Employment

Young Farmer Apprenticeship

Now Accepting Applications for 2018.

The Young Farmer Apprenticeship is a training program in its pilot year. The program will bring 1-2 aspiring farmers to Farm Discovery where they will continue their farming education with a full season of hands-on training, farming, and learning. Farm Discovery will partner with Live Earth Farm to give the Young Farmer Apprentice a variety of farm education and experiences.

Position Description
The Young Farmer Apprenticeship will involve all aspects of farm life, from crop planning, seed sowing, greenhouse management, equipment management, farm administration, marketing, harvesting, and everything in between. This program is designed to give an aspiring farmer both hands-on experience and a practical overview of what it really takes to be a farmer.

Applicants for this apprenticeship should have amazing work ethic, a positive attitude, and the motivation to learn anything and everything they can about farming. The apprentice will work with the staff at Farm Discovery (FD) to assist in managing the farm land, fruit trees, education garden, as well as take part in animal husbandry, tending to the chickens, pygmy goats, and milking cow. They will also learn from the staff at Live Earth Farm, shadowing the mentor in each position on the farm.

The apprentice will be given a parcel of land to self-manage, and will be expected to develop a successful crop plan, and manage the land throughout the season.

When the program is complete, apprentices should have experience and knowledge of:

  • Farm Planning (crop planning, annual planning)
  • Administrative (taxes, farm regulatory requirements, food safety, record keeping, certification, water quality, etc.) at county, state, and federal level
  • Employment (HR, employee rights, OSHA, training, etc.)
  • Propagation (seed ordering, planting material, propagation on farm, field preparation, soil management)
  • Production (field prep, sow/plant, sowing techniques incld. tools and equipment)
  • Fertility Management
  • Water Management
  • Pest/Disease control
  • Cultural practices (trellising, mulching, season extension, etc.)
  • Crop Management (weed management, cultivation)
  • Harvest, Post-Harvest & Marketing (logistics from field to consumer)
  • Safety (safe practices, food safety, workers safety, equipment safety, building safety, etc.)
  • Orchard Management/Annuals

Hours & Compensation
This is a full time training position, working 45+ hours/week from February – November 2018, with a possible second year extension. Apprenticeship includes a stipend of $1400 – $1600 month, commensurate with experience. On-site residence is required in a yurt on the farm, including communal kitchen, living area and bathroom (rent $500/month). Apprentices are allowed all the organic fruits and vegetables you can eat and milk and eggs as available. We are willing to consider a couple for this apprenticeship.

Qualifications
– Must speak Spanish and English
– Prior experience with farm or large scale garden work (at least one season)
– Comfortable working around kids and occasionally helping with large school tours
– Willingness to work weekends, flexible hours and long summer hours
– Self-directed, excellent time management
– Able to live on the farm and commit to at least one season (through November) of work
– Some tractor experience
– Able to do physically demanding work, sometimes mundane, and repetitive tasks outside in adverse weather conditions (hot, cold, rain) for long periods of time
– Able to lift 50 lbs. bend, stretch and stand for extended periods of time.

Preferred Qualifications
– Permaculture experience, experience with tree care
– Animal husbandry experience
– Environmental/Farm/Garden education experience
– Some farm-related education

To apply, please complete this form: https://goo.gl/forms/ULju3srJq304Tbzh1

and e-mail your resumé to Alyssa Coke: admin@farmdiscovery.org

Volunteer

Volunteer Opportunities

volunteermatchlogoFor interest in our volunteer positions call or e-mail a resume to
Hayley, Education Coordinator: Education@FarmDiscovery.org
831-728-2032
or sign up through the VolunteerMatch

Program Docent

Program Docents help lead farm tours especially for large groups of students. Docents receive training to lead all of our field trip activity stations and learn tips and tricks for educating kids in an outdoor setting. During a field trip docents are either responsible for running one station four times with 12-15 kids, or all four stations with the same 12-15 kids all morning. Field trips are currently offered on Monday and Friday Mornings September through Thanksgiving and April through the end of the school year.

Garden Docent

Garden Docents help maintain our 1/3 acre Discovery Garden and surrounding Discovery Fields. With help and training from our staff, docents prepare beds, plant, harvest, propagate, mulch paths, and occasionally work with students in our educational spaces. Garden Docents are also welcome to join training sessions for Program Docents to learn our activities and outdoor education tips and tricks.

Event Docent

Event Docents act as ambassadors of our farm, lead learning stations, collect parking fees, set-up and clean-up during our 4 annual community events in March, June, September, and October.

Photographers/Bloggers

Photographs are an important tool for telling our story. We need photographers to take photos of our farm tours and events. The subject matter is inspiring and easy to make look good.  Who doesn’t love babies in vegetable patches, farm animals and glorious natural landscapes? We would welcome as many volunteers as are interested in helping us record our achievements.