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2018 Field Crops/Hay Apprenticeship

About the Position:

Begins: March 19, 2018

Ends: November 21, 2018

Stipend: $10.00 an hour with paid overtime

Housing: Housing provided as available

Meals: Cook your own meals with our produce, eggs, meat and dairy

 

We currently farm over 300 acres of crops and hay with a focus on no-till and conservation tillage. We make dry and wrapped large square bales. This position will work directly with our Mechanic/Operator to operate and maintain equipment in all aspects of our cropping operations including: field preparation, spreading, disking, subsoiling, leveling, seeding and foliar feeding. Hay production entails mowing, tedding, raking, wrapping, and hauling. Apprentices will learn the specifics of cover crop establishment, seed mixes, seeding timing, rates and depths, equipment setup, litter management, forage production, pasture establishment, nutrient management, mixing custom biological foliar feeds that are NOP Compliant.

Skills Desired: At least 1 year of experience working in agriculture with 50hp+ tractors and implements and a strong interest in pursuing Organic Crop and Hay farming as a career.

To apply, please submit your cover letter and resume to info@carversvillefarm.org

 

About the Program:

Carversville Farm Foundation (CFF) is a non-profit farm that combines ecological regeneration and agricultural production to serve our environment as well as our community. We currently distribute our farm products to soup kitchens and food pantries in the greater Philadelphia area to help improve access to wholesome, locally grown foods. CFF also sells some of its products. We are in the early stages of creating a diversified farm with intensive cover cropping, multi-species grazing, dairy, hay, vegetable, fruit and mushroom production.

Our apprenticeship program is designed as an introduction to regenerative land management. This includes learning to see the land holistically, beginning with an in-depth assessment of our ecological and cultural context. Apprentices will work a minimum of 40 hours/week with our full-time farmers on every aspect of production, and will also have the opportunity to attend workshops, classes, and trainings on and off the farm to support their professional development in regenerative agriculture.

 

Who We Want:

Carversville Farm Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applicants should possess the ability and desire to work hard in both an independent and diverse team setting, often in adverse weather conditions. Must be able to lift up to 40lbs. Must have a valid driver’s license. Applicants should also have the self-motivation to strive towards completing tasks quickly and efficiently. Good people skills and the willingness to work with volunteers are important. We’re seeking people who are reliable, organized, enthusiastic, have good communication skills and an attention to detail, and have an eagerness to learn the principles of organic and regenerative farming.

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