Pennsylvania: Sankanac CSA seeks Apprentices

1 Mar

GARDEN AND FARM APPRENTICESHIPS NEEDED: The Sankanac CSA is a 170 member Biodynamic garden situated in the rolling hills of beautiful Chester County, PA. In our 10-acre garden we grow a diverse seasonal mix of vegetables, flowers, herbs, fruit and small livestock. The garden is part of Camphill Village Kimberton Hills, a 432 acre agricultural and crafts community which focuses on life-sharing and specifically includes adults with disabilities.

Apprentices at Sankanac CSA, http://www.camphillkimberton.org/csa.php,
receive intensive “on the job” training by working alongside mentor farmers.
We participate in the North American Biodynamic Apprenticeship Program,
www.bdtraining.org. The CSA offers a 1 or 2 year apprenticeship, and 1-3
month internships, in biodynamic agriculture.  We rely on apprentices to be
self-directed in their learning endeavors, but are committed to supporting
the learning process by offering some theoretical training opportunities as
well. During the quieter season months apprentices receive some theoretical
foundation in biodynamic and organic agriculture through regular mentor
sessions, planning meetings, and ongoing agrarian and anthroposophical study
groups. During the spring and summer apprentices can participate in weekly
regular farm tours and mini seminars offered from May through October
through the Sustainable Agriculture Internship Training alliance (SAITA) of
Southeastern Pennsylvania.

In addition to our CSA, Camphill Village Kimberton Hills also tends a grass
fed dairy farm, an orchard, a small apiary, woodlands, a wood fired bakery,
coffee shop, craft workshops and 17 life-sharing households.

Starts: Immediate Openings
Ends: Positions begin and end in early spring

Meals: All meals are provided by the households.

Skills Desired: Previous gardening or farming experience is a plus but not
required. However, an open attitude and a willingness to receive and follow
direction is paramount. Volunteers live and work with adults with
disabilities.

Educational Opportunities: A strong theoretical component to the training
will be emphasized, and include regional farm tours and monthly seminars
through SAITA. Weekly study groups on Biodynamic Agriculture and
Anthroposophy during the Winter months, as well as weekly participation in
the Kimberton Hills orientation to Camphill and community life are available
to one year volunteers.

Stipend: For Apprentices:  Room and board as well as a stipend of
$130/month. Health care costs are covered after the first three months.

Housing: Private rooms in one of our 17 life-sharing households (that also
include some adults with developmental disabilities).

Contact information:  Craig Brown, Admissions,
information@camphillkimberton.org, 610-935-3963

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