Vegetable/Flower Farm Apprenticeship

The Neighborhood Farm is small, all natural vegetable farm in the midst of a big transition! 2019 is our second season entirely on our new land at the historic Mainstone Farm property in Wayland.  This year we will continue building infrastructure, developing systems, establishing new planting areas and expanding our on site farm stand.  In 2018, we built a greenhouse, a high tunnel, and moved our all of our crops and infrastructure to our new land. 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. Our apprentices work alongside the rest of our crew on many 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. However, we try to provide a broad experience base for apprentices, exposing them to all aspects of farm production. Additionally, if apprentices are particularly interested in a certain topic, we can often provide more experience and responsibility in that area. 

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.

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.

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 $12/hour and is based on experience level, willingness to assume responsibility, and commitment for the season. Crew members also get lots of vegetables, seedlings and flowers from the farm.

To apply: email Kate at theneighborhoodfarm@gmail.com for an application

Wayland, MA