Hill and Hollow Farm is looking for short and long term apprentices for the 2015 season.
Hill and Hollow Farm offers the opportunity for apprentices to be involved in all aspects of life on our 150-acre family farm. We rely heavily on non-mechanized “human-powered” gardening on our 5 acre mixed vegetable/herb/cut flower operation. Entering our sixteenth year of a successful CSA program, we make weekly trips to Nashville, TN to deliver seventy five baskets of vegetables to our shareholders and sell excess at the thriving downtown Nashville farmers’ market. We practice biodynamic farming and are always working to further enhance our farm’s self sustainability. A wonderful Brown Swiss milk cow, her young calf, a growing herd of Jacob’s sheep, a breeding pair of heritage breed hogs and 2 trail horses provide our farm with fertility and offer animal husbandry opportunities for our apprentices.
Having been interns ourselves while traveling and searching for this farm, we really enjoy being hosts and mentors to people interested in self sufficiency, sustainable agriculture, biodynamic farming practices, small scale dairying,, community building, on farm education, homesteading and all aspects of a diverse small farm. We welcome visitors to be involved in all activities including our shiitake mushroom operation, vegetable, herb, and flower seeding, planting, cultivating, and harvesting, and working with our livestock. You can enjoy market days with us and experience farmers’ market retail and wholesale in addition to the CSA delivery. With an ongoing relationship with the region’s Waldorf schools, our farm team has the possibility to work with school groups as well as short term guests throughout the season. With two high tunnels, one heated greenhouse and a root cellar, we are focusing more and more on year round production and delivery. For added interest we raise dye plants and use them to add color and value to our farm’s wool. Having just succeeded in a crowd funding campaign, we enter 2015 excited about our newest project: the Hill and Hollow Farm Stay and Certified Kitchen. We will be hosting on farm educational workshops, developing a line of value added products for sale at our market stand, and inviting people to enjoy our first year of farm to table events. To this end, in addition to our full time farm apprentices we are also looking for anyone with culinary skills and a strong interest in small scale farming to join the excitement of a new farm to table venture.
For anyone interested in a solid education in certified organic CSA farming, while enjoying plenty of time spent learning critical homesteading skills and on farm crafting, Hill and Hollow might just be the place for you. Join us!
Please review the application here: Hill and Hollow Farm Application