New Jersey – School Lunch Farm hiring Apprentices/Interns

Hackettstown, New Jersey

Job Description – Organic Farm Apprentice/Intern
2018 Season

Start Date: Spring 2018

Work schedule: 45 1/2 days a week

College Credits: We will fill out paperwork for college credit

Salary: Weekly Stipend

Website: http://www.schoollunchfarm.com

Positions: Apprenticeships/Internships

School Lunch Organic Farm & CSA, located on 70 acres in Northern NJ, is seeking apprentices/interns for the full 2018 season. This job begins in the spring and ends in late fall. The apprenticeship is for individuals have a desire to fully immerse themselves in farming. We ask for up to 5 1/2 days of work per week. Apprentices will learn all aspects of vegetable production and marketing, including weeding, harvesting, washing, CSA distribution helper, greenhouse management, seeding, transplanting, etc. We require a valid drivers license and the ability to lift at least 50lbs. We provide all the vegetables you need.

Educational Opportunities:
Daily activities will include

  • Seed starting in greenhouse, thinning seedlings, and feeding. Direct sowing in fields.
  • Record keeping
  • Bed preparation: rock picking, cultivating, back pack flaming, weeding, and working with drip irrigation
  • Foliar spraying of crops for feeding and pest control
  • Specific techniques for harvesting, cleaning, and storing different vegetables
  • Tractor and implement safety, maintenance, hookup, calibration and operation
  • Farm Upkeep: mowing tractor ways and grass borders, weed-whacking, building, repairs, painting
  • Working with volunteers—adults and children

Internship Starts: 04-15-2018

Internship Ends: 11-20-2018

Number of Apprentices: 2

App Deadline: when all positions are filled

Minimum Length of Stay: 8 months, but will consider shorter commitments

Meals: We will eat a shared vegetarian/vegan potluck lunch together at least once a week with vegetables from the farm.

Skills Desired: Farming requires a strong work ethic. The work is physical and challenging but growing food for families can be a very uplifting experience. We require a valid drivers license and the ability to lift at least 50lbs.

Location:

School Lunch Organic Farm & CSA
69 Stephen Park Road
Hackettstown, NJ 07840

Contact Info:

Margaret Noon

Please use email contact first!

margaretmnoon@gmail.com

908-451-0051

 

School Lunch Farm Vision:

School Lunch Farm is founded on the desire create healthier soil and community by growing nutrient dense organic vegetables and fruits, heirloom and specialty crops for community supported agriculture shareholders, schools, low-income community members, farm markets, and restaurants.

School Lunch Farm offers programs to educate children and adults to be stewards of the earth through organic growing, understanding of where food comes from, how it’s grown, healthy eating, and the effects of food production on the environment.

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Pennsylvania – Wild Fox Farm hiring Apprentices

Barto, Pennsylvania

Wild Fox Farm Now Accepting Applications for Spring 2018 Apprentices

Wild Fox Farm is currently accepting applications for our sustainable farming apprenticeship program.  Wild Fox Farm is located in the Lehigh Valley in Barto, PA.  The training will take place on the farm which includes 10 acres of vegetables, pasture raised range livestock: pigs, laying hens, broilers, sheep, a greenhouse and several hoophouses.  We are experienced vegetable growers with over 25 years of combined experience.

This apprenticeship training program was designed to provide all the necessary training to those wishing to pursue organic/sustainable farming as a livelihood or career.  Ideal candidates should have some farming experience and have the desire and interest in acquiring the necessary skills and experience to advance to the “journeyperson” level, where they would be capable of running their own operation or managing another farm.

Apprentices begin the season in the late winter/early spring so they can experience the full “summer” season and all the preparations that precede it. Depending upon the exact start date, the season ends in November. A second year is also possible. A second year could include working with the winter growing program and learning marketing, supervising and other managerial, leadership and business aspects.

In following with the training goals, apprentices participate in all aspects of the farm and learn 
the necessary farming skills both through classroom instruction, reading, and on the job training.

Compensation for the apprentices includes a monthly stipend, housing, seasonal produce as well as on-the-job training and educational courses that take place online and off-site through our partner organizations.

