Thank you for your interest in a farm apprenticeship at Hawthorne Valley Farm. We are currently accepting applications for both whole farm and vegetable apprenticeships for 2020.
All Hawthorne Valley Farm apprentices experience farming through hands-on learning, balancing the demands of being production farm withe our goal of equipping our apprentices with the skills that they will need to succeed in starting or managing their own farm enterprises in the future. In addition, we have built into our apprenticeship program a number of supplemental experiences that explore the more theoretical and observational aspects of farming that are equally important to a farmer’s development.
Because of the nature of the work, and apprentice should have some familiarity with the physical demands of farming, having spent some time working or volunteering on a farm, be able to lift 50 pounds, work outdoors in a variety of weather conditions, and enjoy repetitive, even tedious tasks.
Whole Farm Apprenticeship (February-Thanksgiving)
Whole Farm Apprentices rotate through all areas of the farm, working with the Field Vegetables (15 acres), milking herd, and livestock operation. Splitting time between the two areas allows our apprentices to build a solid foundation in our diverse farm operations, and work within the whole biodynamic farm organism. Throughout the week, whole farm apprentices will work throughout the various operations to understand the daily and season rhythms of the farm. Focus of this apprenticeship includes Biodynamics, Milking, Pastured Livestock Management, tractor operation, vegetable production in fields and greenhouses, and community supported agriculture.
Vegetable Apprenticeship (March-Thanksgiving)
The vegetable apprentice focuses on all aspects of vegetable production in our 15 acres of fields and 4 greenhouses. This includes Biodynamics, greenhouse seeding, managing soil health, transplanting, irrigation, harvest, post-harvest handling and marketing and distribution. All apprentices will learn about tractor operation and use machinery to assist in various farm tasks. Because this is a diversified farm, apprentices may be called to assist as needed in any necessary farm task, including livestock related activities.
On-site housing and a monthly stipend are provided for all apprentices. Each apprentice has his/her own bedroom in a shared space on the farm with a communal kitchen, baths, and living space. Often, surplus Hawthorne Valley vegetables, milk, yogurt, soft cheeses, sauerkraut, bread, and meat are available for the apprentices.