Louisiana: Inglewood Farm seeks Apprentices

24 Feb

General Description: We are looking for energetic, good-natured, skilled, knowledgeable, apprentices for 2011 beginning in spring to help us in our first season at Inglewood Farm. We are going to begin a CSA as well as participate in weekly markets. Apprentices will learn and be involved in all aspects of organic vegetable and forage fed livestock business development and production. The apprenticeship will run for approximately 32 weeks, with a weekly stipend, housing, veggies, and vacation time.


We use biological methods to produce healthy chemical free nutrient dense foods.  Kurt Klukas, our Manager of Organic Operations, has a decade of experience in organic production, but Inglewood will nevertheless provide interns with the opportunity to enable a sustainable farm to develop from the ground up.  Our farm is 3500 acres, 225 of which are now dedicated to sustainable agricultural production, and 1550 of which are dedicated to providing a natural wildlife habitat.   We are open to all races, creeds, ages, sexes, and sexual orientations.


Skills Desired: We seek workers with integrity, enthusiasm, energy, work ethic, sense of humor, eye for detail, self motivation, creative thinking, problem solving, physical fitness, comfort with animals, ability to work alone or as a group, carpentry, animal husbandry, record keeping, leadership, and written and verbal communication skills.  Prior experience gardening or farming is required, and we strongly prefer organic experience, but a hard worker with a good sense of humor and integrity is what we are primarily looking for.  Applicants must be able to handle physically strenuous, repetitive tasks in all weather conditions, and must specifically have the ability to repetitively lift and carry 50 pounds.  We thoroughly research references.


Educational Opportunities: Apprentices will learn business development, forage fed livestock management, organic vegetable production, and farm products marketing. Every day will be a learning experience but we will encourage our apprentices to visit other farms and attend at least one farm conference during the season.


Apprenticeship Details: Apprentices experience every aspect of healthy, chemical-free crop and livestock production.  We will generally work 50-55 hour weeks.  Responsibilities may include: Feeding livestock, collecting eggs, moving animals, mechanical troubleshooting, budget management, composting, preparing soil, laying out plantings, seeding, transplanting, cultivating, weeding, harvesting, and post-harvest handling, CSA box packing, packing for farmers markets, educating consumers, and guiding farm tours; Constructing greenhouses, high tunnels, fences, and irrigation systems; and selling at farmers markets throughout the state of Louisiana.


Stipend: $300 per week plus housing.


Housing: Farmhouse on the property with a high speed internet connection.


Meals: Apprentices can take as many veggies and eggs as they can eat, but meals will not be provided.  Apprentices can cook together or independently depending on personality and diet.


Address: 6287 Old Baton Rouge Hwy., Alexandria, LA 71302


Contact: Kurt Klukas, Corwith Davis


Phone: [Office] 318-442-6398


Email: Corwith@kellerllc.comKurt@kellerllc.com


Website: http://www.inglewoodfarm.com


Apprenticeship Starts: March or April


Apprenticeship Ends: January 2012 or later


Number of Interns: 4


Application Deadline: March 18, 2011


Minimum Length of Stay: 32 Weeks


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