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.
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.
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 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 issues.
Assist in all aspects of our 35-acre non-certified mixed vegetable operation, including: seeding and propagation work, greenhouse management, transplanting, field crop care, cultivation, hoeing, handweeding, machine maintenance, tractor operation, infrastructure maintenance/repair/construction, irrigation, harvesting, post-harvest handling, marketing, and building community with our highly unique, 200-family Pick Your Own CSA members. You get the idea.
At least 1 season on a mixed veg operation, farmer training program or first year apprenticeship required.
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