The Well School
The Well School Farm is a small, diversified farm located in Peterborough, NH. On the extensive grounds of the Well School, its aim is to provide sustainable food for its community, offer an experiential “hands-on,” out-door science laboratory, and to educate the school community on sustainability and small-scale food production. The Well School is a K-8 day school in session from September – mid-June. It runs camp programs throughout the summer.
The farm is small and diversified. It includes a 1.7 acre vegetable field with a 30’ x 48’ greenhouse, a barn that houses a herd of goats and sheep, 3 pigs, and many layer hens. There is also a young (not yet producing) orchard that contains apple, pear, and cherry trees. The farm practices and is committed to sustainable and organic practices, but is not certified organic.
The farm supplies food to the school’s lunch kitchen and also sells through its farmstand, through its new 15-member CSA, and occasionally to a local organic food store.
The Well School Farm offers two apprenticeships: April 1st through October 15th, and May 1st through August 31st. Dates can be flexible in certain situations.
Apprentices will be involved in every aspect of work on a small diversified farm.
Vegetables: Apprentices will learn and be instrumental in propagation (seeding, potting), transplanting, cultivating, harvesting, CSA distribution, and market maintenance.
Animals: Depending on the month, apprentices will be involved in animal chores (feeding, watering, collecting eggs), mucking, pasture rotation, general animal care.
Orchard: There may be opportunities to work with the trees, such as pruning and maintaining them.
Education: Apprentices will be involved in developing curriculum for a farm camp as well as the general school year.
There may also be the ability to learn about crop planning, animal breeding and health, and other topics depending on interest.
Apprentices will work Monday through Friday, 7:30am – 5pm, with an hour for lunch. Every 3rd weekend, an apprentice is responsible for basic farm chores.
Each apprentice has their own small rustic casita (10 x 12), with a bed and basic furniture. The cabins are located in the school’s “eco-village” next to the farm, where the farmer and some faculty also live. There is a community kitchen, which includes a half-bathroom. There is a communications room down in the school for phone and internet use. There is a half-bathroom in the community kitchen, and showers are available in outside shower or down in school building. There are free laundry facilities in the school building.
Each apprentice will receive $100 per week, plus vegetables and eggs.
Cars are welcome but not necessary. There is a parking lot down at the school to keep a car in – we try to keep them off the farm and village. Bicycles are even better – downtown Peterborough is only a couple of miles away.
Downtown Peterborough is a small vibrant community, filled with shops, restaurants, a bar and live music venue, the oldest library in the country, yoga studios, etc. In the Peterborough area there are lots of great hiking trails and outdoor activities. Peterborough is 25 minutes west of Keene and 2 hours northeast of Boston.
Apprentices who work the full-length program (April – October) are given one week paid vacation, preferably taken between July 1st – August 31st. Dates will be worked out at the beginning of the apprenticeship.
To apply, please send a resume and letter of interest to Catherine Condella (farm manager) at email@example.com