West Virginia – Sprouting Farms hiring Apprentices

Talcott, West Virginia

Introduction:

The Sprouting Farms Apprenticeship is an advanced farm business training program designed to prepare students for the realities of owning, operating, and / or managing an agricultural business. We offer new and beginning farmers a supportive and intensive learning experience focused on economic, environmental and social sustainability. Apprentices matriculating into their second year can apply to the Sprouting Farms incubator farm where they can access land, resources, and guidance as they launch their agricultural business.

The Apprenticeship will run for a full farm season, between March 1, 2018 and October 31, 2018. You will complete 600 hours of paid on-the-job training over the course of the eight months, and spend another 200 classroom hours on related coursework and business development.

Participants will have access to a variety of growing spaces. Depending on your experience and your intention, participants will have access to outdoor growing space and / or a shared on-site high-tunnel. These spaces are meant to be used as a space to explore production techniques, potential marketable products, and any other approved business plans apprentices express interest in pursuing.

Sprouting Farms organizes farm tours and hosts educational potluck discussions to bring together friends from across the farming community. You will have the opportunity to meet and network with local farmers, community members, and agricultural professionals in the community.

Apprenticeship specifics:

The Sprouting Farms Apprenticeship is designed for individuals with a solid foundation of farm knowledge and skills; those who are looking to deepen their experience managing a successful farm business; and those with a goal of running their own farm enterprise. The majority of the apprenticeship will be focused on experiential learning, or learning by doing. Apprentices will be asked to apply diverse agriculture theories and practices, collect and analyze data, and use their findings to adapt and strengthen their final business plan.

The Apprenticeship is best understood when broken down into its three components.

1. Paid “on-the-job training.”

On-the-job training consists of learning the skills, knowledge, and competencies needed for apprentices to perform a specific task on a production site. This experiential skill development uses regular and existing workplace tools, equipment, and tasks to teach apprentices how to effectively observe, plan, evaluate and manage a production farm.

We are excited to offer our apprentices a small, subsidized wage for their on-the-job training. Apprentices will work approximately 20 hours per week at the Sprouting Farms production site and/or on mentor farm sites as the season progresses. Wages are $9/hour for up to 600 hours, or up to $5,400 over the course of the apprenticeship.

2. Related coursework.

In addition to the on-the-job training performed at the Sprouting Farms production farm and on mentor sites, apprentices will spend another 200 hours on related coursework. Related coursework is best understood as time spent in a more formalized, instructional classroom style learning. As an apprentice, your related training will have two main concentrations with additional space for electives that allow you and your cohort to pursue specialty and niche crops and production styles. Think of it this way:

Business courses. Business development courses are at the heart of the apprentice experience. We want to support you as you develop your farming enterprise. A six-module farm business course is taught by Dee Singh-Knights, an Agricultural Economics Specialist with WVU Extension, where you will learn to prepare enterprise budgets, evaluate market demand, and develop a five-page business plan. This course will be supplemented by workshops and presentations covering topics such as risk management, accounting, finance, access to capital for farmers, risk management and insurance, marketing and outreach.

Production courses. This classroom time is intended to augment your on-the-job training. You are expected to attend a carefully designed series of classes facilitated by WVU Extension Services, WVSU Extension Services, Natural Resource Conservation Service, Sprouting Farms staff, and other agricultural service agencies from around the region. Topics may include: soil fertility and integrated pest management; farm and production planning; succession planning, food safety and post-harvest handling; tractor and equipment safety and use; farm carpentry and building infrastructure; and the list goes on.

Elective courses. Apprentices will submit learning goals and a skills map at the beginning of the apprenticeship to be used as a guide for your experience. The Education Coordinator will review these documents alongside you and your cohort, and identify and connect you to experienced farmers and business owners in the area who can support your learning goals. This is a space to explore niche crops and specialty production techniques that you may not otherwise see listed in the syllabus.

