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.

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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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Round Right Farm hiring Apprentices

Terra Alta, West Virginia

ROUND RIGHT FARM APPRENTICESHIP DESCRIPTION 2017

To farm is to believe in the miracle of birth, life and death. And to accept it all with grace.

OUR PHILOSOPHY

In its current state, the local foods movement needs more farmers. There is growing public demand for the quality and taste of locally produced foods, coupled with the recognition that current conventional farming practices lead to environmental degradation, loss of food culture and lower quality food.  Small farming, with its leaner footprint, focus on quality and diversification, and access to direct-to-consumer marketing, is re-emerging as a viable alternative to the “bigger is better” mentality that still pervades agribusiness.  But we still have lots of room to grow and improve our systems and numbers. Our desire to see this happen through a proliferation of ecologically responsible farms is what inspires Round Right Farm’s apprenticeship program.

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Round Right Farm hires three full-season apprentices. Apprentices are provided on-farm housing for the duration of our farming season, which starts March 1st and goes through December 1st. We do not offer partial season apprenticeships.

Our main goal as mentors is to prepare our apprentices with the skills required to run a diversified farm and to demonstrate approaches that lead to success. By following our farming season from beginning to end, apprentices acquire the skills required to start their own farm. These include farming skills, as well as business and leadership skills. Learning takes place through a combination of hands on experience, intellectual-philosophical discussion and study.

Ideal candidates will show strong enthusiasm for food and farming, patience, persistence, consistent hard work, respect for teachers and teammates, humility, and an eagerness to put what is best for the farm and their teammates before their own personal desires. They will also view this learning environment as an investment in their future, understanding that what they get out of the experience will be in direct proportion to their investment in and acceptance of

Their responsibilities. One of the best (and hardest) parts of the apprenticeship lies in the amount of responsibility that our apprentices have. Although the environment is idyllic, candidates should also understand that this is not farm camp or simply an opportunity to escape the pressures of modern life. An economically viable farm is a production environment with high paced demands and expectations.

Apprentices work Monday through Friday, approximately 50 hours/week and are assigned to basic farm chores 1 weekend per month. If the weather does not permit planting on a Monday through Friday schedule, weekend planting work will be required. Harvest of time sensitive crops may also occur on weekends.

Apprentices are also assigned specialized roles for most of the season, and these roles will often have responsibilities that lie outside the normal workday. As our goal is to give our apprentices a realistic sense of the workload on a working farm, it is important that our apprentices cultivate the ability to view the day through goals accomplished rather than hours worked.

Housing and food are provided as well as a stipend of $350 every two weeks. One 4 day weekend vacation will be scheduled during Aug-Oct for each apprentice separately. Do not mistake this stipend as a wage for work performed; the stipend is provided to make it financially easier to attend this apprenticeship without increasing your personal debt. Take stock of your financial situation and make sure this will work for you.

Apprentice Roles on the farm

Apprentices are assigned to a leadership role in 2 of our 6 rotational veggie gardens. They start the season by laying out and planning these gardens on paper, finish the season by planting them into cover crops for the winter, and attend to all the details of vegetable production in between.

In May, apprentices are assigned to more specialized roles based on demonstrated aptitude and in consideration of the best fit for the needs of the farm. These roles are:

The Operator – Focus on equipment operation

The Nurturer – Focus on care of young plants and greenhouse/tunnel structures

The Provider – Focus on animal care and irrigation

Lessons and experiences vary over the course of the season, which offers many different opportunities to learn, practice and apply the acquired skills. What follows is a general outline of planned activities. Continue reading

California – Fairview Gardens Center for Urban Agriculture hiring Farm Education Apprentices

Santa Barbara, California
Currently accepting applications: Farm Education Apprenticeships at Fairview Gardens Center for Urban Agriculture, Santa Barbara, CA

Applications received by Nov. 15th are given priority consideration.

6 month apprenticeship starting Jan 16-June 2nd (with option to continue until mid Nov. with increased stipend/responsibility). We will also accept application in the spring for June-Nov. apprentices.

The Fairview Gardens Apprenticeship program provides hands-on direct experience in farm education, organic farming, community outreach, and sustainable food systems. Apprentice roles include organizing and leading children’s programs, curriculum/educational material development, leading farm tours, and tending to our educational gardens and 12 acre farm. Apprentices gain a variety of skills useful for teaching farm education, including developing age-appropriate, place-based curriculum, designing engaging and creative cooking, crafting, and gardening activities as well as participating in farm outreach events. This apprenticeship will play a significant role in our farming operation as we implement restorative, agriculture techniques to grow nutritious, organic, responsibly grown food with soil-building practices. Apprentices will work alongside our administrative and marketing staff, engaging in activities essential to the operation of a non-profit, educational farm. Participants are provided with opportunities to shadow parallel programs in our community as well as other professional development opportunities.