Vermont – Luna Bleu Farm hiring Two Positionns

Central Vermont

WHOLE-FARM APPRENTICE:

Luna Bleu Farm is seeking full-time Whole-Farm Apprentices for the 2018 season.  (See also our listing for Assistant Manager if you have 2+ seasons of farm production experience.)

Luna Bleu Farm is a well-established diversified certified organic farm in central Vermont, growing for our community for over 25 years. On our 42 acre farm, we grow 5 acres of vegetables, raise cattle, pigs, and chickens for egg and meat production, and have a small orchard with blueberries, apples, and plums. We grow and market year round through our CSA, Saturday farmers market, and a few local businesses. Season extension and winter growing in high tunnels is an expanding part of our operation. We work hands on with our employees to share the knowledge we have gained over our years of farming and encourage employees to take advantage of the rich agricultural opportunities in the Upper Valley of Vermont. We are relatively small in size but our diversity with crops and animals means we have lots of fun every day!

The Whole-Farm Apprentice is exposed to all aspects of our farming operation, rotating through the various animal chores, working with many aspects of growing, harvesting, and marketing the field vegetables and fruits and helping with the CSA distribution and farmers market. They get a broad experience of the rhythms of the farming season and the many elements of our farming systems.

Much of the learning is hands-on during the day-to-day tasks required on our farm.  Rather than sitting down to teach skills in a classroom type setting we prefer to work with our employees in the field, giving instructions before starting work and then working with them to help them complete tasks properly, work efficiently, and have fun. We also eat meals with our employees and encourage conversations about anything farm related. Apprentices participate in the Upper Valley CRAFT program to enhance their education on the farm. Apprentices play an integral role in running our farm. We hope to give them skills, experiences and connections to further their work in this field.

Apprentices will be involved with:

  • Seeding, transplanting, weeding, and harvesting vegetable crops
  • Post-harvest washing and prepping for market
  • Animal chores and grazing rotations
  • Chicken processing
  • CSA and farmers market
  • Greenhouse watering and field irrigation
  • Record keeping
  • Mowing, BCS rototilling
  • Food safety
  • Season extension

Qualifications:

Because of the nature of the work, an apprentice should have some familiarity with the physical demands of farming, have spent some time working or volunteering on a farm (at least part of a season), be able to lift 50 pounds, work outdoors in a variety of weather conditions, and enjoy repetitive, even tedious, tasks. They must have a valid driver’s license. We look for people who are attentive to detail, speed, and efficiency, are organized, and conscientious in their work, and work well in a team.

Apprentices work 5 days a week and rotating Saturdays.

Please visit our website and read “Qualities for a successful job at Luna Bleu Farm” if you think you are interested in applying.

Time frame and Compensation:

Flexible start date: mid February- early May preferred. Preference is given to applicants who can stay through main growing season into November. Successful apprentices are given the option to work through winter season and/or return the following season as an Assistant Manager.

We offer apprentices room, board and a bi-weekly stipend.

To apply:

Please send a cover letter and request an application by email:  suzanne@lunableufarm.org

ASSISTANT MANAGER: Continue reading

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Washington – Heartsong hiring Permaculture Apprentices

Spokane, Washington
Permaculture Apprenticeship Opportunity in Eastern Washington
Heartsong is a beautiful, 8 1/2-acre former retreat center nestled in a forest-ringed meadow just 20 miles northwest of Spokane, Washington. The owners are accepting applications for apprenticeship positions for the 2018 growing season which will begin in April and last through October, 2018. Applicants may apply for one or more one- to three-month periods during the season. The Heartsong families seek motivated, neophyte permaculturists willing to commit to 4 hours of work and study, five days per week. Room and board provided in exchange. One apprentice will be invited per period. All periods will be filled in advance of the season.
For more details and to fill out an application, please go to:
Plans for 2018: The apprentice will work and study under the guidance of Heartsong’s caretaker who is a certified permaculture designer. The caretaker and apprentice will be tasked with implementing an ever-evolving work plan, including enhancing and maintaining the 8000 sq. ft. polyculture garden (including weekly harvests and distributions), maintaining a flock of laying hens, tending the goat herd, re-establishing a honeybee colony, seed saving, woody plant propagation, food preserving, developing a pasture management plan and continuing with planting the food forest. In addition, other general site maintenance, upkeep and improvements will also be included in the work plan as determined from time to time.

Connecticut – Jones Family Farms hiring Farm to Table Apprentice

Shelton, Connecticut

Farm to Table Apprenticeship at Jones Family Farms in Shelton, CT

The primary learning objective of our apprenticeship is to offer hands-on experiences in modern sustainable agriculture, direct marketing, and following food from field to plate in our farm kitchen.  Apprentices participate on a team that includes farm managers and a variety of seasonal staff. Our goal is to provide hands-on harvest, farm guest interactions, and farm kitchen experience useful to an aspiring market farmer, community dietitian, chef embracing farm cuisine, and/or farm and food educator.

