Two apprentices needed at Seedfolks Farm in East Calais, Vermont from June 1, 2015 – October 31, 2015
I began working on farms while attending Green Mountain College. My interest continued to grow as I apprenticed and worked on diversified farms small and large. From my first season, I knew farming was for me. The beauty, the realness and the work which yielded very tangible, delicious results drew me in.
For three seasons, I teamed up with a partner to grow several acres of vegetables for a CSA, the Capital City Farmers’ Market and several local wholesale accounts. We have leased land to farm on but believe the farm will grow to be a profitable, sustainable business and offer an enjoyable lifestyle. Teaching other young farmers and being there for support, because this is a hard job, is important to me.
Soil fertility is the most important aspect of this work. Four of our seven acres are seeded to cover crops to help build soil. We add compost and rock dust (for remineralization) and foliar feed our seedlings. I love to mulch! Because we have sandy soil and water carries nutrients, an irrigation system was set up from an uphill pond.
In the future, I hope to diversify into berries and fruit, medicinal herbs and eventually, acquire a farm.
A black cat and a farm dog live alongside the flock of ducks.
I enjoy being outside and growing food for our community. Market is a great social event. Off the farm I enjoy hiking, climbing, swimming and live music… but am happy improving the farm.
We farm a flat piece of sandy ground surrounded by many acres of woods. It’s a long skinny field and among the only tillable acres on the old 250 acre farm. Currently, more cover crops are grown than cash crops. Three acres of mixed veggies are grown each year, while four acres have been in covers. There is a 30 X 72′ hoophouse used for growing mainly tomatoes and a smaller house for seedlings. We have a small pole barn for covered storage as well as a new, insulated shed and wash area. There is a swimming pond on the property and many trails through the woods.
The town is rural and pretty classic. There are a few general stores, swimming holes, and even a couple bars. Montpelier is just down the road.
A car would be helpful by not necessary. Every Saturday, we are in Montpelier for market. Read more »