Colchester Farm CSA Apprenticeship Program
We are now accepting applications for our 2017 season.
Each year, Colchester Farm CSA offers apprenticeships to individuals interested in gaining hands-on experience in sustainable vegetable production and the marketing of produce through a Community Supported Agriculture project and local farmers' markets.
For the 2017 season, we plan to have a team of 2 advanced apprentices starting in February or March and continuing until December, 1 full season apprentice (April through early December) and two summer apprentices (3 months: late May-late Aug).
We welcome applications for the apprenticeship from hard-working individuals from diverse backgrounds; the apprenticeship is designed for individuals with a serious interest in gaining the skills necessary to farm. Anyone with a serious interest in agriculture and the physical ability to work the long, strenuous hours of a farming schedule will be considered. For our advanced apprentice positions, we are looking for applicants with at least one year of farming experience.To apply, please email your letter of interest and resume with references.
CFCSA is a working/learning farm. Most of an apprentice's time is spent producing vegetables (planting, seeding, weeding, hoeing, harvesting, washing, and packing) alongside the CSA manager. We feel that apprentices learn best from hands-on experience; fieldwork is the core educational component of the apprenticeship. Although CFCSA is a non-profit organization, we rely on farm income to sustain the CSA and we consider our apprentices an integral and indispensable component of this operation. Thus, we prioritize providing apprentices instruction and a working knowledge of all farm tasks. In return, apprentices are expected to contribute their labor to accomplish farm work, taking on greater responsibility as they learn.
Apprentices are offered a stipend, on-farm housing, and access to farm produce and eggs. Kitchen facilities, bathrooms, and a general living space will be shared. Apprentices will have their own rooms.
More information is available in our Guide for Colchester Farm CSA Apprentices (pdf).
Learn more about the experience of past Colchester Farm CSA apprentices.
Allie Welsh's blog where she recorded her experiences as an apprentice during the 2005 season or Ali Linthicum's blog who was an apprentice with us in 2008.
Colchester Farm | P.O. Box 191 | Georgetown MD 21930 | (at 31285 Georgetown Cemetery Rd)
Updated December 16, 2016