Farming Internships and Apprenticeship in Delaware - 2017
The Kranz Hill Farm CSA, in Newark, Delaware is seeking 1 full-season APPRENTICE and 3 spring and summer INTERNS for 2017. Applications run through May; positions may be filled as early as mid-March.
Farming Internships and Apprenticeship Descriptions
Through daily involvement in the running of the farm, close and consistent engagement with the farmer, and personal responsibility for the success of certain tasks or crops, an apprentice is expected to mature in his competence and understanding of small-scale sustainable vegetable farming. An apprenticeship requires at least 360 hours of work during the season, and can last from March through November. Due to the small size of the farm, an apprentice must be happy to work alone for hours at a time, and remain diligent and competent without supervision. At least one season of commercial farming experience is preferred but not required. A moderate stipend is available. Housing may be available; please inquire at the interview.
An intern is expected to work at least 120 hours, be eager to learn, and enjoy the subtropical weather of a Delaware summer. No previous experience is expected, though Kranz Hill Farm welcomes experienced gardeners and farmers who would like to learn more about small-scale sustainable farming. Internships can be tailored to the interests, experience, and availability of the individual concerned: in 2015 Kranz Hill Farm offered an internship in the mechanical aspects of the farm, two general internships, and an internship in the care and keeping of chickens, donkeys, and goats. A small stipend is available.
A Note to Applicants: Kranz Hill Farm uses solely organic farming practices, but has no ideological opposition to conventional or large-scale farming. In addition to practical instruction and experience with small-scale farming, the farmers are also willing to talk about philosophy. The farmers take farming seriously as part of the world we live in, and will teach about the benefits and detriments of the type of farming Kranz Hill Farm engages in, and how it fits into society and agriculture at large.
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