Abundance Farm hiring Apprentice

Keysville, Virginia

Full-Time Farm Apprentice
Number of Open Positions: 1
App Deadline: Open until filled
Minimum Age Requirement: 21

Elli Sparks and Rob Staropoli started Abundance Farm several years ago while living in downtown Richmond, Virginia.  Packing up kids, ducks, chickens, and tools, they moved to Keysville, Virginia and expanded their farm from ¼ acre to 111 acres.  Guernsey dairy cows, British White beef cattle, and American Guinea Hogs joined the menagerie of farm animals.  Rotating through the woodlands and pastures, these animals help build top soil and sequester carbon.  Inspired by Elli’s healing journey in which she used food to cure autoimmune illnesses, Rob and Elli grow nutrient dense food and work to ensure that their customers learn how to properly prepare that food to promote healing and growth.

We are offering a full-time apprenticeship for one individual.

We have already filled our part-time apprenticeship.  In addition, weekend volunteers and WWOOFers will also be working on the farm from time to time.

This apprenticeship is for you if you want make a difference in the world, help people heal with nutrient dense food, learn how to ferment, become proficient in cheese making, work closely with animals, enjoy the outdoors, and value hard work.

For further information or to schedule a visit, please contact Elli at 804-475-6775 or elli@abundance-farm.com


  • The Full Time Farm Apprentice will receive a stipend of $250/month. First and last month’s stipend will be pro-rated based on days worked.
  • Abundance Farm apprentices receive housing in the Apprentice House, a 1900’s farmhouse with in which each apprentice has a private bedroom as well as access to a big kitchen and indoor bathroom.
  • We invite apprentices to set up a small vegetable garden for supplemental food supply and learning experience.  Abundance Farm will provide tools.
  • When Abundance Farm is in peak harvest season, the apprentice household will receive supplemental food each week to include eggs, meat, and vegetables.

TO APPLY: Please e-mail a cover letter and resume to Elli Sparks at elli@abundance-farm.com