Virginia – Weathertop Farm hiring Apprentices

Floyd County, Virginia

Seeking to fill 2 more spots for apprentices 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 3-4 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

 

What you can expect from us:

To learn about the nitty-gritty details of raising animals first-hand, and what the daily work is like on a farm as well as the bigger picture of how we plan for the year and how a pasture-based system operates. You can expect a lot of time from us for conversations about farming and related issues, and ample opportunity to ask whatever questions you have.  Through this experience you can gain an understanding of the daily ups and downs and ins and outs of a farming season, and because of the diverse range of tasks we require help with (from raising animals to butchering to sales & marketing) we hope you would gain an understanding of how the diverse multi-species grazing operation of our farm is integrated into one business and functions as a whole. When possible we will do our best to cater to individual preference and teach you more about whatever interests you the most.

Housing provided:

Private 2-bedroom attic apartment with full kitchen & bath (including composting toilet), heating & wifi. Furnished with the basics.  All utilities included. To be shared with 2 apprentices already working here.

 

Meals:

We welcome apprentices to join us for lunch daily, and sometimes for dinner, too, other meals you will be responsible for yourself.  You will have access to food that is grown on the farm.
Stipend:  $600/month.
Day(s) off:  alternating Saturdays/Sundays off, and occasional weekday afternoons.

Several vacation days allowed, but must be planned around farm schedule.

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New York – Browder’s Birds hiring Farm Apprentice

Mattituck, New York

Posting Title: Seeking Farm Apprentice for Certified Organic, Pastured Poultry Farm – April 1 through October 31, 2018

About Our Farm:

Browder’s Birds is located in Mattituck, NY on the scenic and agriculturally diverse North Fork of Long Island, 100 miles east of New York City. We are a diversified 16-acre, certified organic, pastured livestock farm located steps from the Long Island Sound.

·       In 2018, we will maintain approximately 1250 egg laying hens of 4 breeds, grow and process on farm 3000 broilers of 3 breeds and 100 turkeys, maintain a flock of 30 Cotswold sheep, 40 Pekin and Khaki Campbell ducks and 15 honey bee hives.

·       We sell hen and duck eggs, fresh and frozen whole and cut up broilers, a gorgeous line of wool products made in New York from our sheep’s wool, honey and bee pollen from our hives, and lots of “value added” products some made from our eggs including quiches, mayonnaise and pickled eggs.

·       Our animals live on our 16-acre pasture and are rotationally grazed in a highly orchestrated and intensely managed manner.  We process our poultry on farm in our certified organic, NYS Licensed Mobile Poultry Processing Unit and use it to process birds for other local farmers. Our processing waste is composted on farm in our composting facility and when mature, recycled to our pasture and grounds.

·       We sell our products through our own CSA, 4 East End farmers markets (East Hampton, Southampton, West Hampton Beach and Riverhead Winter Market), our on-farm farm stand, and a select variety of restaurants, small retailers and other East End farm stands.

Position Description:

We are seeking up to 2 full time apprentices for the 2018 growing season. These candidates will be highly motivated self-starters who have a passion for organic and sustainable small livestock farming.  They will possess a strong work ethic, a high level of energy, enthusiasm and integrity. In exchange, these candidates will earn a significant level of farm responsibility and will enjoy valuable experience learning the operations of a small, organic livestock farm. We prefer candidates with farming experience, but will train novice farmers. Candidates who possess creative construction experience is a plus.

The apprenticeship begins April 1st and ends October 31st.  Each apprentice will:

·       Be actively involved in all aspects of the poultry operation working side by side with Chris and Holly.  Responsibilities include maintaining and managing our rotational grazing system, actively managing all brooding activities, and daily feeding/watering.

·       Be actively involved in our broiler processing which we handle on farm in our Mobile Processing Unit.  Each apprentice will learn all aspects of poultry processing.

·       Learn about and manage our composting system we use to handle our processing waste.

·       Manage our flock of Cotswold sheep including rotational grazing, lambing, shearing, deworming and anything else that comes up.

·       Manage our flock of Pekin/Khaki Campbell ducks and assist with the management of our 15 honey bee hives.

