2022 Apprenticeship

MANY FORKS FARM is a small, diverse vegetable farm using predominantly hand-tended methods with regenerative, low-till and no-till practices with innovative, bio-intensive, and sustainable approaches. We are heading into our 11th season in 2022 with our location on 20 acres along the North Branch of the Hoosic River in Clarksburg, Massachusetts. The farm’s produce is available through an 85 household CSA, a weekly farm stand, a spring seedling sale, other on-farm sales, and value-added products and baked goods from our new farm processing kitchen incorporating our vegetables and small fruits. Between 20%-30% of our CSA shares are offered at reduced cost each season through multiple community and individual donations and collaborations. We accept SNAP payments for all eligible farm products.

MANY FORKS FARM is known for its consistently flavorful, and intensely beautiful produce, as well as unusual and heirloom varieties. The farm has 2 acres in vegetable, berry, flower, and herb production with intensive plantings, rotations, and succession scheduling of 40-50 different vegetables and over 200 varieties of vegetables, flowers and culinary herbs. There is a propagation greenhouse, two moveable high tunnels, and two caterpillar tunnels for protected culture. A CSA members’ cutting garden of flowers and herbs, berries for CSA u-pick and farm value-added processing, recent plantings of other native plants, and beehives complement the diversity of the farm’s eco-system.

THE FARM is located in the North Berkshires of Massachusetts, a thriving cultural hub, especially during the summer months. Music, theater, dance, museums, historical sites, restaurants, a local brewery, libraries, coffee shops, and more. Lots of nearby camping and hiking trails of all lengths and difficulties – Clarksburg State Park is right around the corner, Mt. Greylock, the highest peak in Massachusetts is a short distance down the road. The farm swimming hole awaits you at lunchtime or at the end of a hard day.

APPRENTICESHIP DESCRIPTION

The apprentice at Many Forks will complete the triad of our small, full-time staff – the farmer, the assistant farmer, and an apprentice. We seek someone who has worked on a farm for at least a season as an apprentice or farm crew member in vegetable production, and now wishes to further their capacities towards the possibility of running a small farm operation themselves. The apprentice will participate in all aspects of the farming operation working alongside the farmer and assistant farmer.

TIME FRAME: The position runs from April 15 – October 15. Possibility for extension into November. Weekly schedule is Monday – Friday and half-day on Saturday. Some evening and weekend duties on a rotating basis with other staff.

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES: Access to CRAFT farm visits (Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training) throughout the season which provide a broad overview of a number of small farm operations as well as opportunity to meet other apprentices on area farms. The farm library is available for your use with many current books and materials pertinent to running a small farm. Periodic farm walks with the staff provide opportunity for in-depth observation of crop and soil health, challenges, and solutions. Farm planning materials are available to you to support a whole farm picture and as a future resource. The apprentice is invited to request focused conversation sessions or workshops on topics of their choosing. Time off given to attend farming workshops of interest such as those sponsored by NOFA-MASS.

COMPENSATION: $1200 per month, plus on-farm housing, with all utilities, wireless internet, laundry facilities, farm vegetables, and workers compensation insurance. 

REQUIREMENTS:

*Have worked on a farm in vegetable production for a season.

*Comfortable with semi-rural  living, a quiet setting, small staff/crew.

*Proof of full COVID-19 vaccination required and willingness to comply with any guidelines for COVID-19 that may be in place at the farm and/or evolve during the course of the season.

*Love growing vegetables.

*Have the physical stamina needed and love to working outdoors all day, can lift 50 lbs., and work in all kinds of weather conditions with good humor.

*Live on the farm in a lovely, furnished farmhouse.

*Able to find joy in both repetitive tasks as well as more creative tasks.

*Accept  that pressure, urgency, and continuous feedback and improvement are a part of working on a production farm as well as plenty of wonder, awe, and curiosity.

*Appreciate beauty and aesthetics as a part of the experience and responsibility of growing food, as well in preparing it for others’ uses.

*Have your own car for transportation, a valid driver’s license, and current health insurance or will obtain Massachusetts health insurance.

*No smoking of any kind on farm premises.

*No pets.

If interested in the position, please send your resume with education and employment history, three references with contact information and fill out questions at this link:  https://forms.gle/nCQKtEPy1XmJS3s19

We will contact you when we receive completed materials. If the process goes forward, there will be a phone or virtual interview followed by an onsite interview. We recognize this may not be possible in every case and will negotiate a different process if necessary. Thank you for your interest.

Email materials to: Sharon Wyrrick, farmer, manyforksfarm@pobox.com