2012 Agricultural Apprenticeships at Sustainable Nantucket (MA), a non-profit organization established in 2000 that is cultivating a healthy Nantucket by building a better local food system, which in turn means a stronger economy for the island. We are actively expanding sustainable agriculture, on-island farm growth, encouraging entrepreneurial cottage industry, and helping to create new networks for our local agri-business community.
Apprenticeship Description: The Sustainable Nantucket Agricultural Apprenticeship works in cooperation with individual island growers. Each apprentice will be placed with a mentor whose business corresponds as closely as possible with that of the apprentice’s goals, interests and skills. The apprenticeship will extend from June – August, although the start and end dates are flexible and will be considered on a case by case basis. The apprenticeship will involve a minimum of 200 hours of on-site work. The Apprentice will provide support to the local farmers by learning the sustainable agriculture and/or food production methods; the business of running a successful farm, and/or CSA; creating local merchant relationships; operating a farmer’s market booth; and contextualizing this experience within the wider perspective of the nonprofit.
Responsibilities on the farm may include, but are not limited to: weed & pest management; sheet mulching; green house care; composting; propagating & transplanting; harvesting and packing; delivery; and CSA coordination. Training also includes harvesting and transporting products to restaurants, private customers and the Farmer’s Market as well as learning how to successfully set up a business, and run a booth at an outdoor venue.
Sustainable Nantucket will act as coordinator and liaison between intern, grower/food producer and university program.
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The Sustainable Nantucket Agricultural Apprenticeships are open to high school students, college students, post-college and mid-career individuals. A passionate and demonstrated interest in local, sustainable agriculture is the most important qualification. Highly preferred qualifications include experience with farming, a demonstrated desire to contribute to sustainable agriculture, knowledge of the field, and a sincere interest in a career in agriculture.
Hours and Compensation:
Hours are determined by the individual grower and will fall between 20 to 30 hours per week. Apprentices are paid a minimum of $8/per hour.
To receive university credit, in addition to the on-site work, Sustainable Nantucket will require 5 short passage readings and responses. Each reading will not exceed 20 pages, and each response will be between 2-3 pages long. At the end the apprenticeship, the apprentice will have an exit interview and will submit a brief essay (1-2 pages) evaluating his or her experience.
Housing for the summer is the responsibility of each intern, however if needed Sustainable Nantucket will help facilitate an affordable housing search.
Please submit resume, cover letter, a list of three references, and answers to the questionnaire to Amy Roberts at email@example.com