Garden Crew Interns

Start Date:
April-October

Compensation:
$9/hour, paid biweekly with time-and-a-half for overtime

Each year Turner Farm hires full-time seasonal (April – October) garden crew interns who are interested in pursuing a career in agriculture. They are involved in every aspect of vegetable production, from soil preparation to farmers markets. Up to ten hours per month is spent working with our livestock, learning basic animal husbandry. Apprentices also have the opportunity to work with our draft horses in the vegetable fields. We provide four to five hours per week of “classroom” instruction in addition to field instruction, and monthly visits to other farms provide an opportunity to experience different farming techniques.

All apprentices are asked to choose a specialization for the season in one of the following areas:

  • Greenhouse Management
  • Mushroom Production
  • Farmers Market Sales and Management
  • On-Farm Market Management
  • Floriculture 
  • CSA & Volunteer Management

To apply for the 2018 season, please email a resume, responses to the following questionnaire, and a minimum of two references to Assistant Crop Production Manager, Rachel Bellis at rachel@turnerfarm.orgPlease indicate your top two preferred areas of specialization in your email and application.

Application deadline: January 15, 2018

  • Are you available for the entire season, April 1 – Oct 31?

  • Please explain any restrictions on your availability in the above time frame.

  • Describe the type of farm operation(s) you are interested in participating in.

  • What kinds of knowledge, skills, and experiences are you interested in gaining during your apprenticeship?  Please be specific where appropriate.

  • Why are you interested in sustainable agriculture?

  • What attracts you to farm work and farm living?

  • Will you be able to visit the farm prior to making a commitment?

  • Is it a problem that Turner Farm is a non-smoking campus?

  • Are you comfortable working on a farm that raises animals for meat?

  • Do you have allergies?

  • Can you pick up and carry at least 50-75 lbs?

  • What other considerations should we be aware of that may affect your apprenticeship?

Each year Turner Farm hires full-time seasonal (April – October) garden apprentices who are interested in pursuing a career in organic agriculture. They are involved in every aspect of vegetable production, from soil preparation to farmers market. This includes some mushroom production as well. Up to ten hours per month is spent working with our livestock, learning basic animal husbandry. Apprentices also have the opportunity to work with our draft horses in the vegetable fields. Other opportunities are available based on individual interest. We provide class and field instruction and regularly visit other farms to learn about different farming techniques.

Our next hiring period for seasonal apprentices is scheduled from November 2017-January 2018.

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