Apprentice with us

 
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Working to Learn

Job Description
Our interns participate in all aspects of the farm’s operations, including the philosophy of sustainable methods, the logistics of managing a diverse vegetable and animal farm, and marketing. Interns will be exposed to greenhouse propagation, soil amending, cover cropping, bed preparation, weed control, pest management, harvesting and season extension, as well as animal husbandry and humane processing. The internship entails about 45-55 hours of work per week, including marketing at the CSA or farmers market for half a day on Saturdays.

Desired Skills
Although prior farming experience is not strictly necessary, our apprenticeship program is designed for those with a serious professional interest in agriculture.  Aside from demonstrating a strong interest in sustainable agriculture, you are our ideal candidate if you are honest, responsible, respectful and reliable. You should be self-motivated; take pride in doing high quality work; work well with others and individually; have a good sense of humor and a desire to have fun; and be excited about living in community with others. Good people skills are important—you should display a friendly, energetic and engaged demeanor when interacting with CSA members and customers farmers markets, and be comfortable interacting and leading volunteers, student work groups and WWOOFers. Finally, you should find pleasure in physical work in all weather conditions, be able to lift 55 lbs and have a valid driver’s license.

Compensation and living arrangementsApprentices receive room and board on the farm as well as a $850/month stipend.  Housing is available as either a room within the farmhouse or in an adjoining studio apartment.  Both housing options offer a private bathroom. Other amenities include workers compensation insurance, wireless internet, laundry facilities, and farm produce for personal use.

Meals are typically cooked and eaten communally, with rotating responsibilities both in the kitchen and around the farmhouse.  We eat a primarily veggie-centric diet supplemented with protein raised on the farm.

Education
Interns receive substantial education in all aspects of running a small-scale, diversified farm, and enjoy access to the farm’s large agricultural library. Interns are also given the opportunity to participate in CRAFT (Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training), which includes regular half-day visits to other farms in the area and in the annual NOFA Summer Conference.  If there is interest, interns can learn about and participate in food preservation, yoghurt making, bee-keeping and harvesting honey.

Recreational opportunities
The Berkshires is a cultural mecca and a paradise for outdoors enthusiasts. The area boasts over a hundred cultural attractions, many of them world renowned. Take in a concert at Tanglewood; see a show at the Williamstown Theater Festival, Shakespeare and Company or the Barrington Stage; or enjoy art exhibits at the Clark Art Institute, Mass MoCA or the Norman Rockwell Museum. We’re located right at the base of Mt. Greylock, the state’s highest peak—just head out the door to go for a hike, mountain bike or trail run. A number of other state parks dot the area. Take a dip at Pontoosuc Lake, Wahconah Falls or Margaret Lindley Park, all just minutes away. Three other farms in the area host apprentices—make some new friends and hang out after work. Grab a book from our extensive sustainable ag library and add some book learning to your new-found hands-on skills.

Start/End Dates: Early April – Late November

Application Deadline: Rolling Admission until positions are filled

How to Apply

  1. Email a cover letter and resumé to: jim@redshirtfarm.com
  2. Complete the online Apprentice Application