Thank you for your interest in a farm apprenticeship at Hawthorne Valley Farm. We are now accepting applications for the 2019 season. In order to apply for a farm apprenticeship, please first read the Apprentice Handbook, and then complete our Farm Apprenticeship Application.
We begin evaluating applications for all positions in August. The interview process consists of a phone interview and an on-farm visit/workday for all qualified applicants.
Whole Farm Apprenticeship (February-Thanksgiving)
All Hawthorne Valley Farm apprentices experience farming through hands-on learning on our diversified Biodynamic farm. Whole Farm Apprentices rotate through all areas of the farm, working with the Field Vegetables (12 acres), Corner Garden (2.5 acres), milking herd, and livestock operation. The farm focuses on both production and education. 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 for several hours outdoors in a variety of weather conditions, and enjoy repetitive, even tedious, tasks.
Farm apprentices work with the farm team to learn the daily rhythms in each part of the farm. The Whole Farm Apprentice focuses on the overall picture of the farm including:
- Milking and livestock management
- Vegetable production: field, market garden, and greenhouse
- Grazing and pasture management
- Community supported agriculture
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. Please see the Handbook for more information.