Apprentices from the 2013 season: Liz and Miranda. Liz and her husband have gone on to start Mountain Sun Farm in north Alabama, where they grow vegetables. Miranda has continued her farming education by studying Permaculture and mushroom production. She works with us part-time. These ladies really set the standard high for future workers!
Positions are filled for 2020!
We are young farmers eager to share our experiences, our farm, and the workload with folks who are seriously interested in small, sustainable farm production. We have 2 positions for the 2020 growing season, which runs February through December, 2020.
Apprentices will participate in all aspects of the farm: increasing soil fertility through composting and cover cropping, greenhouse work, caring for pigs and chickens, transplanting, direct seeding, weeding, harvesting, and marketing through farmer’s markets and CSA. Also exposure to record keeping, crop planning, and food preservation.
-Desire to learn farming as a career or lifestyle is required. We want to work with folks who are serious about sustainable agriculture. Our main objective is to grow the best quality food possible for our 125 share CSA ( about 350 people), and that takes a lot of hard, long hours. It also takes serious attention to the smallest details, so if you are just looking for a place to find yourself, or kind of interested in what farming may be all about, no need to apply.
-Previous sustainable farming experience is preferred. At least some gardening experience is strongly preferred. But most importantly we are looking for folks with a strong work ethic!
-Our ideal apprentice has a positive outlook on life and the ability to have fun and enjoy the work.
-Physical ability to carry out difficult manual labor is a must.
– Although we are a diversified operation, there are some tasks that are quite repetitive, such as weeding.
-Lots of energy and enthusiasm are needed!!
-The ability to work out in the heat/cold is necessary. It gets very hot and humid in Georgia in the summer!
One can expect to work 45-55 hours a week with 1-2 days off. As a side note for days off, we are 1 hour south of Atlanta, 30 minutes from Columbus, and 10 minutes from Callaway Gardens and FDR State Park (hiking trails and camping).
Please send your resume, and tell us what you hope to gain from an apprenticeship with us.
An interview at the farm is required for all potential apprentices.
All Star Apprentice Katherine Kennedy. Katherine went on to manage the farm at Lion Heart School in Atlanta, and is now the director of the non-profit farm Concrete Jungle in Atlanta. She worked with us in 2010.