Contact informationFarm Address:
363 Durgintown Road
Hiram, Maine , 04041
Primary Contact: Molly Griffin McKenna
Secondary Contact: William Johnson
Internship informationGeneral Farm Description: 2020 Organic fruit farm and Roots Music Festival Apprenticeship!$1,000/month + room and most meals provided. We are an organic fruit farm and agritourism and events business in beautiful rural Maine. Our farm is a pick-your-own, and we also have a seasonal onsite restaurant/bar and farm store. Separately, we also run one of the larger roots music festivals in New England, and we take the month of July away from farming to focus on that! Apprentices get the experience of both the farm and the music festival, and have a huge diversity of jobs! We work with you as though you were a co-owner of the business, you get to do a lot of diverse jobs--fun and not fun--but at the end you will have a huge amount of experience and understanding of running a farm, festival and a business. We provide a $1000/month stipend, plus housing, plus a CSA and bulk food which covers about half of your meals, so it is possible to save most of your money while you are here for your next adventure! We are about 45 minutes from Portland Maine.
CRAFT Member Farm? No
Internship Starts: 05/15/2020
Internship Ends: 11/25/2020
Number of Internship Available: 2
Application Deadline: 4/15/2019
Minimum Length of Stay: 5-6 months
Work for an organic apple farm with its own restaurant and bar, as well as a very large music festival! $1,000/month + housing and most meals. Unlike any other farm apprenticeship–rather than being in the field and then doing a CSA, you will do everything from orchard work, to carpentry, to running a 6,000 attendee festival, to kitchen, bar & customer serivce work, to business management, and meet a vibrant community of independent and creative people. The experience is divided into seasonal sections, with a heavier focus on orchard (pruning, thinning, mowing, weeding, watering, planting, fencing, composting, fertilizing, etc),in the summer, and a heavier focus on business and customer service (working in the farm store and restaurant/bar) in the fall. While you may have many days in succession doing the same thing, the overall experience over six months will be very diverse. The entire month of July is dedicated to running our big roots music festival www.ossipeevalley.com with over 60 volunteers, apprentices do everything from building stages to pouring beer. There is also an opportunity to learn a lot of carpentry while at the farm this year as we are revamping our commercial kitchen.
Apprentices also work on a small independent project which they present at the end of the term. They also get books, handouts, and attend Maine Organic Farmer Association Workshops.
Farming tasks may include: picking apples, hand thinning, fertilizing, watering, weeding, planting, pest scouting, pest trapping, weed whacking, mowing, grafting, learning to drive forklifts and tractors, painting bark, wrapping trees (in late fall), making and spreading compost, and this year installing a pollinator garden and deer fence.
Carpentry tasks may include: using hammers, drills, nail guns, saws, and painting.
Business Tasks may include: using quickbooks and excel to track expenses and profits, inventorying store product, working with consignment, and running profit analysis.
Farm stand Tasks may include: grading apples, bagging apples, shipping apples, working at cash register, making doughnuts and pies, serving ice cream, cooking and serving food, restocking shelves, working at the cider bar, and learning about and maintaining cleanliness for health code, working with other employees.
We work with your strengths, and we have a very diverse experience and try to get you doing as many different things as possible.
We also make sure to take breaks, have fun, etc like kayaking, having BBQs with other farms, and seeing live music. You will also get the opportunity to do work swaps with apprentices from other farms, and work on a flower or veggie or animal farm for a few days during the term! “
Educational Opportunities: Additional opportunities to attend MOFGA organic farm association workshops and lectures, as well as one day/month to work on an independent project. Former independent projects have included designing and implementing a local wine tasting event for the farm, designing a home-scale orchard, designing high-school level educational school tours of the orchard, creating a radio segment, researching food deserts in Maine, and assessing store profits in an excel sheet. We also have a big binder of handouts for you to read which we sometimes discuss, and books as well. We also try as much as we can to teach you about the ecosystem and the life cycle of pests and diseases, soil health, and more, as we are planting and working in the orchard. The idea is that by working close alongside us you will have not only farm knowledge, but also business skills when you leave.
Skills Desired: no skills needed! But ability to lift 50lbs and be in physical shape is necessary. It would be great if you had mechanical or carpentry skills, or skill with hand lettering signs. The ability to work self-guided without succumbing to distraction, and the ability to understand how repetitive and menial tasks work towards accomplishing our bigger goals, are both a must (basically--a positive attitude!) We also do not allow the use of cellphones during the workday.
Meals: CSA share of veggies to share with other apprentice, plus semi-monthly potlucks, we also sometimes go to see movies or to a local trivia night.
Stipend: $250/week, plus an estimated $800-1,000 in tips between the festival beer tent, during farm season, and bonuses for weddings if applicable. Most apprentices are able to save 50-75% of their income because room and a CSA are also provided. Transportation is not provided. We are close to town.
Housing: You will share an open plan loft with kitchen and living room and shared bathroom. It has big picture windows looking over the saco river valley and the orchards, a gorgeous setting. There are two apprentices each year, and we become a little family unit.
Preferred method of Contact: email