Drumlin Farm Corps Apprenticeships
Drumlin farm is
seeking help for the 2013 growing season. We’re looking to
hire people with at least one season of farming experience to take on
leadership roles in the crops operation. We’re looking for a CSA manager, a
farmer’s market manager and a restaurant accounts manager; we’re also
interested in people who have experience growing and marketing cut flowers.
If you already have experience in these areas, or are looking to develop your
skills in these areas, please get in touch. If you have no experience, but are
curious about what farming entails, we are also interested in talking to you.
A general description of our apprenticeships follows. Compensation for more
experienced folks will be based on that experience and on whether or not a
person chooses to accept on-farm housing. Longer-term employment is a
possibility based on performance.
Drumlin Farm Crops Apprenticeships
Drumlin Farm is a Mass Audubon wildlife sanctuary and working educational farm
with a mixed vegetable and livestock operation. Our Crops Apprenticeships
begin between April and June and run through the end of October. In the field,
apprentices work closely with the Crops Manager to learn how to use organic
methods to maintain soil health, control pests and weeds, and grow a wide
range of vegetables, fruits, and cut flowers.
Our apprenticeship is distinct in that all apprentices, in addition to
learning organic farming methods, learn a wide variety of direct-marketing
techniques. On 15 acres, we operate a 180 member Summer CSA, a 115 member
Winter CSA, attend the high-paced Union Square Somerville farmers market every
Saturday, harvest weekly for Cambridge and Somerville chefs, maintain a daily
farmstand, and make and market our own pesto. This year will be our second
offering delivered box shares to Cambridge and Somerville. Apprentices
participate in all methods of selling the food they help grow.
Apprentices also gain management experience as they help organize volunteer,
school and summer camp groups. Apprentices deepen their on-farm education by
attending regular meetings of the Collaborative Regional Alliance of Farmer
Training (CRAFT) of Eastern Massachusetts. These farm visits allow apprentices
to compare the growing practices and techniques of different area farms.
Hours vary with the progression of the season, but average about 50 per week.
Compensation is competitive, with housing available for $35/week. Fruit and
vegetables produced on the farm are part of apprentice compensation.
Apprentices receive 3 days of paid time off during the season and are eligible
for health benefits.
Qualifications: Applicants should be physically fit, enthusiastic about
sustainable agriculture, interested in cooking with the food they grow,
willing to share their knowledge with the public, and willing to work with
groups of adults and children.
To Apply: Please send a resume and letter of intent to Matthew Celona, Crops
Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org.