Organic Farming Apprenticeships on Sweetwater Organic Community Farm in Florida
Sweetwater Farm is a non-profit, community-supported urban organic farm and educational center located in the Town n’ Country area of Tampa (just northwest of TIA). Through our hands-on programs, visitors of all ages practice appropriate land stewardship and master sustainable agriculture techniques. Established in 1993, we are a true urban organic farm nestled right in the middle of the city with easy access to all of Tampa’s offerings.
Organic Farming Apprenticeships: Our Apprentices work seasonally from September/October through the end of April/May growing certified organic vegetables, herbs, and flowers for our Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program and our on-site Sunday Market. Bending, lifting, and carrying bins of produce are part of the daily routine. Apprentices will work closely with and learn from our Farmers.
Sweetwater recruits 3-4 Farm Apprentices each season to dig right in and learn the basics of sustainable farming through our full-time hands-on program. Our Apprentices live on farm property in our Apprentice house (which also serves as our Education Center) and receive a stipend of $100 a week and of course, plenty of fresh organic veggies. Each Apprentice will have their own private sleeping area, and will share a common area that includes a full kitchen, bathroom with shower, and living area with an enclosed porch. The house has Wi-Fi for internet access and all utilities are included. Apprentices work with our Farmers 40-45 hours for 5 days of the week (including weekends).
The following is a list of skills you will be introduced to over the course Organic Farming Apprenticeship:
Animal Care Pest Identification and Management
Land/infrastructure Maintenance Field Fertility
Market and Special Event set-up Harvesting Technique
Irrigation installation and repair Post-Harvest process and storage
Green House/Hardening Shed CSA share set-up and maintenance
Seeding Record Keeping
Planting Organic Certification operations and protocol
Weed Management Compost Production
Check out our website for more information about all of our programs: www.sweetwater-organic.org
If you are self-motivated, friendly, eager to learn, have a solid work ethic, and want to pursue Organic Farming Apprenticeships with Sweetwater for the 2016-2017 Season, please email Yvette Rouse, Executive Director at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.