Overview of Apprenticeships
”An apprentice works for an expert to learn a trade, or at least that is as it should be,” Lynn Miller, publisher, editor, extraordinary human being, Small Farmer’s Journal, Winter, 2014 edition
Apprentices at Indian Ridge will acquire the skills and knowledge needed for, but not limited to, livestock management, composting, poultry processing, food preparation and preservation, farmers markets and marketing. We’ve partnered this year with Quivira Coalition in their New Agrarian Program to grow the next generation of ranchers and farmers.
This season, two apprentices will be involved primarily with Pastured Poultry and work closely with the farmers, Tony and Barclay. Farm work can be both incredibly demanding and gratifying at the same time. Anyone who has a serious interest in agriculture and the physical ability work long hours will be considered. Please consider this commitment before applying.
Previous experience with farming and farm life is always a plus but a willingness to learn, have a “go to” attitude and a love of working with and in a natural environment may be all that is required of a successful applicant. Six months is a long time to “try out” farming if you are unfamiliar with the work, so please keep that in mind.
For more information (in addition to what we’ve provided below) about the apprentice program and to apply for the program, please go to Quivira Coalition’s website by clicking here.
A typical weekly schedule follows:
Everyday Chores (Monday-Sunday): Morning and evening livestock chores may include, feeding and watering of pigs, horses, layer hens and goats (milked every morning!), moving pastured poultry pens, moving electric poultry netting, moving steers through Management Intensive Rotational Grazing pasture, collecting and cleaning eggs and the evening “lock-up” of animals after dark.
Day-specific duties in addition to daily chores
Monday: Apprentice Day Off
Tuesday: Apprentice Morning -late afternoon off. Limited afternoon schedule with livestock, including feeding, collecting, sorting and boxing eggs, and catching chickens (beginning in late May) for the next day’s processing session, etc.
Wednesday: After morning chores, all employees and apprentices participate in butchering and packaging pastured poultry (starting late May). A weekly communal dinner will be shared in the main farm house. Apprentices will perform afternoon work with livestock, including feeding, collecting, sorting and boxing eggs, etc.
Thursday: Morning chores. Apprentices may also lead a weekly education tour for children during the summer months.
Friday: After morning chores, one apprentice will accompany either Tony or Barclay for the Telluride Farmer’s Market at 8:00.
Saturday: Morning and afternoon chores.
Sunday: Morning and afternoon chores.
Apprentices work full-time (approximately 40 hours a week depending on the time of year and the weather) with our staff, for an eight-month period beginning in April and ending in November, 2019.
Two full days off per week.
Dinner will be shared at the farmhouse on Wednesday evenings to allow for a discussion of farm topics. All other meals are the responsibility of the individual and are prepared in the worker’s communal kitchen during designated meal times. Apprentices are free to eat from the farm but may need to purchase their own grains, oil, cheese, etc. Some of the foods available to you are: vegetables, eggs, chicken, and goat’s milk.
Apprentices will have their own living/sleeping area inside one of two furnished trailers. The kitchen and communal living room are inside a cabin equipped with a full fridge, gas oven, kitchen table, sofa, woodstove, etc. Workers share and are responsible for a composting toilet and outdoor shower, in addition to a wash sink. All workers are asked to keep their living spaces clean and organized.
Room and board, including $500.00 per month ($125/week), workman’s compensation and paid time off.
Farming is a challenging pursuit. The successful candidate must be able to work hard, enjoy physical labor and be accustomed to early mornings. Previous experience with livestock a plus. We look for candidates who can take responsibility and be accountable for their actions. Following through and completing tasks is essential. Clear-headedness and common sense are important. A sense of humor and willingness to have fun also doesn’t hurt. Applicants must have a valid driver’s license, be able to lift 50 lbs, and must be comfortable butchering chickens and turkeys.
Pets are not allowed on the farm.
THE HIRING PROCESS
Please fill out the online application. Also, two of your references MUST be work-related. If your qualifications meet our standards we will contact you to schedule a phone or on farm (preferred but almost always impossible) interview.
Once accepted, interns will meet with Tony and Barclay to “check in” as to expectations on both the part of the farmers and the intern. The farmers or the intern may end the employment at this time, or commit to the full season.