3. Agriculture enterprise development.

Please think about this portion of your apprenticeship as personalized farm business support. The Education Coordinator is your advocate and will provide support and connect you to resources as you work through the business planning process. Over the course of the apprenticeship you will have the opportunity to connect with agriculture experts and local business owners in the region as you develop your business concept.

A business coach from the West Virginia HIVE, an initiative of the New River Gorge Regional Development Authority, will meet with you (individually and in group settings) on numerous occasions to mentor, guide, and support you as you develop your business plan. You are encouraged to use these resources to plan your business, develop creative branding techniques, and identify potential markets. At the conclusion of the apprenticeship, you will have the opportunity to present your business plan to a diverse community of your peers, mentors, and agriculture experts for constructive feedback.

A link to our application and website is here: http://www.sproutingfarms.org/apprenticeship.html

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Pennsylvania – New Morning Farm hiring Two Positions

Hustontown, PA
New Morning Farm

Organic Vegetable Apprenticeship

This is a family farm, owned and operated by Jim and Moie Kimball Crawford, located in the rural ridges and valleys of south central PA. New Morning Farm produces approximately 60 different crops, all certified organic. Crops include berries and herbs in addition to most standard garden vegetables. Produce is marketed directly to customers in Washington D.C. at farmers’ markets and via an organic growers’ cooperative. The farm employs six to eight year-round employees and approximately 25 seasonal workers and apprentices. The farming apprenticeship program is well developed and has helped many aspiring growers launch their own farming careers.

Apprenticeship Starts: April-May 2018
Apprenticeship Ends: Thanksgiving
Number of Interns: 3
App Deadline: 04-01-2018

Compensation: 1000+/mo commensurate with experience, full room and board

Skills Desired: Previous work on farms and/or outdoor physical labor is helpful but not necessary. Enthusiasm, work ethic, and willingness to work as a team are qualities that make for a successful apprenticeship.

Please visit www.newmorningfarm.net/employment for more details.

Please contact jobs@newmorningfarm.net.

 

Experienced Field Manager

New Morning Farm

Our 45-year-old certified-organic family vegetable farm in PA needs an experienced Field Mananger, responsible for equipment, soils, crop establishment, etc. Work with a great team, the best equipment, excellent soils, and incredible markets. Watch your own decisions and efforts result in high-quality, profitable, organic crops. $33-36K to start, plus profit share. Long term situation with bright future, including possibility of work-to-own; we farm with less stress and more satisfaction.

Please visit www.newmorningfarm.net/employment for more details.

jobs@newmorningfarm.net

Connecticut – Fort Hill Farm hiring Apprentices

New Milford, Connecticut

Fort Hill Farm is a 20-acre farm in the hills of northwestern Connecticut producing certified organic vegetables, herbs, and flowers. Our markets include a 300 share CSA, three farmers markets, and wholesale accounts.   The farm is leased from Sunny Valley Preserve, a project of The Nature Conservancy, which consists of nine farms and bordering woodlands.  The farm cultivates about 12 acres of vegetable and cover crops.  In addition, we have four greenhouses and a large high tunnel for production of transplants and in-soil tomato production.  The farm is certified organic, and uses a broad range of biological farming approaches, such as extensive use of cover crops and on-farm composting.  We use machinery for most tillage and many planting, cultivating, and harvesting operations and train apprentices in the use of this equipment.  The farm is located near town, with quick access to many great hiking and canoeing opportunities in northwestern Connecticut.

Three full-season apprenticeships are available at the farm each growing season, from the last Monday in March through the Friday before Thanksgiving.  Winter work is often available.  Applications are accepted year round, fall is a great time to apply.  Apprentices participate in all aspects of crop production, including planting, cultivating, harvesting, market sales, and CSA distribution.  Practical training in organic crop and overall farm management is offered, as well as training in tractor operation and maintenance.  Our goal is to give apprentices the opportunity to learn the skills they will need to manage their own farm. In addition, Fort Hill Farm is a member of CRAFT of Western Connecticut.  Apprentices will have the opportunity for monthly visits to area farms to tour the farm and hear about that farmer’s area of expertise (see https://westernctcraft.weebly.com for more info).

