2019 Chickadee Farms Apprenticeship Program
We will be hiring one apprentice for the upcoming 2019 season!
Chickadee Farms is a 5 acre intensively managed small produce farm started in 2016.
Our Certified Naturally Grown farm uses regenerative/organic practices.
The farm runs a 24 week CSA program, sells to local restaurants and attends 2 Farmer’s Markets, where high quality produce and relationships are the top priority.
An apprentice is an individual interested in receiving hands-on training in all aspects of a trade from preparing the fields to selling at markets.
Successful apprentices are active learners, have clear goals, and push their mentors to provide the information they need. Questions and curiosity often spurs innovation!
You are seriously considering farming as a career goal. This position is intended to prepare you for the experience of starting and operating your own commercial farm.
An Apprentice is Expected to:
Live on Farm: we will eat lunch and dinner together in the farmhouse. It is important you respect the farm/farmhouse: please clean up after yourself!
Work a Saturday Farmer’s Market from April - November
Participate in all aspects of running the Farm, i.e. closing up chickens in the evening
Work independently as needed
Take ownership in the spirit and quality of our Farm
Own a car and cell phone
Type of Work Expected:
Care of chicken flocks: opening, feeding, watering and gathering eggs in the morning, closing up at night. Moving egg mobile when needed.
Greenhouse seeding, watering and management
Field preparation, transplanting and seeding crops, weeding, trellising
Pest and disease scouting
Setting up, managing and pulling out irrigation and landscape fabric, row cover etc.
High tunnel planting, management and moving
Harvesting and post harvest handling
A lot of farm dishes!
Running a Farmer’s Market stand each Saturday
Assistance in construction and maintenance projects
Deliveries when needed
Assistance in event planning: We host a pig picking / pie contest event each October - and possibly other on-farm events throughout the year
March - November 2019
Monday - Friday 7am - 5pm with one hour for lunch break
Saturday: 7am - 2pm (April - November)
Total = 52 hours per week
*please be open to working extra hours if absolutely needed
Days off: After market Saturday (April - November) and Sunday
Additional Days off: 1 week (or seven days) to be worked out with Jenn
A small finished apartment located in the barn
Includes bathroom, shower, kitchen sink, small kitchen area, mini fridge, microwave and ample lighting with a/c unit and space heater.
Electricity in the barn is paid for by the Farm, (please use it conservatively)
(Your) visitors to the Farm cannot interfere with the work schedule
Extra storage is available in the barn loft
Please respect the space and let Jenn know if there are any problems!
EDUCATION & TRAINING
Hands on training daily as we work
Formal on-farm classes for 1 hour on Fridays
Jenn will provide topics and resources for the first two months’ classes
After this period, the apprentice is expected to select their interested topics for Jenn to discuss during class time
Self-starting is essential to acquiring the education you want in this position
The farm is a busy place sometimes — formal class-time won’t always be possible, but we try our best
Off-farm education and training
Farming Workshops and Field Trips will be planned throughout the year with transportation provided by the farm
CFSA conference in the Fall, CFSA farm tour in Spring, visits to friends’ farms, etc.
Access to on-farm library
Required reading before apprenticeship: The New Organic Farmer by Eliot Coleman and The Market Gardener by Jean- Martin Fortier
Reference texts from authors like Pam Dawling, Eliot Coleman, and Jean Martin are excellent reading for the farmer-in-training!
Additional Farming Texts will be required reading throughout the year
Housing in the barn apartment
Includes electricity, water, and internet (Value: $300 plus $50 in utilities each month)
Meals: lunch and dinner will be provided 4 days out of the week (Value: $80/week)
Farm produce and eggs: The apprentice is welcome to a reasonable amount of produce and eggs each week (granted they are not desperately needed for CSA) (Value:$30/week)
$300/month plus additional compensation for each Farmer’s Market (~$120 per month)
One hour per week will be used to teach some aspect of farming following a apprentice curriculum
Workshops and farm field trips will also be arranged when they come up (Value: Priceless! Hahha, Kidding! $50/week)
Total Value of Monthly Compensation: $1,410 per month
Please download and complete the Job Application and email it to us along with your resume firstname.lastname@example.org with subject line Apprenticeship Applicant by January 31st, 2019.