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Farm apprenticeships

Apprenticeship

The Temple-Wilton Community Farm is a year round CSA with about 130 acres of pasture, hay fields, woods and vegetables and we provide over 100 households with vegetables, milk, yogurt, cheese, eggs and meat.  We have 6 acres of vegetables and milk between 14-17 milk cows, as well as calves and replacement heifers.  Additionally, we produce pasture-raised layer and broiler chickens and maintain a breeding herd of 5-8 sows, who produce both feeder piglets for sale and market pigs that we raise on pasture for meat. And starting with the 2014 growing season we will also be grazing a small flock of sheep to better utilize our pastures.


Vegetables

Work in the fields and in the greenhouse includes all aspects of planting, weeding and harvesting over 40 different vegetables and herbs, as well as regular applications of the Biodynamic preparations.  We need 2 apprentices from mid-April through the end of October.

You will learn many of the skills needed to grow a wide range of vegetables, with special attention being devoted to the application of the biodynamic preparations and to keeping the fields as weed-free as possible.





The rhythm of the work is determined entirely by the needs of the many different crops that we grow, so our schedules have to be very flexible.  In general, the work day will be from 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. until everything is done, which usually will be around 5:30 p.m. but can sometimes go until 7 p.m. or even later when we are transplanting crops during the summer.  Sundays are usually off but there are a few exceptions, especially through the planting period during late May and early June and also during the big harvest in the fall which runs from the second half of September through the first half of October.  During these special times we all need to be fully available to meet the needs of the farm.

If you are interested in working in the vegetable fields, please contact Jacob Holubeck at jaholubeck@gmail.com or call at (603) 831-1213.


Dairy/livestock/pasture

Work in the dairy involves milking, moving cows to pasture, as well as the other work involved in managing a dairy herd.  Apprentices will be involved with haying and other field work connected to managing our fields and pastures for the cows, pigs, layer and broiler chickens and sheep.  Additionally, apprentices will help our cheese and yogurt maker, Benjamin, with making cheeses and yogurt, thus gaining an even fuller picture of our milk production operation.

 

  

Apprentices can expect to gain experience and competence in the skills necessary to intensively manage a multi-species grazing operation.  Our grazing animals are constantly on the move across the fields and woods of the farm.  Learning how to manage pastures through grazing--for both the health of the animals and the health of the land-- is an essential part of being a productive steward of the land.  And learning how to manage this complex grazing operation is best done through a bit of book learning and a lot of practice (and mistakes) with different species of animals on a variety of land types.  Expect to become competent in the essential skills of using electric fencing to manage how and when the animals graze, and to become competent in learning how to move and handle different types of stock at different times.



Milking happens twice daily, at 6 a.m. and 4 p.m., with all of the other animal chores such as gathering and washing eggs, feeding pigs, moving sheep, cows, calves, and broiler chickens usually happening on a daily basis.  We process our own broiler chickens, so expect to be involved with that in one way or another.  Expect to work six days a week, with Sundays off, except when something simply has to be done, such as haying or any number of things that come up in the life of a farm as diverse as ours.

 

       

Expect to have fun, to work and think hard and to take responsibility for asking questions, making mistakes (inevitable and essential), and finding joy in the work of the farm.



We need two apprentices during the growing season--from mid-April to the end of October.  Many apprentices find it valuable to complement their learning and work during the intensity of the growing season with more in-depth work in specific areas of farm work and life during the late fall and winter months.  Many of our apprentices continue on through the winter months.

 

       

We are open to working with you to meet your specific goals and interests. We can offer you a lot, though we can't likely cover everything. We find that the best first step is to simply come to the farm for a visit.  Sit down with us over tea or coffee at the Hilltop Cafe (here at the farm) and get to know us a bit as we get to know you.

 

       


Temple-Wilton Community Farm is registered as an official "Mentor Farm" with the Biodynamic Association (USA)  apprenticeship program.  For more information and details on their apprenticeship program check out the following link: www.biodynamics.com/nabdap.

If you wish to find out more about working with us in the dairy/livestock/pasture side of the farm, please contact us here.

Photo(s) added: JacobOctober 23rd, 2016

New photo added:

New aerial photo of TWCF farmlands available for viewingMarch 9th, 2016

Now you can see the breadth of our various farmlands up here on Abbot Hill.  From Gage Field to Randi's Field, from the top of Frye Field down to the Hidden Meadow that once was a peach orchard a

New Showcase: Cheesemaking at Abbot Hill CreameryMarch 2nd, 2016

Click here to view the showcase.

 

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