An apprenticeship at Indian Line Farm is learning by doing plus a whole lot more. The majority of your experience will include performing tasks such as: working in greenhouses, seeding, transplanting, cultivating with hoes and tractors, preparing ground, moving irrigation, harvesting and cover cropping. You will experience CSA management and retail selling at farmers markets. You will also gain leadership experience working with CSA volunteers who come to the farm on a weekly basis. Indian Line Farm has one to two apprentice positions available each season.
What makes an apprenticeship different from a regular job is the extra effort we make to provide unique educational opportunities. In addition, we are proud to offer our apprentices the opportunity to participate in the original Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training (CRAFT). Farms participating in CRAFT hope to:
- Give a broader experience to interns than they can receive on their farm alone
- Provide a peer base to help interns connect with others who share similar goals
- Increase the skill base interns acquire in sustainable agriculture
For more information check out: www.craftfarmapprentice.com
Being an apprentice involves lots of hard work and is not for the faint of heart. The mid-season workday at Indian Line Farm begins at 7 am and ends at 5 pm, Monday through Friday, with a half-hour morning break and ½-1 hour lunch. In addition to the workday, we rotate responsibilities in the barn on pick up days and at the Great Barrington Farmers Market on Saturday mornings. Some of the CRAFT visits will be held on Saturday morning and apprentices are expected to attend. We pay all apprentices $8.00/hr. and provide the following:
- All the vegetables and fruit you can eat, plus bread and meat at wholesale
- Mid-morning break food with entire crew
- One evening meal a week with Keen/Thorp family
- Workers' Compensation
- Paid educational hours
To get an application, please contact Elizabeth@indianlinefarm.com.