Farm Apprentices

Location: 
Raynham, Massachusetts
Publication Date: 
Monday, December 2, 2013 (All day)
Company Name: 
Freedom Food Farm

Freedom Food Farm is hiring Farm Apprentices for the 2014 season.  Learn by doing on an 88 acre diversified farm in Raynham, MA where we grow/raise berries, produce, pigs, chickens, and cows.  We follow organic, biodynamic, and low-input principles as we strive towards a truly sustainable farm.  Our primary marketing focus is a year-round, (almost) full diet CSA, we also sell at farmers’ markets, a farm stand, and wholesale.

 

We maintain a 1:1 ratio of experienced farmers to apprentices, ensuring that the apprentices have ample opportunity to learn directly from the farmers in the field.  You will learn hands-on skills in all aspects of farming, including tractor driving, equipment maintenance/repair, tillage, propagating, planting, cultivating, irrigating, harvesting, preserving/fermenting the harvest, seed saving, making hay, supervising crews, caring for and slaughtering livestock, bee-keeping, building fencing, marketing, carpentry, plumbing, and greenhouse and general construction.  The Farm Apprentice Program also contains an academic component, covering topics such as entomology, livestock science and husbandry (most of our animals are from our own breeding stock), basic soil science, soil microbiology, soil formation and classification, botany, greenhouse management, plant physiology,  plant pathology, post-harvest physiology, cover cropping, starting a farm business, and food policy in New England.

 

Apprentices will also have the chance to visit and learn from other farms through Eastern Mass. CRAFT (Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farm

Training) and Beginning Farmer Network’s Young Farmers’ Nights.  Compensation includes housing on the farm, free veggies, $200/week, health insurance, and future employment opportunities.  I will personally ensure that apprentices who complete the program will have the skills and experience to become successful farmers in New England.

 Preference will be given to those with at least one year of farming experience, or a B.S. degree in an agricultural field. Applicants must be able to lift 80LBS, work outside in wind, rain, snow, or sleet and temps. ranging from 10-100 degrees F, and be ready for the risks and rewards of making a living farming in New England. If you're still in, please send a cover letter, resume, and three employment related references to Chuck Currie at freedomfoodfarm@gmail.com.