Homesteading/Farming Apprenticeships in Vermont

Horses on the FarmHarmony Homestead Farm in southern Vermont has two openings for “Homesteader/Carpenter Apprenticeships. They are a 100 acre homestead/farm and are currently building out the infrastructure to become a sustainable teaching and retreat farm destination. They have some livestock, vegetable and fruit gardens and will begin hosting farm stays this year. Their CSA and market vending is suspended this season so that primary work focus will be on infrastructure construction and improvement. Both apprenticeships are stipend supported live-in positions that include room & board. A minimum 6 month commitment is required. Candidates experienced with both farming and building skills will be preferred. Jobs will include a balance of farm chores and projects and participation in finishing the construction of a new farm center building already erected. Carpentry experience to include measuring, fitting, cutting, attaching and working with a variety of materials. Any experience in other trades i.e. masonry, plumbing, electrical, will be considered a plus.

Farmer Paul is a master carpenter/builder and an experienced teacher. Learning opportunities include; Sawyer - Dimensional lumber will be milled on the property with their own saw mill and trim boards. Rough and finish Carpentry. Sustainable/green building methods. Masonry. Plumbing. Basic electrical. Animal husbandry. All aspects of growing/vegetable farming and building, homesteading and living in farm community. And much much more. The selected apprentices will be expected to be part of the farm operation as well as the building projects. Animal care and gardening duties will be rotated and scheduled into each week. The work requirement will be five and one half days per week. Participation in basic common/living chores will be expected on a daily basis such as meal prep, dishes, cleaning and maintaining a tidy and pleasant living homestead. Time off will be scheduled and entirely free from work duties. Living accommodations are cabin tents on platforms during summer and fall months. Heated cabin quarters are available during cold seasons. Personal transportation will be helpful. Should have your own tool belt but tools are not required. Priority will be given to individuals with positive, enthusiastic energy, easy dispositions and a passion for learning and living a sustainable life. Working well with others is a must. Please contact for more information about the position, the farm and to submit an application. Email inquiries to: paulbrotchie@hotmail.com or call Paul at the farm 802-325-2108.

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