Farm Apprentice – Cosmos Organics
Last Updated On: marzo 6th, 2023 at 08:13AM MST
Contact informationFarm Address:
300 Bagwell Rd
Carrollton, Georgia, 30117
Primary Contact: John Davis
Internship informationGeneral Farm Description: Cosmos grows a large variety of vegetables, fruits, herbs, flowers, and shiitake mushrooms on 7 cultivated acres on a 30 acre property in Carrollton, GA. We have been serving farmers markets and restaurants in and around the Atlanta area for the last ten years and sometimes sell through a CSA. We are a Certified Naturally Grown farm that is committed to growing healthy food sustainably.
CRAFT Member Farm? No
Internship Starts: When you are ready--Spring 2023
Internship Ends: 9/1/23 or later
Number of Internship Available: 1
Application Deadline: None
Minimum Length of Stay: 3 months
We are looking for people who are eager to work hard, open to learn, and positive in their attitude and communication. They should have the willingness to work in all kinds of uncomfortable (and sometimes comfortable) weather conditions (intense heat/cold/wet/bugs). The work is extremely physically demanding and quite hard over the long season, so good physical and mental fitness is necessary.
Apprentices should be able to listen, follow instructions quickly and successfully, and be interested in how their role and even smallest task fits into the entire picture of the working farm. We want people who are looking to continue to hone their farming skills, but also who are interested in seeing and participating in what it takes to run a small scale sustainable farm. An apprentice must be able to do this while persevering through tough and repetitive farm labor.
Ability to lift 50 lbs repeatedly is necessary. At least one year experience working on an organic farm is preferred but we are also open to people who are simply eager to learn about farming, are positive and who can work hard. Apprentices who complete a season should leave the farm feeling confident in their ability to produce a diverse array of vegetables, mushrooms, herbs, and flowers from seed to sales on a small sustainable farm scale. This is learned mostly by being a part of all of these processes and by paying attention to how the farm is run and how it works. You will also have open access to the manager/owner most days to discuss questions and address problems. We are mostly looking for people who want to be farmers and can commit to the season.
Apprentices can expect 4-5 days/week of field work and harvesting, depending on the season, and 1-2 days working a farmers market (i.e. typically one day off a week not including chores) totaling 40-50 hours/wk. The work is strenuous and can at times be monotonous and repetitive (as it is at any working farm). Apprentices can expect to be running 2-3 farmers markets on their own.
Apprentices receive an $900/month stipend at the beginning of the season. Then $950/month starting in April, then up to $1000/month starting in June. Housing will be provided in a large old two bedroom, two bathroom mobile home with a big eat-in kitchen, and living room. Everyone has their own bedroom and bathroom. Home is located on the property. Utilities and internet are included. Apprentices will also have access to some farm food.
Educational Opportunities: Apprentices will receive an intense learning/training experience where they are immersed in all aspects of farm production and life. They will learn about, participate in, or be responsible for: -Greenhouse growing and management -Planting/Harvesting/Weed control -Crop rotation -Cover cropping -Organic/Integrated pest management -Soil fertility -Post-Harvest handling and packaging -Tractor work -Irrigation -Farmers Markets
Skills Desired: We're looking for positive people who enjoy being outside and doing hard physical work.
Meals: We don't provide meals, but apprentices are allotted some farm food for themselves.
Stipend: $900/Month to start. Then $950 starting in April. $1000 starting in June.
Housing: Yes, housing is provided in a 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom mobile home. We provide internet, all utilities and a washer and dryer.
Preferred method of Contact: Email