Apprentice

Location: 
Cohasset, Massachusetts
Publication Date: 
Thursday, January 3, 2013 (All day)
Company Name: 
Holly Hill Farm
Contact Information: 
Deanna
Email: 
farmmgrdeehollyhillfarm@verizon.net

Holly Hill Farm is seeking apprentices.  We are a small, diverse 3 acre certified organic farm located in coastal Cohasset MA.  The scale of our farm allows for a very thorough and multi-faceted learning experience.  Apprentices will be involved in every step of growing produce, from seed to harvest to marketing and everything in between.  We sell the majority of our produce directly to the customer in one of our original historic barns, and also attend one weekly farmer’s market.  We host a large plant sale in the spring, selling thousands of organic seedlings at the end of May.

 This year we are looking for both Full Season and Peak Season apprentices, with a bit of flexibility on the start and end dates.  The Peak Season would begin mid-May and stay until the end of September.  The Full Season could begin as early as March and stay as late as the beginning of December.  We work 5 ½ days, Tuesday through Sunday.  Apprentices live in the 3 bedroom farmhouse with the Farm Manager, and receive board as well.

 Farming is a very demanding activity, both physically and emotionally.

Working and living with a small group of people requires good communication so we can be both productive and happy.  Determination and a willingness to take on responsibility are essential for this position.  Ability to work both as a team and alone is necessary.  A sense of humor doesn’t hurt, and even though it may be the hardest job you’ve ever had, it is possible for it to also be the most fun!  The most important thing is the desire to work hard and learn.

Previous experience farming or gardening is useful.

 There is also an educational non-profit on the farm which teaches alongside our farming operation.  We host young workers from the programs on a weekly basis throughout the season.  We also work with volunteers on a regular basis.

It is beneficial for an apprentice to have experience working with people for this position.  It is necessary that an apprentice be able to work well with other people of all ages.

 The land includes about 120 of woods, and has been in the same family for 5 generations.  We are a bike ride away from the town center, as well as the Greenbush Commuter Line which brings you into Boston.  Our forests are under conservation easement, and there are many trails for walking.  There is a great swimming beach ¼ mile down the road.  The coastal habitat here is diverse and great for exploring.

 Please send cover letter/resume to Deanna at:

farmmgrdeehollyhillfarm@verizon.net