Interns/apprentices train Monday through Friday from 7-12, and then three hours in the afternoons. We expect interns/apprentices to work 8 hours per day minimum; however, given the nature of farming, some days will be longer, up to 10-11 hour days. Breakfast needs to be eaten and cleaned up before work at 7am. In the morning we train as a team, planting, prepping beds, weeding, harvesting, processing chickens, cleaning manure, training tomatoes, managing pests, building irrigation systems, laying out drip lines, washing and packing produce, packing meat for market, harvesting lettuce mix, etc.…
Afternoons are more flexible. We take a long lunch break/siesta—two to three hours —and start again around 4pm and work until 7, which is very nice on hot summer days. Interns/apprentices often use their afternoon break to dip in the farm swimming pond or nearby river, run errands in town, or find a shady spot to rest. We take turns going to farmers’ market and working independently on projects.
Our interns/apprentices rotate through weekly animal chores, including weekend duties, where the intern/apprentice is in charge of all animal husbandry, irrigation, and generally keeping an eye on the status of the farm. If you are on weekend duty you are expected to be at the farm. You will likely be on weekend duty 5 times through the course of the 6 month season. Otherwise, weekends are free.
One intern/apprentice works in the commercial kitchen Monday-Friday and is responsible for making lunch for the crew, assisting our chef, washing dishes, processing farm items, helping customers in the store, and setting up and cleaning. The farm store and kitchen is an important new element of the farm and potential interns/apprentices must be willing and excited to cook and participate in food preservation.