Apprentices who complete a growing season at Fort Hill Farm may apply for a Grower position on the farm for a second season.  Growers take on higher-level farm management tasks such as managing work crews, harvests, greenhouse production, and farmers markets, as well as more skilled farm operations, such as seeding and spraying.

Previous farm experience is helpful but not essential.  We suggest applicants work or volunteer on a production farm for at least one month before applying for a full-season apprenticeship, preferably over the summer months.  The position requires a desire and ability to do outdoor, physical work in all kinds of weather, a sincere interest in farming, and a drive to learn more about it.

Work schedule varies over the season, generally five and a half days a week, 45 to 50 hours per week in peak season.  Work weeks are shorter in early spring and late fall.

Apprentices are paid an hourly wage of $10.50 per hour for farm labor and on the job training.  We pay overtime for hours worked over 40 per week.  Craft visits and other on-farm educational opportunities are not paid.  Apprentices can choose to live next door to the farm at an affordable rent, or search for their own housing.  Apprentices completing the full season earn a minimum $500 year-end bonus.

To apply, please send a resume and a letter of intent to Paul Bucciaglia and Rebecca Batchie, Fort Hill Farm, 18 Fort Hill Rd., New Milford, CT 06776, or email to forthillfarm@gmail.com.

Arkansas or Massachusetts – Heifer USA hiring Apprentices

Perryville, Arkansas or Rutland, Massachusetts

LIVESTOCK/GARDEN APPRENTICE

Heifer USA invites applicants to be part of the inaugural apprentice program at Heifer Ranch in Perryville, Arkansas and at Heifer Farm in Rutland, Massachusetts. Participants agree to a one-year commitment, with the possibility of extension. This program will offer hands-on agricultural experience in both market gardening and livestock production.

The goal of the apprenticeship program is to provide education, mentorship and technical assistance to foster the development and capacity of new and beginning farmers to launch their successful farm enterprises. We will select four apprentices at each site who will experience hands-on technical training in sustainable agriculture, pasture-based poultry and livestock production, organic market gardening, value added production and food safety. Field experience will be complemented with trainings covering business planning, record keeping, marketing and relevant legal and tax topics.

At both sites, apprentices will benefit from connections to established, successful farms, farmer-to-farmer technical assistance, fully-furnished housing on-site, and a monthly stipend to cover living expenses. This is an opportunity to help Heifer USA shape this program, and we hope you join us in the journey.

APPLY

Please contact us at heiferusa@heifer.org or call 1-855-3HEIFER option 4. Heifer USA is proud to use sustainable agriculture and food system work as tools for promoting social justice. We are intentionally inclusive of limited resource and socially disadvantaged communities and individuals.

Heifer USA works with small-scale farmers to help them transform their communities. Farms become strong, community-focused businesses that support their families and spark economic growth in rural America. With hands-on learning and access to livestock and horticulture experts, we teach farmers how to grow their sustainable farm enterprise while caring for the Earth. We invite the public to join the work that directly aids our project at Heifer Farm and Heifer Ranch.

Indiana – Living Roots Farm hiring Apprentice

French Lick, Indiana

Apprentice Fall or Winter 2017

Living Roots Farm and EcoVillage

Living Roots is a farm and more specifically an ecovillage. Our primary focus is food (growing it, processing it, cooking it, and distributing it to others). We also focus on healing arts, natural building, off-the-grid living, and generally personal and community growth.

Living Roots might be the only farm where apprentices take a full massage course, along with the farm program. Come join us in this opportunity for earth-connected farm work and education, massage, yoga, personal growth and awareness building, cooking, off-the-grid living and much more!

