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Apprenticeship Posted Dec 15, 2017
Caretaker Farm , Williamstown, MA
 
Caretaker Farm, established in 1969, is a community supported farm, that provides vegetables and fruits for 275 families. We annually train 3 apprentices within the framework and principles of organic agriculture. The farm also provides food weekly to a community hot meals program and a food pantry.

The farm, while primarily directed to vegetable production, has mixed livestock (Pigs, Chickens, and Bees), 1 greenhouse, 3 hoophouses, 2 Caterpillar Tunnels, an orchard, and a bakery. Nestled in a picturesque valley, Caretaker Farm covers 34 acres of forest land, meadow, pasture, vegetable fields, two ponds, and is bisected by a meandering stream.

Internship Starts: Start of April through End of May
Internship Ends: End of August through End October
Number of Interns: 3
App Deadline: Rolling Admission until Filled
Minimum Length of Stay: 3 months

Meals: Apprentices have their own private kitchen. They are welcome to use farm vegetables.

Skills Desired: While previous farming experience is not a prerequisite, the program is most suitable for those who feel they have a serious vocational interest in farming and/or agricultural development. We seek apprentices who are self motivated; take initiative; are reliable, responsible, and professional; work well with others and individually; have a good sense of humor; appreciate high quality work/products; are excited about living in community with others; possess a deep respect for others and the land; work hard; and are able to lift 55 lbs.

Educational Opportunities: The education includes full immersion into the inner workings of a small scale family farm from soil preparation and greenhouse propagation to weed control and harvesting. There is a vast amount of education derived from the active participation in all of the farming systems throughout the season. Another component is CRAFT (Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training), a seminar and farm visitation program for the apprentices from Caretaker and eleven other farms in the region. The objective of CRAFT is to enable the apprentices to study the diversity of farm design and agricultural technique found within the 12 collaborating farms and to form long-term friendships and a supportive community with their peers. We also share all of our farm planning materials developed over the winter, provide weekly farm tours for apprentices, share literary resources that support out work, distribute weekly farm management information, teach fall workshops specific to the interests of the apprentices, facilitate monthly feedback sessions on both field work and community life, and provide support as apprentices develop the dreams of their farming future.

Stipend: $950/month, Housing, Paid 1 Week Vacation, Paid Personal Days, Wireless Internet, Laundry Facilities, Workers Compensation and Lots of Vegetables from the Farm. Fully Subsidized Health Insurance is Available Through the State of Massachusetts..

Housing: All apprentices live on the farm in heated cabins.

Preferred method Of Contact: Email

Internship Details: Caretaker Farm's Apprenticeship supports the development of individuals to determine if they want to pursue a career in agriculture and provides the foundational knowledge to be able to successfully move on from the apprenticeship to manage a sustainable vegetable farm. For the past 40 years, more than 130 alumni have graduated from our programs to manage farms, organizations, and homesteads all over the country. To apply for an apprenticeship, please send a document containing: cover letter; resume; and contact information for 3 references. There is much information about the farm and the apprenticeship on our website www.caretakerfarm.org. Thank you for your interest!

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