FARM APPRENTICESHIP

We are now accepting applications for the 2019 farm season. Apprentices will gain experience in all aspects of vegetable production and 100+ laying hen operation. Other livestock opportunities may be arranged based on interest and experience level. Apprenticeships run from April 1st through November 1st. A full-season commitment is required. Preference is given to folks with 1-2 seasons of hands-on farm experience.

Farm tasks include, but are not limited to:

  • Greenhouse seeding

  • Field seeding/transplanting

  • Helping with the CSA distribution and farmstand sales

  • Setting up and running irrigation

  • Weeding and cultivation

  • Harvesting produce

  • Washing and packing produce

  • Leading WWOOFers and other farm volunteers in field tasks

  • Animal chores

  • Helping with various activities of the non-profit, including concerts and fundraising events

Applicants must be self-motivated with strong communication skills and demonstrated leadership abilities. A positive attitude and willingness to work and live well with others is a must. Must be able to lift 50lbs.

In the beginning of the season, the 40-hour workweek is Monday-Friday, shifting to Tuesday-Saturday in June through the end of the season. Additional weekend duties will rotate amongst all full-season crew.

Pay is hourly. Housing is provided as well as access to vegetables plus a weekly food stipend.

Most of the learning will be hands-on and/or self-directed. There will also be some organized educational opportunities both on-farm and in conjunction with other local/regional farms, including a grass-fed beef operation that is currently leasing a portion of our property.

Apprentices and WWOOFers (up to a total of 7) are housed in the historic Manor House with options available for tenting. Bedrooms are shared (2 or 3 per room). Toilets, electric and wifi are available at the house while a modern kitchen, laundry and shower facility is a short walk away. Meals are eaten together, and cooking and cleaning responsibilities are shared. A comfort level with a communal living environment is essential.

Active participation in community events as well as Manor-sponsored cultural events is strongly encouraged. Concerts, worksongs, contradance and fundraiser benefits are a few of the activities apprentices will be involved with.

All interested applicants should send resume and cover letter to jcraig@sylvestermanor.org


LONG-TERM VOLUNTEERING ON THE FARM (WWOOFing)

Long-term volunteers work alongside the field crew roughly four 8-hour days per week. Daily activities include seeding, bed preparation, transplanting, weeding, harvesting, washing, packing, animal chores, construction projects, farmstand work, farm-based education, etc. The work is hard, but also highly educational and rewarding. Volunteers need not have farm experience, but must be enthusiastic about growing food.

  • We ask a minimum of one month commitment and prefer at least two months. We are able to accommodate live-in volunteers from April through the end of October.

  • Food, housing and kitchen and bath amenities are included in WWOOF experience. Tenting is also an option.

  • Evening and weekend activities include fishing, swimming (sandy beaches located within 1 mile), hiking, music making and attending various organization sponsored events.

  • During the week, we share all meals and rotate cooking responsibilities. Vegetarian and vegan diets are accommodated.

  • Children and pets are not allowed.

  • Public transportation is available from Manhattan, Boston and New London, CT, to Greenport, NY, which is just a short ferry ride away from Shelter Island.

We are currently accepting applications for the 2019 season. If you are interested in WWOOFing, please apply using the form below. 

 

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