Little Village Farm Seeks an Apprentice/Intern/Farmhand for the Growing Season

Little Village Farm, a diversified vegetable CSA farm is looking for some help this growing season. Educational opportunities abound!

For more information check out their website by clicking here.

You can contact Jeremiah and Cara directly by emailing littlevillagefarm@gmail.com.

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Still Looking for a Farm Apprenticeship?

The CRAFT Program, a Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training, is a structured program for seasoned apprentices run by the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFA-VT).

This year the Rutland Area Farm & Food Link is working with NOFA-VT on the Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training (C.R.A.F.T.) Program. A number of farms in and around Rutland County will be  hosting apprentices who will be receiving training through the CRAFT program this summer.

Participating in a farm apprenticeship through the CRAFT program will give you access to 4-5 workshops just for CRAFT apprentices and a great support network of aspiring and beginning farmers.

The CRAFT program is a great way to get your shoe in the door for the NOFA-VT Journey Farmer Program.

We will be matching up farms with apprentices soon. We’ll have some dairy farms, livestock farms and diversified veggie farms participating.

Please email me at garland@rutlandfarmandfood.org if you are interested in participating!

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Sweet Georgia P’s Seeking Summer Farm Hands

From Rebecca & Joe Pimentel, Sweet Georgia P’s, Pittsfield, VT:

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Duties may include planting, watering, weeding, harvesting, washing and selling organic produce as well as delivering produce to our CSA locations.  Therefore a valid license is required.

Additionally, we have dairy goats, chickens and are bringing in some sheep so some animal care will be expected including feeding and watering as well as collecting and cleaning eggs, milking dairy animals and of course keeping barns in order.

We can supply employee housing and and are willing to train.  Pay scale to be determined.

Applicants must be hardworking and willing to flexible as far as scheduling goes.

Our website is going to be updated this week but some general information can be seen at sweetgeorgiap.com

Contact Rebecca & Joe by clicking here.

[note: this farm has just recently moved from Massachusetts to Pittsfield, VT]

For the Aspiring Farmer: An Opportunity to Get Your Hands Dirty at Green Mountain College

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GMC’s 13-week, 14-credit Summer Farm ‘Field & Table’ Intensive Semester is an option that is available and open to any interested prospective new farmer, as long as they are a high school graduate, who may want to gain up to 14 college credits at our own Cerridwen Farm (room and board included with tuition).  

Openings for summer semester are available, and more information and the application is here: http://www.greenmtn.edu/farm_intensive/admissions.aspx

GMC Field & Table Intensive Summer Term: May 20 – August 16, 2013
Mid-Term Break: July 4-7

The summer intensive program will directly involve students in managing all elements of the farm’s operations while simultaneously providing them with a strong curricular foundation in sustainable agriculture focused on three core areas: the fundamentals of organic crop and animal management; efficient integration and management of highly-diverse farm systems; and intensive development of food production management skills.

Additionally, students will be able to experience, investigate, and evaluate first-hand the alternative and sustainable local food system (also known as the “foodshed”) of theRutland County VT during the peak agricultural production and marketing season. This will occur through qualitative research (including interviews with guest food system participants such as farmers, chefs/cooks, food distributors, farmers’ market coordinators) and field site visits to other local farms, markets, restaurants, value-added processors.

 

Students will be able to study, literally hands-on, their food supply from field to fork. This will entail cultivation, selection, harvest, and preparation of seasonal produce; dairy animal care, hand-milking and cheese making; and even poultry processing from living animal to stewpot. They will design and prepare menus and meals that they will be eating each week, using their own farm’s produce and sourcing non-Cerridwen Farm ingredients. The skills and knowledge students acquire will enable them, either as practitioners or advocates, to wrestle with the problems of modern agriculture and to be part of the growing food revolution that seeks to address these problems.

 

Singing Cedars Farmstead is Hiring for Summer of 2013

Seeking Assistant Farm Managers (paid positions)

Singing Cedars Farmstead is a certified organic diversified farm located on Lake Champlain in Orwell, selling meats, tomatoes, greenhouse crops, and prepared foods. For this upcoming season 2013 I am seeking a couple or several individuals with previous experience to manage the day to day operations of the farm. Accordingly as assistants we work together to plan the season, keeping production geared towards past successes and the areas that you are especially skilled or interested in. A large component of these positions is sales. Assistant farmers go to all markets, make deliveries and are generally the face of the farm. These positions are paid a monthly salary plus incentives. Interested individuals should have completed several full growing seasons on other farms, and be oriented towards establishing farming careers. Positions are live in, beginning Mid-April or sooner, and going through October.

Farm Background:

Singing Cedars Farmstead has been in business in Orwell for 10 years, farming organically and diversified the entire time. Scott studied sustainable agriculture at UVM and has been involved in raising excellent organic foods for nearly 20 years.

Farm Setting and Operation:

The farm is located in a rural farming community of 1500 people. The farm sits on the beautiful shore of Lake Champlain and is surrounded by
forest. Primarily a greenhouse operation with up to 2 acres of veggies land, intensively managed, and animals rotationally graze 14 acres. Composts are made on the farm as well as most of the soil. Produce, prepared foods and meats are sold at Farmers Markets, off the farm and to coops. Last season we attended over 100 markets, a weekly online market and made deliveries 3 days a week to restaurants and food coops. We are very busy.

Singingseeders@gmail.com, Scott Greene 948-2062, http://www.singingcedarsfarmstead.com

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2013 Apprenticeship Opportunity at Gildrien Farm

Photo Courtesy of Gildrien Farm

Photo Courtesy of Gildrien Farm

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490 Delorm Rd

Leicester, VT, 05733

Email: gildrienfarm@gmail.com

Website: http://www.gildrienfarm.com

Caitlin and Jeremy Gildrien own and operate Gildrien Farm, we have backgrounds in Agroecology and Botany respectively. Gildrien Farm is focused on providing healthy food, grown sustainably, with a positive environmental impact.

Our farm is 10 miles from downtown Middlebury and 20 from Rutland, which both have with a great co-op, a movie theater, and several restaurants. The Green Mountains are close by and afford many outdoor activities.

Gildrien Farm is a small family-run farm. We are in our fifth year of operation and have roughly 4 acres in cultivation and 3 hoophouses. We operate a CSA, have some wholesale accounts, and attend a couple of farmers’ markets. We grow about 30 different crops and work to provide CSA customers with a well rounded, varied, and interesting share. Most work on our farm is split between hand work and tractor cultivation.

We are in organic transition, our greenhouses will be certified this year but not our fields. However, we follow the organic standards in the fields.

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2013 Apprenticeship Opportunity at Evening Song Farm

Photo Courtesy of Evening Song Farm

Photo Courtesy of Evening Song Farm

From Kara & Ryan at Evening Song Farm:

Position description and applications are available for our 2013 season apprenticeship program at Evening Song Farm in Cuttingsville, VT. Evening Song Farm is a small, biodynamic vegetable farm that grows food for a CSA, farmers’ markets, schools, restaurants, camps, and co-ops. We hire 2 to 3 folks for the growing season to work directly with the farmers from farm planning, crop management, harvesting, to marketing. We have a strong educational focus, gearing the apprenticeship towards folks who may pursue a career in the agricultural world. The farm is located in a fun, energetic region of Vermont, full of community and other vibrant farms.

Check out our website: http://www.eveningsongcsa.com/doc/farm-apprenticeship or contact useveningsongcsa@gmail.com for position descriptions and applications.

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