Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Happy Hollow Farm Interships

Happy Hollow Farm is looking to hire internships on their farm.  Below is information that was sent in to be posted on the blog.

When hiring interns/apprentices farming experience is definitely not the first thing I look for; what I do want are a willingness to work very hard, learn what I have to teach and all the while enjoy what you're doing! Most people figure out very quickly that they aren't happy doing the physical work if farming is not truly their own shared long term goal. My goal with providing an internship opportunity is to teach as much as I know about all aspects of farming from greenhouse work, in the field planting & weeding, planning/scheduling/organizing, bugs & diseases, equipment repair & maintenance, construction skills (when applicable), and everything else in between. While simultaneously working, working, working (in all weather) and having fun and enjoying the work while we do it. Please look over the specifics below and let me know if you are still interested in pursuing the apprenticeship position on Happy Hollow Farm.

The specifics about the position are:

Start time: early to mid April thru mid to late October (The CSA season runs for 25 weeks. Start time depends greatly on the weather and how early I can get into the fields; however, I start seeding in the greenhouse with the goal of distributing the first shares the second week of May)

Hours: 8:00- 5:00 Mon., Tues., Thurs. & Fri. 7:30- 3:30 Wed. & Sat. (with a 1 hour lunch each day). These hours are a rough estimate as there are always days where we work longer or cut off early. This is not like any other job you've had. It is very weather dependent and if we have another year like this one I have to take advantage of every farmable dry moment there is. One lunch each week (probably on Thurs.) will be potluck style and shared with all people on the farm that day.

Stipend & Housing & Food: $150/month, housing provided (near the farm), Partial Share membership in the CSA.

Scheduled class time: As this is an apprenticeship there will be a one hour scheduled class time each week and a book about farming that will be used as a semi-texbook (the farm will provide the book).

For more information email Liz Graznak or call 660-849-2430.

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