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The farm apprenticeship at Appleton is a learning and working experience. Apprentices will be involved in all aspects of organic vegetable production of 24 acres for about 540 shareholders. Three to five apprentices are hired each year, and the apprenticeships are filled on a rolling basis beginning in the fall.
Apprentices at Appleton Farms can participate in the Eastern Massachusetts Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training (CRAFT) program, as well as the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA) summer conference. To find out more about these organizations, click on these links:
- General farm work: planting, seeding, weeding, hoeing, harvesting, post harvest vegetable handling, cleanup, building and grounds projects, special farm projects. Please note that CSA apprentices do not work in livestock operations.
- Tractor work: each apprentice will be trained in the safe operation and maintenance of one of the CSA’s tractor and its implements, and will also gain familiarity with much of the equipment used by the CSA crew.
- Shareroom hours: Each apprentice has the option to choose one distribution day to work during the week. The responsibilities in the shareroom include stocking, checking in shareholders and ensuring a positive experience for visitors.
- Returning apprentices have the option to take on more responsibility, such as managing the greenhouse, pick-you-own fields, or tractor cultivation.
Apprentice Work Schedule:
- April to November
- Mondays – Fridays 6am to 5pm during height of season. 15 minute morning break and one hour paid lunch.
- One Saturday a month (8am-Noon) during the height of the growing season (May-September).
- Optional evening hours working share distribution
- Ability to handle physically strenuous, repetitive tasks in all weather. Ability to work bending over for hours at a time each day. Apprentices should also be able to lift 50 lbs
- Apprentices should possess the ability to work quickly, and desire to learn to work faster.
- Good communication skills, sense of humor, upbeat attitude.
- Detail-oriented and punctual
- A valid driver’s license and clean driving record.
- Previous farming experience is a plus.
- Compensation for first year apprentices is $8.50 per hour, with an average of $425 per week over the course of the season.
- Apprentices have the option to participate in employer sponsored health insurance.
- Housing may be available for a few apprentices either on-farm or at a property 4 miles from the farm. Rent is $50/week and includes all utilities and internet.
- Farm produce: as much farm grown produce as the apprentice can use.
- Training: access to planning documents and records, farmer’s library; farm safety training; tractor operation and maintenance training; option to participate in eastern Mass CRAFT program (emasscraft.org); option to attend NOFA summer conference, and other events as they arise; continued consulting and assistance with post apprenticeship job placement if desired.
- Time off: one week paid vacation, usually in July or August; 2 personal days, and sick time as needed and negotiated with the farmers.
- Free admission to all Trustees of Reservations properties, including nearby Crane Beach.
To apply for the apprenticeship, send letter, resume and references to:
Appleton Farms CSA
Lise Holdorf, CSA Manager
219 County Road
Ipswich, MA 01938