We are now accepting applications for the 2022 season.
Whole Farm Apprenticeship – 1 year begins in February
Our apprentices experience biodynamic farming through hands-on learning. We strive to balance the demands of being a production farm with the goal of equipping our apprentices with not only the needed foundational skills, but also a philosophical basis to succeed in a career in an agriculture of the future. To this end, we have built into our apprenticeship program a number of supplemental experiences that explore the more theoretical and observational aspects of farming and biodynamics that are equally important to a farmer’s development.
Because of the nature of the work, apprentices should: have a familiarity with the physical demands of farming; have spent some time working or volunteering on a farm; be able to lift 50 pounds; be willing and able to work outdoors in a variety of weather conditions; and enjoy repetitive, even tedious tasks.
Apprentices rotate through all areas of the farm, working with the field vegetables, greenhouses, milking herd, and livestock operation. Splitting time between the vegetable and livestock production allows our apprentices to build a solid foundation in diverse farm operations, and work within the whole biodynamic farm organism. Throughout the week, apprentices will work throughout the various operations to understand the daily and seasonal rhythms of the farm. The focus of this apprenticeship includes biodynamics, milking, pastured livestock management, tractor operation, vegetable production in fields and greenhouses, and community supported agriculture (CSA).
On-site housing and a monthly stipend of $1100 are provided for all apprentices. Each apprentice has her/his own bedroom in a shared space on the farm with a communal kitchen, bathrooms, and living space. Food is also offered, including vegetables as seasonally available, milk, yogurt, soft cheese, sauerkraut, bread, and meat.
All time off needs to be scheduled at least 2 weeks in advance. Emergencies are accommodated accordingly.
A four-day weekend may be taken off after Labor Day weekend for all participants.
During the off-season (Nov-Feb) all full-year participants can schedule up to 2-weeks of paid vacation. If this time-off is not desired, other forms of compensation can be made.
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