Contact informationFarm Address:
17603 NW 276th Lane
Alachua, Florida , 32615
Primary Contact: Noah Shitama
Internship informationGeneral Farm Description: Swallowtail Farm is a young aspiring biodynamic farm currently in its tenth (!) season of growing. Each season, from October through June we raise food for 100-200 families in our Community Supported Agriculture program. We also work closely with Gainesville area chefs to distribute our food in local restaurants, and to collaborate for our Farm to Table dinners. Each season we host two big lovely festivals on the farm and invite the community to come experience diverse workshops, delicious food and drink, great music, art, and tour the farm. We also host many groups visiting the farm throughout the season, including two 3rd Grade classes that camp out at the farm, veterans, schoolchildren from local schools, and many others. The farm is situated on some of the most beautiful land in Florida, on rolling hills of fertile pasture and forest. The land entire is 30 acres, and we cultivate about 7 acres of vegetables, herbs, flowers, perennials and fruit. We also manage about 10 acres as pasture for our livestock. We tend a flock of 300 laying hens that are rotated on pasture behind our dairy cows. We have a mixed herd of Jersey & Dexter cows for milk & meat. We also have a motley pack of dogs including our two farm guard dogs/love bugs Falcor (Maremma) & Yeti (Great Pyrenees).
CRAFT Member Farm? No
Internship Starts: ASAP
Internship Ends: June 30, 2019 with the possible option to stay on another full season.
Number of Internship Available: 2-4
Application Deadline: Positions open until filled
Minimum Length of Stay: 3 Months
The Swallowtail Apprentice Program is designed to empower the next generation of farmers. Apprentices should be passionate about farming as a career and will learn to carry out all aspects of farm operations – soil amendment and revitalization, propagation, planting, weed management, pest management, floriculture, irrigation, the use of tractors, implements and other machinery and tools, customer relations, packing, delivery, billing, groundskeeping, maintenance, communications, & pastured livestock management.
Please visit our website for a full list of responsibilities.
Educational Opportunities: The Swallowtail Apprentice Program is designed to empower the next generation of farmers. Apprentices should be passionate about farming as a career and will learn to carry out all aspects of farm operations – soil amendment and revitalization, propagation, planting, weed management, pest management, floriculture, irrigation, the use of tractors, implements and other machinery and tools, customer relations, packing, delivery, billing, groundskeeping, maintenance, communications, & pastured livestock management. *We are looking for (2) apprentices to start ASAP and stay through June 30, 2019 with the possibility to stay on another full season. *We are looking for (4) apprentices to start September 2, 2019 and stay through June 30, 2020.
Skills Desired: Passionate about a career in farming Able to lift and carry 50 lbs and work outside in adverse weather conditions Patience, flexibility, strong communication and interpersonal skills Current driver’s license and a solid driving record Familiarity with power tools/carpentry a plus Tractor familiarity a plus
Stipend: Compensation is $200 per month to offset basic costs of phone, car insurance, etc. We offer a generous bonus for apprentices who stay the entire season (September-June) and fulfill their responsibilities. In addition to in-kind payment, included is weekday breakfast and lunch, lodging, utilities, household consumables (toilet paper, sponges, soap, etc) and unlimited access to farm produce, dairy, meat & eggs. We will provide a captivating spreadsheet detailing the value of these in-kind benefits. Health insurance and disability insurance are not provided. Apprentices are encouraged to carry their own health insurance. Massage therapy and yoga is available to all farm staff through our CSA trade program. We endeavor to offer an educational program that does not create debt, but instead is based in a mutual exchange of deep commitment toward cultivating future farmers.
Preferred method of Contact: email