Apprenticeship

2019 Chickadee Farms Apprenticeship Program

We will be hiring one apprentice for the upcoming 2019 season

Chickadee Farms is a 5 acre intensively managed small produce farm started in 2016.

  • This Certified Naturally Grown farm uses regenerative/organic practices.
  • The farm runs a 24 week CSA program, sells to local restaurants and attends 2 Farmer’s Markets where high quality produce and relationships are the top priority.

Apprenticeship Goals:

  • An apprentice is an individual interested in receiving hands-on training in all aspects of a trade from preparing the fields to selling at markets.
  • Successful apprentices are active learners, have clear goals, and push their mentors to provide the information they need. Often bring innovation.
  • Very seriously considering farming as a career goal.
    • This position is intended to prepare you for the experience of starting and operating your own commercial farm.

An Apprentice is Expected to:

  • Live on Farm
    • We will eat meals together: lunch and dinner in the farmhouse
    • Respect the farm/farmhouse: please clean up after yourself
  • Work a Saturday Farmer’s Market from April- November
  • Participate in all Aspects of Running the Farm, i.e. closing up chickens in the evening
  • Work Independently as Needed
  • Take Ownership in Spirit and Quality of Farm
  • Own a car and cell phone

Type of Work Expected:

  • Care of Chicken Flocks: opening, feeding, watering and gathering eggs in the morning, closing up at night. Moving eggmobile when needed.
  • Greenhouse seeding, watering and management
  • Field preparation
  • Transplanting and Seeding Crops
  • Weeding
  • Trellising
  • Pest and disease scouting
  • Setting up, managing and pulling out irrigation and landscape fabric, row cover etc.
  • High Tunnel planting, management and moving
  • Harvesting and Post Harvest Handling
  • Alot of Farm Dishes!
  • Running a Farmer’s Market stand each Saturday
  • Assistance in Construction Projects
  • Assistance in Maintenance Projects
  • Deliveries when needed
  • Assistance in Event Planning
    • We host a pig picking / pie contest event each October; potential for other on-farm events throughout the year

Work Schedule:

March-November 2019

 Monday-Friday 7am-5pm with one hour for lunch break

  Saturday: 7am-2pm (April-November)

Total= 52 hours per week

*please be open to working extra hours if absolutely needed

Days off: After market Saturday (April-November) and Sunday

Additional Days off: 1 week (or seven days) to be worked out with Jenn

Housing:

  • A small finished apartment located in the farm’s barn is the apprentice
    • Includes bathroom, shower, kitchen sink, small kitchen area, mini fridge, microwave and ample lighting with a/c unit and space heater.
  • Electricity in the Barn is paid for by the Farm, please use it conservatively
  • Visitors to the farm cannot interfere with the work schedule
  • Extra Storage is available in the barn loft
  • Please respect the space and let Jenn know if there are any problems

Education and Training:

  • Hands on Training will happen each day as we work
  • Formal Classes will be held for one hour on Friday
    • Jenn will provide topics and resources for the first two months’ classes
    • After this period, the apprentice is expected to select their interested topics for Jenn to discuss during class time
    • Self-starting is essential to acquiring the education you want in this position
    • The farm is a busy place sometimes — formal class-time won’t always be possible, but we try our best
  • Farming Workshops and Field Trips will be planned throughout the year with transportation provided by the farm
    • CFSA conference in the Fall, CFSA farm tour in Spring, visits to friends’ farms, etc.
  • Access to on-farm library
    • Reference texts from authors like Pam Dawling, Eliot Coleman, and Jean Martin are excellent reading for the farmer-in-training!
      • Required Reading Before Apprenticeship: The New Organic Farmer by Eliot Coleman and The Market Gardener by Jean- Martin Fortier
      • Additional Farming Texts will be required reading throughout the year

Compensation:

  • Housing in the barn apartment.
    • Includes electricity, water, and internet
      • Value: $300 plus $50 in utilities each month
  • Food:
    • Meals: Lunch and Dinner will be provided 4 days out of the week
      • Value: $80/week
    • Farm Produce and Eggs:
      • The apprentice is welcome to a reasonable amount of produce and eggs each week (granted they are not desperately needed for CSA)
        • Value:$30/week
  • Stipend:
    • $300/ month plus additional compensation for each Farmer’s Market (around $120 per month)
  • Education:
    • One hour per week will be used to teach some aspect of farming following a apprentice curriculum
    • Workshops and farm field trips will also be arrange when they come up
      • Value: Priceless (Hahha, Kidding! $50/week)

Total Value of Monthly Compensation: $1,410 per month

Please download and complete the Job Application and email it to us along with your resume chickadeefarmsnc@gmail.com with subject line Apprenticeship Applicant by January 31st, 2019

Job Application 2019

Interviews on a rolling basis

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