Farm Apprenticeship

Now hiring for the 2019 season. Fill out an application. Email with any questions.

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Apprenticeship term: April/May 2019 to October/November 2019
(actual start & end dates can vary. Longer term ideal)
Details:
The Walpole Valley Farms Apprenticeship is designed for individuals who desire to have a background in sustainable farming, raising grass-fed and pasture-raised animals.

 

A typical day on the farm can include daily movements of cattle to new paddocks, planning and setup of fencing and movement patterns. Daily movement, feeding and watering of broiler chickens and the Eggmobile. Collection of eggs, cleaning, sorting.
Deliveries to our farm-to-table restaurant & local grocery stores. Interaction with customers in our farm store and guests of our Bed & Breakfast.
On-farm harvesting of chickens and turkeys. Prepare for customer sales in our farm store & get shipments ready. We also do some work with fruits and vegetables, harvesting and canning.

You will learn how to raise livestock sustainably and direct market them to local consumers at our farm to table restaurant, The Hungry Diner, and at our busy Farm Store. In the process we will share what it takes to operate a small successful business with some small business training.
Second-year Apprentice and future employment opportunities are available for those who show initiative
Work Schedule:
Work 5.5 days/week. 50 hours per week.
No specific work experience is required, although a great attitude is essential. Hard work is expected every day, rain or shine.

 

Room & Board:
Free room & board included. Housing is a shared 2-bedroom apartment with kitchen & bathroom, Wi-Fi.
 
There is a generous food allowance: Beef, Chicken, Pork, Turkey, Eggs, cheeses, maple syrup, honey, jams & jellies are available to you right from our farm store.
Compensation:
Free room & board. Stipend is $800/month.

Here is a message from a recent intern:

 

"Interning at Walpole Valley Farms was the best way that my girlfriend and I could have spent the summer. The farm is stunningly beautiful and the farmers treated us like family. They are truly dedicated to stewarding the land and improving the nutritional quality of the food we all eat. We were able to see the sun rise every morning, walk the pasture, and truly embrace the rhythm of summer. If you are looking for a rewarding, educational, and wholesome summer experience, I highly recommend Walpole Valley Farms."

 

-Brian, Minneapolis, MN