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Farm Apprenticeships

The Temple-Wilton Community Farm is a year round CSA with about 130 acres of pasture, hay fields, vegetable fields and woods and we provide about 110 households with vegetables, milk, yogurt, cheese, eggs and meat.  We produce about 6 acres of vegetables and we milk between 14-17 milk cows, as well as keeping calves and replacement heifers.  We also keep pasture-raised layer chickens and have a flock of sheep and a few pigs.

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 3 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 chickens and sheep.  Additionally, some apprentices will help making cheese and yogurt in the creamery.

  

Apprentices can expect to gain experience and competence in the skills necessary to intensively manage rotational grazing of the various animals. Learning how to manage pastures through grazing is an essential part of our farm. You can expect to become competent in the use of electric fencing and in learning how to move and handle different animals.


We milk twice daily, at 6am and 4pm, with all of the other animal chores such as gathering and washing eggs, feeding pigs and moving sheep, cows, calves, and chickens taking place daily. Expect to work six days a week, with Sundays off, except when something simply has to be done, such as haying.

We need two apprentices during the growing season, from mid-April to the end of October. Some of our apprentices continue on through the winter months.


Temple-Wilton Community Farm is registered as an official "Mentor Farm" with the Biodynamic Association 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 Ben Schlosser at benjamin.schlosser@gmail.com or at 781-572-6937.

 

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