The goal of the Quail Hill Farm advanced apprenticeship is to create an ideal setting for new and beginning farmers to hone their farm management skills and understanding of organic farm systems. We have designed this program in the interest of bridging a perceived gap between first or second year farm apprenticeships and the skills required for more advanced farm management positions. We recognize the growing need for advanced training opportunities that focus on all aspects of a full season (in our case, March through December) of organic, mixed vegetable farm management on a field scale. Our program is designed to allow each member of our crew to experience every aspect of our farm management system, learning through the course of a full season on a diverse, multi-species fruit and vegetable farm.
Located in Amagansett, NY on the East End of Long Island, Quail Hill Farm is a stewardship project of the Peconic Land Trust. Quail Hill was one of the first CSA farms in the U.S. Since its first season in 1990, Quail Hill Farm has grown to 30 acres in production. Each year Quail Hill Farm signs on to the "Farmer's Pledge" of the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York: "to sustain the land in healthy condition for future generations."
Quail Hill Farm serves about 250 member families through a highly unique biweekly pick-your-own CSA model. QHF also markets produce to restaurants, natural food stores, and a farmers' market. In addition, the farm serves as a resource for local beginning farms and community gardens. The Quail Hill Farm crop list contains over 500 varieties of vegetables, herbs, and flowers. The farm community also includes a mature apple orchard, peach trees, raspberries, a few hives of bees, a flock of hens and ducks, and a diversity of birds on the flyway. The Farm, using 3 greenhouses, 5 tractors, extensive irrigation, and a healthy collection of hoes, offers both a Summer and a Winter Share.
In exchange, we offer free housing close to the farm, an hourly minimum wage, produce from the farm, and a beautiful summer close to the Atlantic Ocean. We also offer many educational opportunities for our apprentices, including: Attending the NOFA summer conference, participation in local CRAFT events, access to the farm library, and QHF farm walks with our managers to discuss different topics in our fields. Being a project of a Land Trust, we also offer our advanced apprentices the opportunity to learn the ins and outs of various land conservation tools.
Assist in all aspects of the cultivation of crops for our 250-family CSA membership.
Work directly with a diverse crew of Advanced Apprentices, reporting to the Farm Manager and Farm Director.
Participate fully in all community farm events and educational programs.
Participate in pre-, mid-, and post-season self evaluations and check-ins with Farm Management.
We prefer candidates with at least a full season of mixed vegetable farming at 5-10 acres (or more!). We ask that they are hard workers, are self-motivated, have a persistently positive attitude and a sincere passion for sustainability. Apprentices must be able to work and communicate well with a diverse group of co-workers, volunteers, and farm members in all weather conditions. Participation in a mandatory tractor safety course, time management skills, and a spritely sense of humor are essential. Current driver’s license and ability to operate manual transmissions are helpful.
Email your cover letter and resume outlining your farming and food systems experience, along with 2-3 references, to firstname.lastname@example.org