Sustainable Agriculture Apprenticeships at Phillies Bridge Farm Project
Phillies Bridge Farm Project in New Paltz, NY offers practical apprenticeships in sustainable agriculture
Phillies Bridge Farm Project (PBFP) is a non-profit educational working farm on 65 acres in New Paltz, NY. Mixed vegetables are produced from approximately 5 acres for a 120 member CSA, local health food stores, low-income families, and on-site educational programs. The educational programs at PBFP offer school children, local youth, CSA members, and the general public opportunities to learn about and participate in sustainable and local food production. PBFP is committed to agriculture that is ecologically sound, community oriented and economically viable.
Apprenticeship Description: Learn methods and practices involved in producing diverse vegetables without chemicals. Apprentices will receive training and practical experience in greenhouse work, field work, harvesting, cultivation, irrigation, general farm maintenance and CSA distribution. Apprentices will also learn about crop scheduling, harvest management, farm equipment care and use, and local marketing.
We are seeking apprentices to fill the following positions for the 2016 season:
2 Full-season Farm Apprentices: April to mid-November
1 Summer-season Farm Apprentice: Early June to Late August
Compensation: Apprentices are expected to work hard alongside the farmer 5 ½ days a week, while demonstrating a strong work ethic and a positive attitude. In return, Full-season Farm Apprentices will receive a monthly stipend of $800. On site housing is available. All apprentices will be provided with produce and eggs from the farm.
Additional Educational Benefits: Phillies Bridge Farm Project is a participating farm in the Mid Hudson Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training (CRAFT) program. Apprentices have the opportunity to and are encouraged to attend weekly meetings at various local farms. Each meeting includes a farm tour and a lesson around a specific topic (i.e. irrigation, season extension, compost, no-till farming…). Apprentices may also attend any of the adult workshops offered by Phillies Bridge Farm Project free of cost.
To Apply for the Sustainable Agriculture Apprenticeships: Send letter, resume, and names and phone numbers of 3 references to: firstname.lastname@example.org