2020 Farm Apprenticeships
Phillies Bridge Farm Project in 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 4 acres for a ~130 member CSA, local health food stores and restaurants, and low-income families through our food justice 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. While not certified organic, PBFP uses organic methods to produce high quality produce. PBFP provides Farm Apprentices with the foundational knowledge to pursue a career in small-scale vegetable production.
We are hiring:
- One full season farm apprentice (approx. April through October)
- One summer farm apprentice (approx. May through August)
Over the course of the season, apprentices will learn the following activities and skills:
- Seed starting and greenhouse management
- Bed preparation
- Transplanting and direct seeding
- Crop maintenance
- Organic pest and weed management
- Irrigation systems
- High Tunnel management
- Harvesting, washing and packing produce
- Tracking production/record keeping
- CSA distribution
- Supervising farm volunteers
- Tractor and equipment operation, safety and maintenance
- In addition, apprentices participate in Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training (CRAFT) farm visits
Additional learning possibilities for full season apprentices:
- Crop planning
- Wholesale client relations
- The inner workings of a non-profit
Apprentices are expected to work hard alongside the farmer, while demonstrating a strong work ethic and a positive attitude. Work schedule will vary from 40 to 45 hours per week depending on time of year. In return, Farm Apprentices will receive a weekly stipend of $375, on site housing and a small CSA share.
Who we invite to apply:
- We seek responsible, good-natured, hard working individuals with an active interest in food and farming.
- Applicants should have good communication skills, the ability to take initiative, and a desire to learn.
- It is important that applicants be receptive to feedback and adjustments for work processes.
- We seek individuals who will be consistently punctual, arriving at work ready to work.
- Applicants should be able to comfortably lift 50 pounds and engage in repetitive work, in all weather conditions.
To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and three references to firstname.lastname@example.org
2020 Summer Education
Summer education apprentices receive hands-on educational and agricultural experience on our vibrant community farm. The farm has a tri-fold mission of providing fresh veggies to the community through a CSA, providing education for people of all ages, and food justice.
Apprentices work with children ages 4-12 at our farm-based summer camp, where they lead small groups in fun and creative activities developed to demonstrate and celebrate the cycles of nature that produce our food. Additional duties include maintaining education vegetable gardens, caring for the farm animals, leading farm tours for visiting children and families, and assisting at other public events and fundraisers. Education program activities include: leading activities, planting, harvesting, cooking, composting, arts and crafts, farm history, caring for the farm animals, nature trail hikes, cooperative games, music and storytelling. Apprentices are also responsible for assisting with the set-up and clean-up of all programs. While there is an established education curriculum in place, there are opportunities to develop new activities and participate in curriculum planning based on individual interests and skills.
Position Requirements: Summer education apprentices must be prepared to work long active days outdoors with children. The average schedule is 8:30 AM-4:00 PM Monday–Friday, although hours vary depending on the season. Apprentices are part of a rotating animal and plant caretaking schedule, which may occasionally require staying past 4:00 PM. The position dates are June 22nd – August 21st, with one Saturday in May required for planting.
- Creative, hard-working, responsible, self-motivated, and conscientious
- Passion for nature and sustainable agriculture
- Experience working with children
- Comfortable cooking and eating a wide range of farm fresh vegetables
- Musical and artistic skills a big plus
- Positive attitude and cooperative work ethics
- Willingness to work outdoors in all weather (hot, cold, humid, rainy)
- Reliable transportation to the farm required
Compensation: Summer Education Apprentices receive $11.80/hour plus a small summer vegetable share valued at $290.
Additional Educational Benefits: Phillies Bridge Farm Project participates in the Mid-Hudson Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training (CRAFT) program, through which apprentices have the opportunity 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). We are now accepting applications! To apply, please send your resume, including three professional references and a cover letter to Jazmine Langlitz, Camp Director, at email@example.com and write “Education Apprentice Application” in the subject line. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.