The EcoVillage operates a 75 acre farm, including a 4.5 acre market farm, 0.5 acre community garden, and a U-Pick strawberry patch. Our apprenticeship program is centered around organic farming and is for those who are committed to their education in these areas. We balance this farm work with the healing arts, which includes mentoring, massage and healing arts, and yoga. You will become a better cook by being an apprentice here! Much time is also spent cooking, doing food fermentation, food processing, and eating directly from the land. We operate according to environmentally sustainable farming practices and also within a model that promotes personal sustainability and health. There are also options to study small business and sustainable living skills. We have four sessions each year and an option to apprentice for the entire growing season, including during the winter. Please see our website for more info.

Educational Opportunities: All aspects of market gardening: plant propagation, tending, harvesting, sales, marketing, delivery, farmers markets. Opportunities to work with EcoVillage animals: grass fed beef, chickens, pigs, goats, and sheep. Also, permaculture and season extension. Sustainable living skills, including off the grid living, wholesome cooking, food fermentation/preservation, beer/mead making, cheese making, and solar oven cooking just to name a few. All students learn how to make cheese, yogurt, and bread. Also includes a mentoring program, which gives the apprentices a life changing experience of personal growth. Apprentices will also be able to learn massage and other healing arts such as energy work and yoga. This will be incorporated into the program to give a more balanced approach to working with the earth.

Stipend:
For apprentices with experience, you will be offered a monthly stipend of $100 – $200. Other apprentices will receive a monetary congratulations gift of $150/session upon completion of their agreed upon program. And in addition to housing (listed below), apprentices also receive food (for all 21 meals).

Housing: Accommodation in apprentice cabin, bunkhouse, or camper is provided. Tents in the campground are also an option if desired.

Please see our website for more info : www.indianacommunity.org

West Virginia – Sprouting Farms Appalachian Croft and Training Center hiring Apprentices

Talcott, West Virginia
Sprouting Farms Appalachian Croft and Training Center is currently accepting Apprentice and Incubator Farm Applications!
Sprouting Farms is launching our first season at the Sprouting Farms incubator farm in Talcott WV, located in the beautiful Greenbrier River Valley of West Virginia.
We believe that long-lasting impact is created by training new farms in quality and sustainable production techniques, and providing shared resources and educational opportunities to the whole farm community.
Our program focuses on providing farmers solid business management and production skills along with hands-on apprenticeship, mentorship, and the land and resources necessary to launch, experiment, and refine their farm businesses. Click here to download project overview.
Applications for 2017 accepted February 1 – April 29, 2017.

A Sprouting Farms apprenticeship offers:

  • Land and resource access
    • Growing space up to 1/2 acre and use of onsite hoop-house space
    • Access to tools, equipment, and other production resources through the Resource Sharing program
  • Farm business course
    • Course will meet twice a week throughout the season and includes hands-on classes and farm business, production, and record-keeping classes.
    • Opportunity to develop, refine, and field-test your farm business plan before launch.
  • Paid apprenticeship & farm mentorship
    • 400 hour paid apprenticeship $9/hr over the course of the season (up to $3,600)
    • Apprentices have the opportunity to complete apprenticeship with with mentor farms in the region
Qualifications & application: . Please visit: http://www.sproutingfarms.org/apply.html to learn more and download the  Apprentice Application Packet. Please send your apprentice application, and resume via e-mail to admin@sproutingfarms.org

Indiana – Growing Places Indy hiring Summer Apprentices

Indianapolis, Indiana

2017 Growing Places Indy Summer Apprenticeship Program

Application Deadline:  March 15, 2017

Growing Places Indy is a non-profit organization committed to empowering individuals to cultivate personal, family and community wellness through urban agriculture, food access and mind-body education.

Our apprenticeship empowers participants to understand what it means to Grow Well, Eat Well and Live Well in order to Be Well, and both challenges and encourages them to be the change they want to see in the world.

Mandatory Program Orientation:  Thursday, June 8 (time TBD)

Mandatory Program Dates:  June 12 – August 10 (8 weeks)

* There is a break from July 3 – 7.

