Vegetable Apprentice – Glynwood
Last Updated On: December 2nd, 2022 at 09:06AM MST
Contact informationFarm Address:
362 Glynwood Road
Cold Spring, New York, 10516
Primary Contact: Lauren Kaplan
Number: (845) 265-3338
Internship informationGeneral Farm Description: About Glynwood Glynwood’s mission is to ensure the Hudson Valley is a region defined by food, where farming thrives. We work to advance regenerative agriculture that benefits the natural environment, energizes local economies, enhances human health and strengthens rural communities. Glynwood’s farm is located in Cold Spring, NY, in the mid Hudson Valley. Our diversified farm, with a variety of livestock and a vegetable CSA, serves as a venue for our farmer training efforts. Other core organization efforts include our Regional Food program--which creates and implements collaborative opportunities for food and farming professionals that enhance the region's agricultural viability and identity--and Public Programs such as curated dinners, tours and workshops, which encourage a deeper appreciation for sustainable agriculture and local food systems among our Hudson Valley communities.
CRAFT Member Farm? Yes
Internship Starts: March 14 2023
Internship Ends: December 15 2023
Number of Internship Available: 3
Application Deadline: ASAP, Reviewed on a rolling basis; Deadline Jan 31 2023
Minimum Length of Stay: Duration of apprenticeship (9 months). Position is 40-50 hrs/week, not including an additional of 5 hours of unpaid instructions, M-F with rotating weekend chores.
Overview: Glynwood’s Vegetable Apprenticeship Program is designed for those who are eager to pursue a career growing vegetables and have already experienced farm-scale vegetable production, preferably 1 to 3 seasons. Apprentices will have the opportunity to gain a solid foundation in all the skills necessary to manage a small-scale commercial organic vegetable operation. Beyond gaining hands-on experience and learning technical skills through working as a field crew on Glynwood’s 7 acre vegetable farm, apprentices learn management skills through a variety of approaches including in-field training and explanations from experienced mentors, classroom workshops led by outside experts, in-field lessons covering farm production systems, and rotations through specific management roles. From tractor operation to business planning, compost production to crop rotations, the 9-month Vegetable Apprenticeship aims to provide a comprehensive overview of how to manage a vegetable farm.
Glynwood’s Apprenticeship program will ask a lot of you. Apprentices work full-time on the vegetable team, participate in a 60-hour classroom curriculum, attend farm tours through the Mid Hudson Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training (CRAFT; some are optional, while some are required), complete regular assessments of their skills and progress towards program goals, and are encouraged to participate in Glynwood led events, networks, and other programs. Apprentices are also expected to support Glynwood’s culture of philanthropy and may be asked to contribute to story-telling projects or events led by our development and communications team.
Job Summary: Apprentices collaborate closely with their supervisors as a team, discussing work priorities and decisions throughout the season. The following job duties encompass the day-to-day work of the vegetable team and are also the core competencies apprentices can expect to learn.
Essential Job Duties
- Greenhouse seeding and management
- Transplanting and direct seeding
- Hand weeding, hoeing, and cultivating
- Washing and packing
- Cover cropping
- Pruning and trellising
- Pest and disease control
- Field tractor work
- Record keeping
- Supervising CSA pickups
- Compost Making
- Machine and tool maintenance
To view the full posting and instructions to apply, visit https://www.glynwood.org/about/job-opportunities.html
Educational Opportunities: Educational Opportunities: The apprentices are expected to participate in bi-weekly educational programs and other educational activities, including directed readings, occasional evening presentations, and farm visits. Apprentices attend more than 60 hours of educational and practical skills workshop in topics including: Cover cropping Pest and disease management Business planning Soil science Tractor safety and mechanization Small engine safety and mechanization Food access and food justice Basic carpentry Marketing Participate in skills assessment process to evaluate / improve skills Participate in Mid-Hudson Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training (CRAFT) Access organizational contacts for long-term networking assistance
Skills Desired: Required Education and Experience - High school diploma or GED - Must have some farming experience, such as one year’s employment or an internship on a farm Additional Eligibility Qualifications - Affinity for Glynwood’s mission - Valid US Driver License in good standing - Provable eligibility to work in the US
Stipend: Compensation: $650 per week ($16.25 per hour); private room in a shared house; $400 in a Healthcare Reimbursement Account; 60 hours of classroom based education; free Glynwood vegetables; and a 40% discount on Glynwood meat and Glynwood Farm Store products. Paid Time off: Apprentices earn 6 vacation days and 3 sick days.
Preferred method of Contact: https://www.glynwood.org/about/job-opportunities.html