Job: Apprenticeship on Organic Farm in Georgia, 2013
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Burge Organic Farm has openings for its 2013 apprenticeship program. They are seeking energetic, committed farmers-to-be, and in exchange for hard work and patience they will help you to understand the methods and techniques necessary to run a productive, profitable and biologically diverse farm. And how to have fun while doing it! Burge Organic Farm is committed to using 'beyond organic' techniques to grow food including cover cropping, soil conservation, composting, crop rotation and biological habitat establishment.
Burge Organic Farm is located on a 1000 acre plantation estate that has been in the same family since 1809. The farm is comprised of 16 acres (which includes a 3 acre orchard and seven large high tunnels) that are certified USDA Organic. The property also is host to a private quail hunting operation, wedding facilities, cabins and a full-time culinary staff. Although the farm has been in production for more than 7 years, this is the fourth year of production under full-time management, and 2013 will mark a dramatic increase in production. They will be adding more beehives, more hoop houses, shitake mushrooms, and chickens to the farm this year. They will also focus on expanding food preservation and value-added programs; a passion for cooking and/or some culinary experience is would be a plus.
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Internship Starts: March-April
Internship Ends: Late October-Early November
Number of Interns: 3
App Deadline: ASAP
Minimum Length of Stay: 3-4 Months
Meals: 1 CSA box per week provided.
Skills Desired: Work requirements are that you commit to being in the field ready to get dirty, on time , and looking ahead to the task at hand. You will work together through tough conditions, but will grow some incredible food. An initial 2 week probationary period will determine if the farm is a good fit for you. We will provide the tools and expertise, all you need is patience, perseverance, and a thirst to learn. While they entertain any and all applicants, please understand that an in-person interview will be necessary prior to acceptance into the program.
Educational Opportunities: -Floriculture
-Food Preservation and Seed Savingv
-Record Keeping and Planning
-Organic Orchard Management
-Hoop House/Greenhouse Production
-Pastured Egg Production
Stipend: 40-50 hrs./ week – $800.00/ month + 1 vacation day per month.
Housing: on site housing available complete with wireless internet, a pool on property is available during most of the summer, and you also have access to a 10 mile trail that loops around the property. Plus, it’s pretty out here!
Preferred method Of Contact: Email
Internship Details: General Duties
-Farmers Market Sales
-CSA Packaging and Production Management
-CSA Customer Correspondence
-Restaurant and CSA delivery
-Post-harvest and value added production -Planting/Transplanting/Seed Starting
-Burge Member Services (Farm Tours, etc.)
Website: http://www.burgeplantation.com, http://www.burgeorganicfarm.wordpress.com
Burge Organic Farm
2659 hwy 142
Mansfield, GA 30055