Weekly Schedule:

  • Mondays – 8:00am to 1:00pm
  • Tuesdays – 9:00am to 2:00pm
  • Wednesdays – 8:30am to 6:30pm (time is built in for lunch)
  • Thursdays – 8:30am to 12:30pm and 3:00pm to 6:30pm

Locations:

  • Boner Learning & Fitness Center at the Chase Legacy Building
  • White River State Park
  • The Eskenazi Health Sky Farm at the Sydney and Lois Eskenazi Hospital
  • The Platform at City Market
  • Additional field trips occur weekly

Hours per week: Approximately 25-30

In addition to our regular schedule, participation in and attendance at additional events, networking opportunities, and enrichment activities are encouraged.  Growing Places Indy will facilitate these opportunities throughout the program and participants are encouraged to seek out others.

Compensation: $400 stipend, a weekly veggie share and yoga classes

Program Description:  The Summer Apprenticeship Program immerses participants in the work of Growing Places Indy, through hands-on farm work to community engagement, fundraising, youth education, personal development and more.  Participants are challenged to consider what change they want to see in the world and are trained in skills they can employ to take personal action.  Participants build a strong team relationship within their cohort and have the opportunity to meet many leaders and entrepreneurs doing transformational work in the Indianapolis area.

Apprentices will:

  • Learn about urban agriculture through hands-on experiences and educational lessons, obtaining information and skills to teach others. This includes general farming activities (planning, planting, transplanting, cultivation, weeding, etc.) and sales/marketing/distribution activities (CSA, farm stand and restaurant sales).  Physical work is a major part of the program, with daily outdoor tasks at Growing Places Indy’s farm sites as well as farms, gardens and organizations across the Indianapolis area.
  • Engage in the Indianapolis area food system with producers, consumers, advocates and educators, connecting into a network of relationships and opportunities. This may include attending presentations and leading workshops, speaking engagements and tours for community members.
  • Explore and apply practices for personal empowerment including yoga, self-study, cooking, gardening and mindfulness activities. Participants enjoy a daily yoga/mindfulness practice and explore how to apply the philosophy of yoga in day-to-day life and work.
  • Develop an integrated understanding of how food access and awareness, agricultural systems, individual and collective lifestyles (or lifestyle choices) impact personal and community wellness, as well as economic and environmental sustainability.
  • Investigate how community based food systems support community development. This will include site visits, guest lecturers as well as recommended readings.
  • Explore leadership and teamwork concepts by working as part of a small team of apprentices and program leaders to accomplish daily, weekly and season-long tasks and goals.
  • Learn to comfortably and safely navigate Indianapolis by bicycle. Bicycling is the primary mode of group transit between farms sites, restaurant deliveries and visits to downtown area locations.
  • Each apprentice will have an additional role he or she will play to accomplish our collective goals and gain valuable experience. Examples include but are not limited to: farm stand manager, social media assistant, photographer, CSAveggie share leader, after school program leader, restaurant harvest coordinator and fundraising project coordinator.

Application Eligibility:  Eligible participants must be 18 years of age or older and have at least one year of continuing education or work experience post high school.  To be accepted, a candidate must be able to fully commit to the weekly schedule for the entire 8-week program, be willing to work hard, have a sincere interest in the subject matter and activities, desire to take on leadership roles and to grow personally.  Strongest candidates will be able to articulate a sense of purpose for applying, as well as thoughtful ideas on ways in which they can contribute to the 2017 cohort experience, Growing Places Indy and potential ways they will pay forward the experience.  Prior experience in gardening, farm product sales, educational programming and/or the practice of yoga are not required.

Application Process:

  • Submit your application by March 15, 2017 to Sarah Adams/Program Coordinator at saraha@growingplacesindy.org.
  • After an initial application review, applicants will by contacted for an interview by March 31, 2017.
  • Interviews will take place April 10 – 21, 2017.
  • Applicants will be informed of a final decision on their application by April 30, 2017.

Previous apprenticeship schedules and testimonials can be found at: http://www.growingplacesindy.org/our_programs/summer-apprenticeship/

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