To apply, please send an email of interest and a copy of your resume to Ben at thewildfoxfarm@gmail.com

New Jersey – Community Supported Garden at Genesis Farm hiring Apprentices

Blairstown, New Jersey

Apprentice Opportunities
Community Supported Garden at Genesis Farm

The Community Supported Garden at Genesis Farm (CSG) has been a pioneer in the community food movement for 30 years. The farm started as a garden with roadside sales and grew to a CSA that includes over a hundred different vegetables, fruits, herbs and flowers, seasonal or year-round distribution, laying chickens, work with school groups, a farm camp, and a thriving apprenticeship program.

The CSG is seeking apprentices for the 2018 season (April to mid-November). Our 300+ member CSA biodynamically manages more than 125 acres of farmland (under Farmland Preservation) in northwestern New Jersey near the Delaware Water Gap.  We share the land with the Genesis Farm Ecological Learning Center.  There are 20 acres in vegetable production, 3.5 acres of orchards and berries and the remainder in meadows. All produce is distributed through a community supported agriculture program.

Applicants should be seeking a hands-on learning experience on a production-oriented farm. We offer apprentices their own room, board, stipend, shared lunches, educational opportunities and involvement in garden festivals in exchange for up to 50 hours of work per week. Apprenticeship housing is in a farmhouse on the farm. It is recommended that applicants visit the farm to evaluate the suitability of the position.

For more detailed information about the apprenticeship program, please see our website. Send a resume and a letter outlining goals and interests in agriculture to:

Community Supported Garden at Genesis Farm

41B Silver Lake Road
Blairstown, New Jersey 07825
Telephone:  908-362-7486
Contact:  Judy von Handorf
Website:  http://csgatgenesisfarm.com
e-mail:  csgardeninfo@gmail.com

Virginia – Weathertop Farm hiring Apprentices

Floyd County, Virginia

Seeking apprentices for 2018 at Weathertop Farm in Virginia

Weathertop Farm is a small 62-acre family-owned and operated farm located in scenic Floyd County, VA. We are located just a few miles from the Blue Ridge Parkway, and 14 miles from the town of Floyd, renowned for a thriving artist, music, and local food scene.

We are dedicated to holistic regenerative agriculture through multi-species rotational grazing and intensive management. No antibiotics or hormones are used, and all livestock eat from pasture that is free of pesticides, herbicides, and synthetic fertilizers. Our diverse business includes raising and selling pastured chickens, eggs, pigs, turkeys, ducks, rabbits and lamb.

Weathertop Farm accepts 2-3 apprentices each year for the duration of our May – November season. We’re looking for folks interested and passionate about preserving sustainable agriculture systems within our local food-shed communities. Apprentices must be ready to work hard doing manual labor in all kinds of weather. We expect apprentices to put in approximately 40-50 hours a week on average, sometimes more, sometimes less, depending on the season & farm schedule. You can expect to work alongside the farmers for some tasks, and independently for others.

What we expect of you:
no previous farming experience necessary, but these are qualities we’re looking for:
-a positive attitude
-willingness to try new things
-enthusiasm & flexibility
-commitment
-personal initiative
-cooperation for working with others
-ability to follow directions
-ability to do manual labor

-ability to repeatedly handle & lift 50 lb feed sacks.

-basic carpentry or mechanical skills are a plus but not required
-good people-person, comfortable in a sales setting interacting with customers.
-no smoking, no drugs

-not being distracted by personal technology (cell phone, etc) during the workday.
-Commitment to the whole season from April through mid-Dec.

-Having your own vehicle is a plus, though not required (no public transportation available)

Our farm encompasses a diverse multi-generational community of family, friends, neighbors & visitors, from grandparents down to young children, all of whom participate with the farm at various times and in varying degrees, so patience, flexibility and understanding are a must. We care a great deal about our farm community and value diversity and equality and welcome anyone who is kind and conscientious to join our team. Couples welcome!

  • Work will include but is not limited to:
    Daily care of animals (morning & afternoon)
  • Collecting & cleaning eggs
  • Daily portable-fence moving
  • Daily pasture-pen moving
  • Handling animal feed in 50-lb sacks on a daily basis
  • On-farm poultry processing (on average once-twice/week)
  • Occasional building projects
  • Deliveries
  • Farmers markets
  • On-farm sales

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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

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.