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Chickadee Creek Farm
Pennington, NJ 08534
Contact: Jess Niederer
Website: http://www.chickadeecreekfarm.com, http://www.facebook.com/pages/Chickadee-Creek-Farm/123743710983912
Last Updated: 02-05-2018
General Description: Chickadee Creek is a 20 acre certified organic vegetable, herb, cut flower, and oat farm. 13 acres are cultivated for vegetable production, two acres are planted in perennial small fruits, three acres are planted in oats for fresh milled sales, one acre is used for Farm Member u-pick, and the rest is planted in cover crops to improve soil tilth. We locally sell what we grow through our innovative Market CSA program and at 7 Farmers Markets. Check out our website for the full farm story.
Internship Starts: 4-2-2018
Internship Ends: 11-30-2018
Number of Interns: 6
App Deadline: All positions are filled for 2018
Minimum Length of Stay: full season
Meals: Crew are welcome to what we grow and can purchase our value added products(tomato sauce, salsa) at cost.
Skills Desired: One season's experience on a farm is required. Enthusiasm, passion, can-do spirit, and proven ability to tough-it-out can substituted for that experience. Being able to regularly lift 50 lbs, work fast, and keep up the pace in all weather conditions is required. Applicants must be in good health, fit, and be excited about learning.
Educational Opportunities: Chickadee Creek is in it's 9th successful season in 2018. The farm is growing, with constant upgrades in infrastructure, equipment, and methods - an exciting and fast paced place to learn. Chickadee Creek's founding farmer, Jess Niederer was the recipient of the 2016 NJ Outstanding Young Farmer of the year award as well as the 2016 National Outstanding Young Farmer of the Year award. The pace set on the farm is intense. Farm crew are involved in every aspect of the growing season in a hardworking, yet educational, environment.
Applicants are encouraged to compile a list of the production and business management skills they would like to learn. An outline of the skills to be gained, handbooks of our practices, and recommended reading are supplied as part of the "pre-season" preparations.
This region on Central NJ has a rich sustainable agriculture community. We are friends and neighbors with multiple farms with intern programs, and welcome the exchange of information, experience, and farm tours with our neighbors. One farm tour per month is available during the work day without taking vacation time to attend.
Jess is the NOFA-NJ facilitator of the New England Small Farm Institute class named "Exploring the small farm dream". This class guides potential farmers through pre-enterprise planning. One-on-one guidance through the curriculum is offered as part of the apprenticeship. We usually do this with the whole crew in the fall after work hours.
Stipend: Hourly pay begins at $10/hr and is paid on the books with NJ mandated workers compensation insurance coverage. Applicants with higher level experience begin at higher rates. Raises are given through the season if earned, and we give feedback to our crew members to let them know how they can qualify for raises. Profit sharing with market revenue for full season crew members begins in August, and year-end bonuses are calculated via a merit and tenure based system and awarded to full season crew. Plots on the farm for growing your own food or developing you business idea during off-time are available pending discussion.
Housing: ask about housing opportunities
Preferred method Of Contact: Email
Internship Details: Now interviewing for the 2018
Full time positions: Preference is given to applicants that are approaching farming as a possible career path. Full-time apprentices are expected to work approx 50 hours per week(five days) which may include one day at a Farmers' Market. You will gain experience and knowledge in greenhouse seedling production and care, transplanting, direct seeding in the field, compost , soil fertility management, soil preparation, effective weeding by mechanical and manual means, cover crop management, harvest and post-harvest care, book-keeping, business evaluation, and marketing. The most successful applicants will intend to remain with the farm for at least two seasons, and will have opportunity to have increased roles in management and planning with pay raises based on demonstrated ability.
Past apprentices have gone on to be assistant farm managers, farm managers, small business owners, and farm business owners.
To apply, please send an email stating your interest along with your resume and the contact information for two references.