Full Time: (February- November 2012)
– 20+ hours a week apprentice learns/practices sustainable agriculture techniques on local farms. Compensation may vary by farm but minimum wage or equivalent compensation is required
– At least one day a week working alongside other apprentices on the Learning Plot at the Incubator farm
– Educational classes
– Lowcountry Growers Group- Quarterly meetings for local, established farmers and new farmers and apprentices in the area
– At least one day a week, apprentices will focus on marketing the farms produce to restaurants, farm stands, and CSA’s
– Full-time apprentices must complete a crop plan and business plan as part of the apprenticeship
Part Time: (February- November 2012)
– 4-8 hours per week on a farm. These apprentices have the opportunity to learn and practice sustainable agriculture techniques.
– This is a volunteer positions, but there are a large amount of benefits.
Other Benefits: (both apprentice positions)
– Opportunity to participate in the South Carolina New and Beginning Farmers Program
– Farm tours throughout the area
– Opportunity to participate in a Sustainable Agriculture Course and Entrepreneurship Class for Farming/Food Production
– Potential employment on one of the farms
– Potential land for growing/starting a farming enterprise
– Fresh veggies!
To Apply: Please contact the farm for an application, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Incubated Farmer Position
Starting in the Spring of 2012, Lowcountry Local First is partnering with Clemson University to develop an Incubator Farm that provides a low-risk incubation period for farmers interested in entering the market.
The farm is located at Clemson’s Coastal Research & Education Center at 2700 Savannah Highway. The initial 10-acre parcel (4 acres of which are certified for organic use) will be divided into 1-2 acre plots for up to 6 qualified new farmers and the remaining acreage for a Teaching Plot for apprentices, students, and the public. The Incubator Farm will provide the opportunity to share equipment and resources as well as the mentorship of a farm manager during a three-year incubation period.
– Access to a farm mentor for technical assistance and resources
– Lowcountry Local First membership, which includes marketing, networking, and training opportunities
– On-site training and education
– Inclusion in Lowcountry Grower’s Group meetings, which provide additional assistance which provides additional training and networking
The annual cost will be $2,000 per farmer and includes the land, facility, and many materials. Payment plans can be arranged, as they do not want participation costs to be a prohibitive factor for farmers. Incubator farmers will also be required to carry their own liability insurance.
Farmers interested in applying for one of the 1-2 acre plots should submit a resume and application to email@example.com by February 3rd, 2012. Please contact the same email for the application.
Farmer Mentor Position
Essential Job Responsibilities:
The responsibility of the farm mentor is to oversee the operation, support, and facilitation of the incubated farm plots and one-acre learning plots at the incubator farm. The mentor provides coordination, operation, and support on-site. Coordination includes maintaining adequate communication between incubated farmers, Clemson Farm Staff, Lowcountry Local First Staff, apprentices, and groups working on the learning plot. Operation includes training/monitoring incubated farmers on farm policies, equipment, tools, hours, access, and limitations. Support includes assisting the incubated farmers in their planning and preparing of the fields, equipment, and facilities for successful farm businesses.
Minimum Education/ Experience:
Prior farming and personnel management experience is required. BS in Crop Science, Soil Science, Horticulture, or related experience preferred. Familiarity with Lowcountry climate and growing season a plus. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The mentor will receive a monthly stipend and access to two acres and shared equipment for their own farming enterprise.
Applicants need to submit a resume and application to email@example.com with Incubator Farm Manager in subject line. Please contact the same email for the application.