We share the following apprenticeship program as much for the potential apprentices as we do for all the farms out there who either run or would someday like to host apprenticeship programs. Common Hands Farm, a 150-acre biodynamic CSA farm in New York’s Hudson Valley, has a unique three-part internship broken up by Spring, Summer, and Fall seasons. The uncompensated spring block leans heavily on classroom and practical instruction in biodynamic farming; the stipended summer block focuses on practical work experience on the farm; and the fall specialization program allows apprentices to take on responsibility and projects of their own direction around the farm with the potential to transition into paid staff.
Full program description is included below the break. Application information is available at the very bottom of the page.
Common Hands Farm/Philmont Cooperative Apprentice Program
We are a 6 year old biodynamic farm which has recently relocated to 150 beautiful acres in Philmont NY. Our farm community supports itself through a CSA (community supported agriculture) and our main focus is on growing and delivering many annual, and some perennial, vegetables and herbs to 300 or more customers on a weekly basis.
Farm Apprentice Spring Learning Module:
Apprentice Specialization Program:
•Individuals who firmly believe in the emergence of of a new social/economic model as an urgent need in today’s world. They hope to bring about stronger more resilient communities.
•Individuals who have at least a basic, first hand experience of life on a farm. We prefer that applicants have either been employed by a production/market farm before or have volunteered on one.
•Individuals who are interested in living closely in a community of their peers. The apprentice program is also a life-sharing experience where we live closely together in a house or small surrounding structures. We cook together, care for the home together, support one another in friendship, and are ready for challenges that can arise when living and working in community. The wellbeing of everyone in the group is everyone’s concern.
•Individuals who are able to engage in everyday work life, caring for the success of the farm.We ask that apprentices are aspiring to the same level of skill and responsibility as their farmers and teachers. One might experience situations where quick decision making is necessary.
•Individuals who aspire to eventually farm or have a food business of their own, valuing the learning process and daily business operations as supporting this goal.
•Individuals who wish to challenge themselves. Physical and mental challenge is inevitable when farming during the summer months.
• Individuals with the health and ability to lift 50 lbs., work long days in all types of weather, and maintain their health and stamina by prioritizing sleep and a healthy lifestyle.