Hutchins Farm is seeking motivated, enthusiastic candidates for one apprentice position for the 2017 season.
The owners and managers of Hutchins Farm have many decades of agricultural experience combined. Through intensive hands-on learning and formal educational opportunities, the Hutchins Farm apprenticeship will provide apprentices with a broad understanding of the principles and techniques of diversified organic vegetable production.
Responsibilities will include:
Basic tractor operation, such as field preparation, transplanting, mowing, blind cultivation and other tasks. There may be opportunities to perform more advanced tractor operation such as cultivation, seeding, bed forming and spraying, depending on employee interest and the needs of the farm.
Semi-regular participation in daily harvests with the Harvest Manager and field crew, to assist the Harvest Manager to complete harvests efficiently with the proper techniques and adherence to quality standards.
Setting up and troubleshooting overhead irrigation, setting up drip irrigation.
Deploying and maintaining temporary fencing around sensitive crops, utilizing standard deer fencing as well as electric fence systems.
Greenhouse management, transplant propagation, watering, etc.
Assisting the Marketing and Sales Manager with stocking, serving customers, and staffing farmers’ markets.
Myriad other tasks that crop up in the course of organic vegetable production.
Paid time to attend bi-weekly EMass CRAFT farm visits.
Periodic formal education sessions from the Farm Manager and other managers covering the principles of organic vegetable production, guided by the particular interests of the apprentices, including: soil science and fertility, variety selection, crop rotation and field planning, marketing and pricing, organic certification, disease and pest management, and other topics.
Positive, enthusiastic and inquisitive attitude, and an excellent work ethic
Ability to work well in groups and independently
Ability to follow directions and to take constructive criticism
Must have valid drivers’ license
Must be able to lift at least 50lbs repeatedly
Candidates with some agricultural experience will be given preference
The Hutchins Farm Apprenticeship runs from April 1st until mid-November, with a possibility of limited winter employment both before April 1st and after November. Apprentices work five days a week including at least one weekend day during the peak season. A typical day is from 7am-4pm.
Candidates must be able to commit to the full season in order to qualify. Compensation will be $11/hr, with a $0.50 per hour worked year-end bonus contingent on completion of contract, plus vegetables from the farm. Housing is not available.
Please send a cover letter, resume and two references to the Farm Manager, Brian Cramer, at firstname.lastname@example.org