Contact informationFarm Address:
99 Old Connecticut Path
Wayland, Massachusetts, 01778
Primary Contact: Kate Canney
Internship informationGeneral Farm Description: The Neighborhood Farm is small, all natural vegetable farm right outside of Boston. 2020 is our thirteenth year of farming, and our third year on our new land at the historic Mainstone Farm property in Wayland. We grow vegetables, herbs, cut flowers and seedlings for farmers markets, our CSA, our on site farm stand, and for several restaurants. We grow a little bit of everything, but we're best known for our many varieties of specialty garlic, endless heirloom tomatoes, and thousands of seedlings. We grow and market our produce year round.
CRAFT Member Farm? Yes
Internship Starts: 4/15/20
Internship Ends: 12/20/20
Number of Internship Available: 3
Application Deadline: 4/1/20
Minimum Length of Stay: Preference given to candidates who can work the full season
Farm apprentices will join us as we grow and market a lot of vegetables, but will also assist as we continue building infrastructure, developing systems, establishing new planting areas and expanding our on site farm stand. This year should provide fascinating experiences for anyone interested in the process of starting a farm, breaking in new land, and developing new marketing channels.
We grow vegetables, herbs, cut flowers and seedlings for farmers markets, our CSA, our on site farm stand, and for several restaurants. We grow a little bit of everything, but we’re best known for our many varieties of specialty garlic, endless heirloom tomatoes, and thousands of seedlings.
We grow and market our produce year round. We grow some crops through the winter, both in the open field and in our new high tunnel, but we also put a lot of crops into storage to expand the availability of local food throughout the year.
We are a fun, friendly, hard working farm. Many of our crew members return year after year, but we still need a few more sets of hands this season. Apprentices might work on various aspects of vegetable, herb and flower production including, planting, weeding, irrigation, greenhouse work, harvesting, washing, packing and selling at farmers’ markets and the farm stand. Apprentices must able to work the full season from spring through mid December. Year round work may be available for those interested. If candidates are unable to work the full season, they might consider a farm crew job with us for part of the season. While a farm crew position does not offer the same breadth of experiences, it is does include many aspects of farm work and opportunities to learn about running a farm.
Previous farm experience is great, but not as important as listening skills, dependability, enthusiasm, and a willingness to work hard. Working on a farm has many rewards, but it has its challenges too, and so we look for people with a positive attitude, who enjoy being part of a team, and who can remain upbeat even when it’s raining, or hot, or when you just wish you were at the beach. Weather conditions often alter our plans, so we look to hire people who are flexible and are able to change direction easily.
Preference is given to candidates able to work the full season from spring through mid December. Year round work may be available for those interested. Candidates must be able to lift 50 lbs repeatedly, be willing to work outside in all weather conditions, and be willing to push themselves to work quickly and carefully. Candidates must also have local housing (there is no housing on this land) and reliable transportation (we are not accessible by public transportation.)
Compensation starts at $13/hour and is based on experience level, willingness to assume responsibility, and commitment for the season. Apprentices and crew members also get lots of vegetables, seedlings and flowers from the farm.
To apply: email Kate at email@example.com for an application
Educational Opportunities: We are more than happy to answer questions and work with apprentices to help them get the experiences they are looking for. Most of our apprentices and crew members attend CRAFT meetings every other week to tour local farms and learn about a wide array of farming topics. We have an extensive library of farming books and magazines that apprentices are welcome to borrow.
Skills Desired: Previous experience farming or gardening is not required, though welcome. We can train apprentices in all necessary skills. Enthusiasm, and the willingness to work hard are more important.
Stipend: We offer an hourly wage plus vegetables from the farm.
Preferred method of Contact: email