SEEKING DAIRY/CHEESE APPRENTICE for 8 month position with James Ranch Artisan Cheese, an organic, grass-based dairy and cheese making operation in Durango, Colorado. Hands-on experience with all aspects of cheese production, including low-stress animal handling, milking, cheese-making, biological monitoring, marketing, financial planning, Holistic Management, and land stewardship. The James Ranch is a perfect agrarian classroom andhas been recognized for innovation and leadership in sustainable agriculture.
James Ranch Artisan Cheese has partnered with the Quivira Coalition, a conservation non-profit in Santa Fe, NM to offer agricultural apprenticeships through a program called CARLY (Conservation and Ranching Leadership and Youth). The explicit intent of CARLY is to train the next generation of agrarian leaders. We now seek the next apprentice for the James Ranch to start in April 2011.
Enthusiasm and sincere commitment to sustainable agriculture and food production is more important than experience, though experience with large animals and dairy is a plus. Compensation is room/partial board + a stipend. Contact Avery Anderson at the Quivira Coalition to request an application: (505) 820-2544, Ext. 3#, firstname.lastname@example.org. The application deadline is Sunday, February 20, 2011.