·       Be involved in marketing/promotion of our farm at our farm stand and/or farmers’ markets.

·       Engage in tractor work, irrigation system operation and pasture housing construction (among other creative construction projects.)

·       Be responsible for certain administrative duties required to keep the farm operations going.

Off farm housing is available at apprentices’ cost for one or two apprentices at a private home located about 10 minutes by car from our farm. Hours vary greatly, but typically run 5 days per week and begin at 7:30 and end at 5. Processing and market days are exceptions to this. Salary is $2000/month.

Interested candidates should forward a cover letter and resume to:

About the Farmers/Owners, Holly & Chris:

Holly and Chris Browder founded Browder’s Birds in 2009 after successful finance and consulting careers in Manhattan.  We have a passion for providing a healthy, organic, local, and pasture raised alternative to the traditional variety provided by our industrial agricultural system.  We work hard and have a solid track record of training apprentices in the various aspects of organic, small livestock, family farming. In fact, most of our former apprentices have either started their own farms or gone on to further their career in agriculture. In addition, Chris is currently serving as Treasurer on the Board of Directors at NOFA-NY (Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York).

Please visit us online:

Browder’s Birds: FB

Browder’s Birds: IG

Website

 

Pennsylvania – Snipes Farm and Education Center hiring Farm Apprentice

Morrisville, Pennsylvania

Snipes Farm and Education Center in Morrisville, PA is seeking a full-time farming apprentice for the 2018 season. The apprentice will work in all areas of organic farming. This includes CSA marketing, maintaining accurate organic certification records, social media communications with CSA members, positive customer relations, supervision of volunteers and working as an effective team with the farm manager. We are a small nonprofit farm and education center with a 150-member CSA, farmer’s market presence, summer camp and education programs. This is a full time paid position. Pay based on experience and time commitment. Position begins March 1, 2018 – November 2018 with the possibility of extended employment for the right candidate. Email gayleb@snipesfarm.org with resumé, references and a letter of interest. Some farming experience is required, along with a passion for sharing the good news of local, organic agriculture! Contact (215) 295-1139 x102

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

New York – The Battery Conservancy hiring Farm Apprentices

New York, New York

The Battery Conservancy in New York City is seeking Farm Apprentices for our 2017 season.

This is a serious job training program, and apprentices gain great networking connections and job opportunities by participating. Our apprentices work from 8am-3pm TuesdayThursday from March 28 – October 31 and are paid a $600 monthly stipend.

Please view the full job description here: Apprentice Posting

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Jersey – School Lunch Organic Farm hiring Apprentices and Interns

Hackettstown, New Jersey

Job Description – Organic Farm Apprentice/Intern
2017 Season

Start Date: Spring 2017
Work schedule: 451/2 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 2017season. This job begins in the spring and ends in late fall. The apprenticeship may resume for the 2018 season pending agreement by the farmer and apprentice. 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: 04-03-2017
Internship Ends: 11-30-2017
Number of Apprentices: 4
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. v

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.

New York – Amagansett Food Institute hiring Farm Apprentices

Long Island, New York

East End Apprentice Job Description

Apply now to be a farm apprentice on the East End of Long Island. The Amagansett Food Institute connects individuals who are interested in working on an East End farm with farmers who want to share their expertise. We work with a range of small, sustainable farms, each with different business models and varying educational programs. Most farms provide housing, fresh produce, and a stipend, while apprentices receive intensive, hands-on training.

An East End farm apprenticeship offers the opportunity to gain experience in:

  • Mixed vegetable, herbs, and cut flower production
  • Greenhouse production
  • Pastured poultry, sheep, and beehive management
  • Marketing and other business management skills
  • Educating and interacting with community members at CSA pick-ups, farmers markets, and more.
  • Opportunities to network within the farm community and deepen your educational experience through AFI’s Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training (CRAFT) program.

AFI’s apprentice service offers the opportunity to apply to multiple farms through one application. Please visit: http://www.amagansettfoodinstitute.org/programs/apprentice-matching to learn more and access our Apprentice Application. Please send your apprentice application, resume, and cover letter to info@amagansettfoodinstitute.org.