of two farms over the course of a season.
Organic Farm Apprenticeship Description
The farm Apprentices will work closely with the Crew Lead. They will be involved in all aspects of the farming operation including harvesting, field work, greenhouse production, construction, livestock care, chicken processing, property maintenance and retail sales.
Duties and Requirements will include but are not limited to:
Field Work: field prep, planting, weeding, harvesting, crop maintenance, irrigation setup and maintenance and field cleanup
Post-harvest Handling: washing and packaging of produce as needed
Field Scouting: monitoring plant health and pest pressure
Property Maintenance: mowing, trimming, planting, weeding
Livestock Management: watering, feeding and movement of pastured chickens and hogs
Chicken Processing: set up and sterilization of processing equipment, processing of chickens, break down and cleanup
Produce and Prepare Value-added Products: work in our commercial kitchen canning and preparing fresh food for resale
Construction: help with farm infrastructure projects including high tunnel construction
Ideal candidates will have a good attitude, have good interpersonal skills, be a hard working, be enthusiast, be a team player, be flexible, appreciate good food and be willing to work independently. Apprentices must be able to follow directions, be quick to learn, take criticism and be detail-oriented. Must be physically fit and able to lift 60 pounds. Must have a car for transportation. Non-smoking work environment. No pets.
Full time hours are 45-50 hours a week.
Position is from April – Oct.
Please send letter of interest and resume via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Must be prepared to provide 3 work references (not a relative), if you are to be hired.
$1000 stipend a month minimum + comfortable housing with heating and kitchen + educational opportunities + fresh food in season + access to a commercial kitchen.