Apprentice Needed for 2015 Season @ Pickering’s Greenhouse

Pickering’s Greenhouse is looking for an apprentice who is interested in learning about the vegetable production on our farm along with the landscaping/masonry and nursery/perennial production.  We are seeking this person from May through the end of the September and possibly into November.  We have about 5 acres in vegetable production and more land we work for rotational purposes.  The farm serves seven restaurants, 45 – 65 CSA members (and growing!), along with a weekend farmstand and markets.  We have potential housing for the right candidate.   Food from the farm is included along with a small weekly stipend.  The apprentice has access to learning not only from the CSA manager on the farm but her parents who both have a strong background in horticulture and the Rutland-Bennington CRAFT network.  There is access to our library and internet.  The farm borders the Battenkill river, which is used often during hot work days!

Interested?  Contact Aliza Pickering at:



Merck Forest and Farmland Center Looking for 2015 Apprentices

Three Positions Available: January-December, 2015

Merck’s Apprenticeship Program is a yearlong opportunity to be immersed in an educational non-profit, whose mission is to teach and demonstrate sustainable management of forest and farmland. Apprentices’ time will be spent learning the concepts and practices of sustainable land management, while also having a hand in Merck’s day-to-day operations.

This position is a great opportunity for recent college graduates that are interested in pursuing a career in agriculture, farm-based education, forest management or those wanting to work in the non-profit sector.

Program Areas:

o Farm planning and production. Skills include driving and farming with draft horses, animal husbandry, gardening, tractor operation, facilities and equipment maintenance

o Maple sugaring

o Forest management and trail maintenance

o Theories and practices of place-based education

o Leading school and volunteer groups

o Involvement with community events and workshops

o Opportunities for professional development


Vermont minimum wage for 40 hours/week, on-site housing, farm raised eggs and meat when available, and access to garden space for growing vegetables.


Applicants must be a minimum of 21 years old and be dedicated, motivated, physically active people, who enjoy working outdoors in all types of weather.  They also need a strong willingness to learn, and openness to teach others. A valid driver’s license is required. Must be able to lift up to 50lbs.  Teaching experience and working on a farm with equipment and/or animals is preferred, but not necessary. No pets allowed and we prefer that couples do not apply.

To apply, email a cover letter and resume to   Deadline for submitting applications is October 1, 2014.

Looking for an apprenticeship?

This year RAFFL 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.

If you are interested in apprenticing on a Rutland County farm this summer please contact me by emailing or Scout Proft of NOFA-VT by calling 802-362-2290.

We can help match you with an area farm that suits your interests!


2013 Apprenticeship Opportunity at Gildrien Farm

Photo Courtesy of Gildrien Farm

Photo Courtesy of Gildrien Farm

Jeremy & Caitlin GildrienGildrien Farm Logo

490 Delorm Rd

Leicester, VT, 05733



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: or contact for position descriptions and applications.

Evening Song

Wouldn’t this be a cool gig?

the irresistible fleet of bicycles

French Hill Apiaries, begun in 1974 and located in the northern Champlain Valley of Vermont and New York, is one of the largest and most successful beekeeping operations in New England.

Queen Catching Crew

We produce high quality liquid and comb honey that is sold throughout the region. My apiary is also noted for producing exceptional, locally adapted bees and queens, used by beekeepers and universities alike. I am a well known beekeeping educator, specializing in helping beekeepers set up and managing a sustainable apiary. If you would like to see what I’m up to in the world of honeybees, google my name.

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