Apprenticeship Opportunities


The 2017 Apprenticeship application period is open. Download the application here:

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Apprenticeship term: March-May to October-November
(terms can go earlier & later. Actual start & end dates can vary)
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. Learn about a well-diversified sustainable farm operation first hand.

 

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 and delivery to local restaurants and grocery stores. Interaction with customers in our farm store and guests of our Bed & Breakfast.
On-farm harvesting of chickens and turkeys. Prepare for farmers markets and customer sales in our farm store. 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 Farmer's Markets, restaurants 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, including profit center and budget analysis if desired.
Second-year Apprentice and future employment opportunities are available for those who show initiative.
Work Schedule:
Work 5.5 days/week. 50-60 hours per week. Most weekends required to work.
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.
 
You will eat well while you are here, as there is a generous food allowance during your stay. Beef, Chicken, Pork, Turkey and Eggs are available to you right from our farm store. Work and share in the harvest of the intern/apprentice/family vegetable garden as well.

 

Compensation:
All room & board free. Pay based on experience and length of term. Apprentice starting stipend is $400/month with up to $800/month with performance advances.

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