Contact informationFarm Address:
2348 Kennebec Road
Newburgh, Maine, 04444
Primary Contact: Molly Crouse
Secondary Contact: Everett Ottinger
Number: 207 234 3008
Number: 207 745 7865
Internship informationGeneral Farm Description: We cultivate 4 acres of MOFGA certified organic vegetables marketed through farmers' market and a 90 member CSA share program. We also raise organic pastured chickens and turkeys, processed on farm.
CRAFT Member Farm? No
Internship Starts: May-Flexible
Internship Ends: October-Flexible
Number of Internship Available: 1-2
Application Deadline: Rolling- contact us for an application
Minimum Length of Stay: 3 months
Apprentices will take full part in the day-to-day operation of a self-sustained, growing organic farm business. Tasks include crop planning, seeding, weeding, greenhouse work, irrigation, harvesting, washing, marketing and animal husbandry. Work crews consist of combinations of farmers, apprentices, trained volunteers and occasionally hourly workers. Work hours are generally 7am-4pm, Monday through Friday. We can usually accommodate requests for time off with enough notice, especially for learning opportunities. Pay is hourly and includes on-farm housing and unlimited veggies.
Educational Opportunities: We work alongside apprentices most of the day, offering guidance, demonstration and discussion. We were both introduced to farming through apprenticeships and value this education model. Apprentices will be given opportunities for solo projects and have access to the farm library. We are 20 minutes from MOFGA headquarters and allow time off to attend their training sessions. In addition to vegetable farming, apprentices with have elective opportunities to gain experience in the following: cut flowers, carpentry, firewood, animal processing, food preservation, equipment maintenance and bookkeeping.
Skills Desired: We are looking for people interested in exploring a full time career in farming. Successful applicants will have good people skills, attention to detail, a sense of humor and a strong commitment to food and sustainable agriculture. As we are now farming with young children, we ask apprentices to be patient, empathetic and self sufficient. Must be comfortable with outdoor manual labor in inclement weather, have a valid driver's license and the ability to safely lift 50 pounds repeatedly. Overall, we are looking for people who appreciate the value of a good day of hard work in the great outdoors.
Meals: The farm will provide veggies and the opportunity to trade at farmers' markets. We take (optional) turns cooking crew lunches during the week. Breakfast and dinner are typically on your own, but we do enjoy occasional crew paellas and campfire cookouts. Enjoying the delicious food grown on the farm and by our friends is one of our top priorities, and we love to share our passion for food with the crew. "
Stipend: $1200/month, includes housing and farm veggies.
Housing: Apprentices are housed on site in a 12 x 16 insulated timberframe cabin. The site has limited solar electricity and no running water, but a yard hydrant is available 100 ft away. The cabin is outfitted with a propane cookstove and basic kitchen supplies. Apprentices have use of an outhouse and solar shower. Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate pets. No tobacco or illegal drugs.
Preferred method of Contact: email