Massachusetts: Brookwood Community Farm seeks Apprentice

29 Jan

Brookwood Community Farm is a 5-acre farm that grows diversified organic vegetables and flowers in Milton, MA. We run a 200-member CSA, attend two weekly farmer’s markets, and donate produce to local food pantries. For more information and about our mission, please visit: http://www.brookwoodcommunityfarm.org

About the Apprenticeship

Our farm apprenticeship runs full-time from April 1st – October 31st, with possibilities of staying longer for part-time work. The work schedule generally runs from Tuesday through Saturday and  averaging about 40 hours per week.

Apprentices will learn all aspects on operating a non-profit community farm through various hands-on tasks such as greenhouse work, tractor work, harvesting, distributing and marketing produce, and working directly with CSA members, community volunteers, and youth. Throughout the growing season, apprentices will work closely alongside the farm managers through frequent check-in meetings and discussions about best farm management practices and strategies.

Apprentices will have the opportunity to learn outside of the farm from other farmers in the area through CRAFT (Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training) gatherings. These events are great opportunities for both experienced and novice farmers to exchange knowledge with each other. For more information about CRAFT, please visit:  http://www.emasscraft.org/
Additionally, NOFA (Northeast Organic Farming Association) holds frequent workshops and an annual summer farmer’s conference that we encourage apprentices to attend. Please visit: http://www.nofamass.org/ for more information.

Qualifications

Previous farming experience is not required but helpful. We seek individuals that have a strong interest in agriculture, are willing to work hard, eager to learn, open-minded, reliable, responsible, and have a good sense of humor. Enthusiastic about food justice, eating and cooking, and working with volunteers and youth are a plus. You must be able to clearly follow directions, not be afraid to ask questions, be able to work and communicate well with others, be in good physical condition, and be able to lift 50 lbs.

Compensation

Apprentices are paid $360 per week, produce and honey from the farm, and discounts on off-farm products such as eggs and fruit. There will be an optional one paid vacation week to be arranged at the beginning of the apprenticeship.

Housing

There is no housing available on the farm, but we will provide assistance in finding accommodations.

To Apply

Please send in a cover letter, resume, and two references to Judy Lieberman at brookwoodfarmer@gmail.com Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis until filled so please send in your application ASAP. Please contact us if you have any questions.

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