Kettle Pond Farm (KPF), located in Berkley, Massachusetts, is a 100-share non-profit CSA farm that is certified organic. In our 6th year of operation we grow vegetables and raise chickens on 2+ acres out of 30 acres managed by the non-profit. We also focus on educating the community about the importance of local agriculture, food preservation and sustainable land stewardship through monthly workshops and educational events.
About the Apprenticeships:
Our full season apprenticeship runs full-time from April 1st through September 30st. We are offering an additional peak season apprenticeship from June through August. Additional work in the Fall may also be avaliable.
We would like our apprentice to be motivated, hard-working, eager to learn, and capable of working independently as needed.
The work week will consist of 5 full days (approx 7 a.m. – 5 p.m., including lunch break). Each apprentice will work one day per week till 7 pm watching the share pick-up area and work about one weekend per month. Hours will average 40-50 per week but will vary through the season.
Apprentices will be involved with all aspect of running a diverse community based farm. The work will include: greenhouse propagation and maintenance, field seeding and transplanting, hand cultivating and harvesting, irrigation set-up and control, CSA harvesting and preparation, maintaining crop records and notes, mowing and general maintenance, and some animal chores. Apprentices will also be expected to work with and assist volunteers at the farm.
The potential for taking on independent projects around the farm is great for those with the interest and initiative.
We offer a stipend of $600/month for full-season apprentices and $500/month for peak season apprentices as well as farm vegetables and eggs. Housing in our farm house is also included with the apprenticeship. The house is fully furnished (one single and one double room for interns), has wireless internet, landline, laundry facilities and work space. The house will be the home to 1-3 interns and the farm manager and his partner. Participation in the summer NOFA conference is also available for interested interns. Time off as agreed upon is also available. In order for apprentices to get the most out of their time on the farm, informal and/or formal learning, research, discussion, and study will be encouraged and facilitated.