Culinary Apprentice

Start Date:
April-October

Compensation:
$10/hour, paid biweekly

For the first time, Turner Farm will hire paid, full-time culinary interns who are interested in pursuing a career in food (April – October). They are involved in every aspect of culinary production, from growing to educating and serving. Apprentices will also have the opportunity to work with the teaching kitchen team in understanding a larger perspective on food systems and stewardship. Apprentices also have the opportunity to work with our community gardens and on-sight farm crew. We provide four to five hours per week of “classroom” instruction in addition to field instruction, and monthly visits to other food businesses to provide an opportunity to experience different aspects of the culinary field.

All apprentices are asked to choose a specialization for the season in one of the following areas:
• Culinary Education
• Childhood or Adolescent Culinary Education
• Recipe Testing and Writing
• Food Waste and Management
• Food as Medicine
• Public Health: Community-Based Engagement & Education
• “Farm-to-Table Dining” Planning, Design, and Execution

To apply for the first 2019 season, please email a resumé, responses to the following questionnaire, and a minimum of two references to Chef and Culinary Manager, Stephanie Michalak at stephanie@turnerfarm.org.

Please indicate your top two preferred areas of specialization in your email and application.

Application deadline: February 15, 2019

• Are you available for the entire season: April 1 – Oct 31, 2019? Or for an entire second season: October 1st to April 30th?
• Please explain any restrictions on your availability in the above time frame(s).
• Describe the type of teaching kitchen 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 the food system and teaching kitchens?
• Do you have any previous experience cooking, educating, and/or farming?
• What attracts you to teaching kitchen/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 pounds?
• What other considerations should we be aware of that may affect your apprenticeship?

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 2019 season, please email a resume, responses to the following questionnaire, and a minimum of two references to Assistant Crop Production Manager, Tom Hunter at tom@turnerfarm.orgPlease indicate your top two preferred areas of specialization in your email and application.

Application deadline: January 25, 2019

  • 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?