Apprentice position will incorporate both our Harvest-Your-Own operations and production kitchen:

Harvest Your Own, strawberry, blueberry, pumpkin and Christmas tree seasons: major responsibilities include harvest-your-own guest supervision, direct marketing operations (farm educator, sales), and farm maintenance tasks necessary for inviting guests onto our farm (such as cleaning, painting etc). Apprentices will gain an understanding of our diversified farming operations through hands-on field experiences (planting, weeding, harvesting, etc).

In the Kitchen: gain an understanding of production kitchen management and record keeping while also learning about commercial food sanitation practices as a key member of our farm kitchen team. Projects include cooking with and preserving seasonal fruits and vegetables as well as baking goods for our Winery and Harvest-Your-Own guests. Apprentices also have the opportunity to share their experiences and learn alongside our guests while assisting with our cooking classes.

For more information and to apply, please visit our website:

http://www.jonesfamilyfarms.com/farm/about-farm/harvest-table-apprenticeship

Oregon – Flying Coyote Farm hiring Multiple Positions

Sandy, Oregon

Flying Coyote Farm is a certified organic and biodynamic farm nestled in the foothills of Mt. Hood in Sandy, Ore. We use bio-intensive growing practices on our 3-acre home farm to raise high quality produce, meat and value added products. Additionally we lease 2 acres of land where we grow vegetables on a more mechanized system. Our primary outlets for our produce are through our 100 member CSA program, weekly farmers’ markets and local restaurants and groceries. We also have an extensive livestock program where we raise pigs and chickens for meat. Each year we raise and process between 400-500 broiler chickens and 6-8 pigs. We also grow berries and fruit mainly for on-farm use.

Our crew consists of Lili Tova (farm manager), Gabbi Logsdon (field crew manager), one part time harvest position, one part time fieldwork position and one full time apprentice position. We also host volunteers and WOOFERS out to the farm during the main growing season.

Lili Tova is the owner and manager of Flying Coyote Farm. She has been working as a gardener and farmer for twelve years in Florida, California and Oregon. She is a graduate of the Apprenticeship in Ecological Horticulture at UC Santa Cruz. During her second year in the program, she worked as the Assistant Manager of the five-acre farm site, helping to manage and coordinate a 150 member CSA, farm stand, and restaurant sales. She has a passion for mentoring and has taught farming and homesteading skills at UC Santa Cruz and at Aprovecho Research Center where she worked as the Garden Manager for two seasons.

Flying Coyote Farm is hiring three positions for the upcoming season:

2018 Apprenticeship

Harvest Crew Position

Field Crew Position

Pennsylvania – Carversville Farm Foundation hiring Apprentices

Mechanicsville, Pennsylvania

Carversville Farm Foundation is now accepting applications for its 2018 seasonal apprenticeship program. CFF is a certified Organic, non-profit farm that combines ecological regeneration and agricultural production to serve our environment as well as our community. Positions are focused on a specific area of the farm including Vegetables, Livestock, Dairy/Cheesemaking, and Field Crops/Hay production. For details and instructions on how to apply please visit http://carversvillefarm.org/#careers

New Jersey – City Green hiring Farm Apprentices

City Green Farm Apprenticeship

About City Green

City Green is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to facilitating the establishment of urban farms and gardens in northern New Jersey’s cities to create increased access to healthy, local food while cultivating education in food systems, nutrition and the environment.

City Green has two farm sites; a 5-acre farm at our headquarters in Clifton, and a one-acre farm in a public park in Paterson, both just 20 miles from Manhattan. We grow over 50 varieties of vegetables, keep a small flock of hens for eggs and keep honeybees. All of our produce is grown or raised using organic and sustainable methods, although we are not currently certified. We operate our own farm stands in Clifton, Paterson and Passaic as well as a roaming mobile market serving the most food insecure neighborhoods in the area. Through our farms and markets, we aim to create increased access to local, farm-fresh food, while addressing issues of food justice.

About the City Green Farm Apprenticeship

City Green is hiring a full-time apprentice for the 2017 growing season.  The apprenticeship will focus on practical training in the techniques of agroecology, permaculture and small-scale organic farming.  It is a six-month apprenticeship beginning in April and ending in September.

The workweek is generally 40 hours with 8-hour work days and occasional weekend watering responsibilities.  The apprenticeship is a hands-on, worktraining program, rather than simply an educational one.  It will focus principally in the following areas:

  • plant propagation
  • transplanting
  • weed and pest management
  • irrigation
  • soil management
  • composting
  • orchard maintenance
  • crop planning and record keeping
  • basic animal husbandry

 The apprentice will also be asked to help manage volunteer and corporate groups.

Qualifications

  • Must have some outdoor work experience and an interest in small-scale farming and gardening.
  • Must be able to work at a fast pace in all weather conditions and be able to lift 50 lbs.
  • Must be capable of working well with others as well as independently.
  • Previous farm experience is preferred but not required.

Compensation  

Compensation will include a monthly stipend, as well as produce from the farm.

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to:

Email: opportunities@city-green.org

Mail:   City Green
171 Grove Street
Clifton, NJ 07013

 

 

 

California – Fairview Gardens Center hiring Farm Education Apprentices

Santa Barbara, California

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

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.

Program Starts June 5th, 2017
Applications received by March 30th will get priority consideration.

Learn more and apply online:
http://www.fairviewgardens.org/fairview-gardens-apprenticeship-program/