Wilton, New Hampshire
The Temple-Wilton Community Farm Cooperative in Wilton, NH is looking for a cheese-making apprentice for April- October. This is a unique opportunity to learn about cheese production and dairy farming on the oldest continuously operating CSA farm in the country. We are looking for a self-motivated, sustainability-minded individual with a love of cheese and a sincere interest in learning how to make and care for it.
Temple-Wilton Community Farm is a diversified 200 plus acre biodynamic farm in the hills of southern New Hampshire. We operate a year-round raw milk dairy and farmstead cheese production facility. We also grow 50 types of vegetables and herbs on 7 acres, and raise pasture-raised pigs, chicken, and sheep.
Our creamery is a small (but ever-expanding) artisanal production based on the farm. We have a dedicated cheese-making facility, as well as a cave for ripening and aging. The apprentice will work closely with our cheese-maker, producing a variety of cheeses and learning the fine art of affinage (aging). Other duties will include making yogurt, stocking the farm store, helping to manage milk supply, and going to a few farmers markets a week. You will also participate in some farm-related activities, possibly taking on milking duties. Throughout your time on the farm, you will learn an exceptional amount about making cheese, and will have the freedom to take on your own projects using the knowledge you have gained.
The apprentice will be provided with shared housing on the farm, full board (food from the farm that can be cooked communally in the apprentice kitchen), and a stipend of $500 a month, including workman’s compensation coverage. The apprentice will work 6 days a week, and will ideally stay on the farm from April 1st (or mid-April) through the end of October, though these dates and the total length of stay are open to discussion.
We are looking for someone who pays close attention to details, is precise, efficient, and cleanly. These qualities are essential to cheese-making. More generally, our ideal candidate is communicative, hard-working, flexible, and patient. A realistic expectation and understanding of what working and living on a farm entails is also important.
Above all, we are looking for someone with a love of cheese and a sincere interest in learning and growing throughout their time here.
If you are interested in this position, please email Andrew Kennedy at firstname.lastname@example.org. Tell us a little bit about who you are and why you are interested in this cheese-making apprenticeship and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
We look forward to hearing from you!