Contact informationFarm Address:
1360 River Road
Clarksburg, Massachusetts, 01247
Primary Contact: Sharon Wyrrick
Internship informationGeneral Farm Description: MANY FORKS FARM is a small, diverse vegetable farm using predominantly hand-tended methods with regenerative, low-till and no-till practices with innovative, bio-intensive, and sustainable approaches. We are heading into our 11th season in 2022 with our location on 20 acres along the North Branch of the Hoosic River in Clarksburg, Massachusetts. The farm's produce is available through an 85 household CSA, a weekly farm stand, a spring seedling sale, other on-farm sales, and value-added products and baked goods from our new farm processing kitchen incorporating our vegetables and small fruits. Between 20%-30% of our CSA shares are offered at reduced cost each season through multiple community and individual donations and collaborations. We accept SNAP payments for all eligible farm products. MANY FORKS FARM is known for its consistently flavorful, and intensely beautiful produce, as well as unusual and heirloom varieties. The farm has 2 acres in vegetable, berry, flower, and herb production with intensive plantings, rotations, and succession scheduling of 40-50 different vegetables and over 200 varieties of vegetables, flowers and culinary herbs. There is a propagation greenhouse, two moveable high tunnels, and two caterpillar tunnels for protected culture. A CSA members’ cutting garden of flowers and herbs, berries for CSA u-pick and farm value-added processing, recent plantings of other native plants, and beehives complement the diversity of the farm’s eco-system.
CRAFT Member Farm? Yes
Internship Starts: April 15, 2022
Internship Ends: October 15, 2022 with possible extension into November
Number of Internship Available: One
Application Deadline: February 1, 2022
Minimum Length of Stay: 6 months
The apprentice at Many Forks has the unique opportunity to be a third of our full-time triad – the farmer, the assistant farmer, and an apprentice. We all do it all, making it happen in a dynamic process of working and learning together. As farmers, experience pays off, but learning never ends. We seek someone who has worked on a farm for at least a season as an apprentice or farm crew member in vegetable production, and now wishes to further their capacities towards the possibility of running a small farm operation themselves. The apprentice will participate in all aspects of the farming operation working alongside the farmer and assistant farmer. Weekly schedule includes hours Monday – Friday and a half-day on Saturday, 40-45 hours/week. Some evening and weekend duties on a rotating basis with other staff with every third weekend off.
Educational Opportunities: EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES: Access to CRAFT farm visits (Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training) throughout the season providing an overview of different farm businesses and business models as well as opportunity to meet other apprentices on area farms. The farm library is available for your use with many current books and materials pertinent to running a small farm. Periodic farm walks provide opportunity for in-depth observation of crop and soil health, challenges, and brainstorming solutions. Farm planning materials are available to you to support a whole farm picture and as a future resource. The apprentice is invited to request focused conversation sessions or workshops on topics of their choosing. Time off given to attend farming workshops of interest such as those sponsored by NOFA-MASS
Skills Desired: *Have worked on a farm in vegetable production for a season. *Comfortable with semi-rural living, a quiet setting, small staff/crew. *Proof of full COVID-19 vaccination required and willingness to comply with any guidelines for COVID-19 that may be in place at the farm and/or evolve during the course of the season. *Loves vegetables – growing, and hopefully, eating them too. *Have the physical stamina needed and love to working outdoors all day, can lift 50 lbs., and work in all kinds of weather conditions with good humor. *Live on the farm in a lovely, furnished farmhouse. *Able to find joy in both repetitive tasks as well as more creative tasks. *Accept that pressure, urgency, and continuous feedback and improvement are a part of working on a production farm as well as plenty of wonder, awe, and curiosity. *Appreciate beauty and aesthetics as a part of the experience and responsibility of growing food, as well in preparing it for others’ uses. *Have your own car for transportation, a valid driver’s license, and current health insurance or will obtain Massachusetts health insurance. *No smoking of any kind on farm premises. *No pets.
Meals: Farm vegetables are available to the apprentice.
Stipend: The compensation is $1200 per month, plus on-farm housing, with all utilities, wireless internet, laundry facilities, farm vegetables, and workers compensation insurance.
Housing: The apprentice lives on the farm.
Preferred method of Contact: email