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
Apprentices, working with the livestock manager and assistant, will learn the skills to create and maintain a healthy environment for the animals. Stewardship of the environment, human health and the various animals’ biological and instinctual welfare are our priorities within a multispecies rotational grazing system. This year’s apprenticeship will emphasize the growing dairy goat herd, but will actively involve all the different species of animals…. Yearling dairy ewes, goat kids, beef cattle, swine, laying hens, turkeys and honey bees. Specific livestock husbandry topic areas will include soil health, pasture management and multispecies rotations, kidding, milking goats, breeding, parasite management, poultry brooding, harvest operation of relevant equipment, food safety, animal nutrition, beehive management, tracking production data and animal harvest logistics.
Skills Desired: Strong commitment and effort, solid time management skills and attention to detail are all necessary to succeed. Experience working with livestock and tractor and equipment operation are preferred but not required. Evenings (2 nights/week), weekends (2x month), and working on some holidays is required.
To apply, please submit your cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.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.