The upcoming 2018 growing season sees us continuing to provide opportunities for budding farmers. The turn-key garden lease opportunity to a qualified leaseholder (see a recent Post for more details) has been filled for 2018! Anne is returning next season with her two boys to offer the finest, nutrient-dense, locally grown organic vegetables.
But, we have two Pastured Poultry internship positions available. The two interns will work alongside the Pastured Poultry Manager (Tony). All in all, we’re excited about the possibilities for the upcoming growing season! Please see the “internship” button for more details.
NOTE: WE HAVE FILLED (AS OF 12/4/17) THE TWO INTERNSHIP POSITIONS FOR THE 2018 GROWING SEASON. THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST.
For the backstory, keep reading!
Over the years, we’ve noticed a dearth in real farm job opportunities for the very same young farmers that we’re training. We teach, “At the end of the summer, you’ll be able to grow food and raise animals either on your own farm, someone else’s farm, apply for another apprenticeship program, or take over the family farm business.” But the reality is that it’s a huge step from apprenticing for a season at a farm and then feeling the confidence, and having the skills and resources to actually start one’s own enterprise.
Of course, many of our apprentices have been able to do just that. They’ve gone on to eventually start their own farms or have taken over for their families. For that we’re so grateful and proud. That’s just what this country needs right now: more food grown on small family farms that sustain and nurture communities throughout the land. But we’re also aware that real job opportunities for budding farmers are not that plentiful.
It’s that apparent gap that got us to thinking a couple summers ago: “let’s create a job opportunity model right here at the farm that can complement everything else we’re doing, including maintaining a scaled-down version of our apprenticeship program”. Why heck, we’ve had a full-time, seasonal farm employee in the past, and it worked out great. The bakery has also had grand success with employees who are paid a living wage for their incredible skills and contributions. Our bakers are the fabulous duo of Fumie Hiromitsu (a former two-year apprentice!) and Paula Robinson (another former apprentice!). So, we know the model works. And we know there’s a demand out there for farm jobs. Sustaining economic vitality in our community through the production of local food has been our mission since day one.