2023 FARM APPRENTICESHIP

POSITION DESCRIPTION:

We seek someone who has worked on a farm as an apprentice or farm crew member in vegetable production, and now wishes to further their capacities towards the possibility of running or managing a small farm operation in the future. The apprentice will participate in all aspects of the farming operation working alongside the farmer and other crew members.

TIME FRAME:The position runs from April 15 – October 15. Some flexibility with start date may be possible. Weekly schedule is Monday – Friday and half-day on Saturday. Some evening and weekend duties on a rotating basis with other staff.

SCHEDULE: We work as a team to get our work done for living food crops to thrive while maintaining a healthy work schedule allowing for adequate rest and opportunities for other activities and interests. The apprentice work week is 35-45 hours/week with 1.5 days off. The lighter weekly hours typically occur in the early and later part of the season. The workday generally begins at 7AM and ends at approximately 5PM/5:30PM, with a mid-morning break and an hour for lunch. Saturdays until Noon.

REQUIREMENTS:

*Have worked on a farm in vegetable production preferred. Other and/or additional demonstrated interest in food and agriculture may support your application.

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

*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.

*Have the physical stamina needed and love to work 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.

*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.

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES   

The farm is a member of the CRAFT network (Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training) and apprentices may take advantage of CRAFT workshops throughout the season, typically on Monday afternoons, at the farms in the network. These workshops provide a well-rounded and informative perspective about a range of farms, approaches to farming, and starting your own farm. You do not have to make up these work hours missed. If you choose not to attend a scheduled CRAFT visit, the expectation is that you would remain on the farm for a regular workday. More information can be found at the CRAFT website. 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. A farm apprentice is invited to request focused conversation sessions or workshops on topics of their choosing.

PRODUCTION and LEARNING AREAS:  

**Crop planning

**Seeding using soil blocks and cell flats

**Greenhouse monitoring & maintenance

**Direct seeding & transplanting

**Cultivating & weeding

**Harvesting & washing & prepping produce for CSA distribution, farmstand, markets

**Weed control approaches

**Pest and disease ID and management

**Cover crops

**Soil-building & fertility

**Compost-building & management

**Mulching techniques

**Operating a walk-behind tractor

**Installing, maintaining & monitoring irrigation & electric fencing

**Low-till & no-till techniques such as broadforking

**Season extension techniques

**Distribution to CSA members

**Promotion and PR aspects

**Community outreach & education

**Business & financial planning

ROTATED DUTIES:

Evening close down; CSA distribution; Weekend On-site duty

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS:

$1500 per month plus housing on-site with private bedroom, shared bathroom, kitchen, & living spaces. All utilities paid, including wireless internet and laundry facilities. Fair market rental value of housing + utilities assessed @ $900/month for our area.

**Paid sick days

**Every third weekend off

**Five paid days off for personal needs or vacation

**Farm produce for personal use

** Environmentally-friendly cleaning and paper products furnished.

**Participation in CRAFT workshops and programs; as well as in any on-farm workshops or sessions

**Worker’s compensation insurance

**Health insurance available through Mass Health/Commonwealth Care 

TO APPLY:

Please email a resume that includes employment history, education, and any other experience you feel pertinent, along with contact information for three references to:

Sharon Wyrrick, Farmer/Manager, manyforksfarm@pobox.com

Many Forks Farm is on equal opportunity employer and encourages women,  BIPOC and LGBT individuals to apply.

Thank you!