Contact informationFarm Address:
15176 US Hwy 80
Jeffersonville, Georgia, 31044
Primary Contact: Julia Asherman
Internship informationGeneral Farm Description: Rag & Frass Farm is a certified organic veggie and cut flower farm, entering its 8th year of production in rural central Georgia. We farm in the geographic center of the state, two hours south of Atlanta and two hours from Savannah. We have 3 acres of in production on a larger 54 acre slice of country heaven, which includes woods, pond, pasture, and creek. We grow both in open fields and in 4 large high tunnels and are passionate about our soil and crop rotation, preferring a combination of covercropping, mulching, occultation, no-till, and conscientious tillage to work our land. We are primarily a market farm, selling at 3 farmers markets a week, year round. We are also part of a small farmer-owned regional cooperative which increases our farming community's access to markets and restaurants. In addition to farmers markets, we have a small roadside stand, sell to local restaurants, and do floral arranging for seasonal events and weddings. The farm was started by Julia, originally from Boston, and was joined 3 years ago by her partner Brandon, originally from San Diego. We love plants, but have plenty of animals too: dogs and cats, flock of chickens, vermicompost, bees, and a sweet pet pig.
CRAFT Member Farm? No
Internship Starts: March 1st (ideally, we often have a position open later than this!)
Internship Ends: November 30th
Number of Internship Available: 2
Application Deadline: ongoing until positions are filled
Minimum Length of Stay: full season
We believe the best way to learn the skills and intuition it takes to be a farmer is to get elbow-deep in a working farm. Apprenticeship offers immersion in the real day to day work and life of our operation. Our hope is to help prepare apprentices for actualizing their farming ambitions with confidence and skills earned from experience. All aspects of farm work and business are on the table. The books, the plans, the money, we are open and willing to share our experience. Apprentices can also expect to learn marketing, crop planning, pest and fertility management, food safety, post-harvest handling, greenhouse seeding, propagation, weeding, using tools and equipment, floriculture and soil science. Oh yea, and lots of harvesting.
Due to our market and harvest schedule, work is 6 days a week, usually 50-55 hours. Our weekly schedule is a mix of routine and flexibility, with certain days dedicated to harvest and market, others are ‘farm work’ days and tasks vary with the time of year and weather. During summer we work two-part days with long siesta to avoid the heat.
We work hard, but with purpose and passion. It is very important that our team is made up of folks who are positive, creative, curious, communicative, reliable, and committed.
To apply, please send us an email and we will send you an application before starting the interview process.
Educational Opportunities: Most of the education will be hands-on and in the field, with the most gained from engaged and inquisitive people. For apprentices arriving early enough, we love to bring you to local conferences like Georgia Organics. Throughout the season we will do sit-down mini classes on specific topics as they come up and we want to dive deeper. We also have an extensive farming library, and membership and archive access to Growing for Market, The Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers, and more. We are well-connected to other farmers around our region, state, and the southeast, and we are active members in our local Middle GA Young Farmers Chapter (part of NYFC). We also like to go on farm field trips to visit with our farming friends and check out their farms.
Skills Desired: We don't require farm experience but require that apprentices have a serious interest in farming as a career. We value determination, grit, self-motivation, positive attitudes, humor, creativity, responsibility, communication, and willingness to set sweaty and dirty! We are very committed to our farm and this process and hope applicants have realistic expectations of farm work and a commitment to fulfilling their apprenticeship, if selected.
Meals: Yes, all the food is provided! We keep a very well-stocked farm kitchen and eat a lot of veggies from the farm. Often people do their own thing for breakfast, lunch is communal and we share in the cooking and cleanup. Dinner is often together, but this is up to the group. We also have access to great farm products (meat, dairy, fruit, etc) from farming friends and the market, who we show with regularly.
Stipend: Apprentices will be paid $800/month to offset any personal costs you may have while learning and working on the farm. We offer a week's paid vacation in August, and significant bonuses upon completion of the season.
Housing: Yes. The 'farmhouse' is an old fixer-upper brick motel, built in the 1940's. "Very rustic" private rooms are available. Shared bathroom with composting toilet (not gross!), lovely private shower in greenhouse with hot water (very pleasant), shared full kitchen and living room. We have WiFi, laundry on-site, plenty of parking. Julia and Brandon live in small house next door to farm, having recently moved from the motel. The accommodations are humble, somewhere between glamping and squatting, as the improvements to the home have lagged behind the productive spaces of the farm. Our farm was started from almost nothing but cheap land, old vandalized buildings, determination and grit-- the accommodations reflect this history but we have also come a long way since the early years!
Preferred method of Contact: email