Colchester Farm CSA Apprenticeship Program
We are no longer accepting applications for the 2014 season.
Please contact us in the fall if you are interested in an apprenticeship for the 2015 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 2014 season, we will have a team of 3 full season apprentices (April through the end of November) and one summer apprentice (3 months: late May-late Aug). We will also have a year-round advanced apprentice/education coordinator who started mid-February.
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, though prior farming experience is not necessarily required. Anyone with a serious interest in agriculture and the physical ability to work the long hours of a farming schedule will be considered. 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. Apprentices who have the inclination and ability may have the opportunity to be involved with our education programming as well. Apprentices learn by doing; 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 interns 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).
Beginning Farmer Training Program
In 2014, we are planning to partner with Future Harvest and host one or two trainees of their Beginning Farmer Training Program. We have hopes that this program will help provide a more extensive training experience for our apprentices who are interested in going on to run their own operations. If you are interested in apprenticing with us for the full season, have farming experience, and plan to start your own farming operation this may be a good match for you. Applications for 2014 are currently being accepted, and they hope to select trainees by the holidays. For more information about the program, please visit their website.
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 March 18, 2014